Don’t Miss These Incredible Free Installations At Sydney Festival

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Don’t Miss These Incredible Free Installations At Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival has entered its final week.

And as all good things must come to an end (some sooner than others), here are two events open all week that will disappear once the festival ends. So, if they seem like your kind of thing, best to get a move on. [Featured image: Sydney Festival]

Dodecalis Luminarium, Darling Harbour

You´ve probably seen friends post their Instagram pics of the hand-made, inflatable maze of winding paths, cavernous domes and colourful fabrics stitched together and thought, “Now, I don´t need to go.” But you do!


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As instagrammable as Architects of Air´s installation is, the real magic of Dodecalis Luminarium lies in the experience once inside.

Accompanied by a gentle sensory soundscape, Dodecalis Luminarium is a living, inhabited sculpture where no two visits result in the same experience as every trip within this wondrous space is constantly altered by user participation and changing weather and light.

Inspired by natural forms, geometric solids, Islamic and Gothic architecture,  Alan and Meko Parkinson have created a space that is both stimulating and relaxing at the same time. How will you feel once inside?

Location: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour.
Opening Times: Mon-Wed from 10am to 6pm. Thu-Sun from 10am to 5pm.
Price: Free. But if you want to skip the queues, half-hour ticketed sessions can be purchased for $20 but they are limited.
More Information: Sydney Festival website.

Three Views, Mosman

How many Sydneysiders know that in the early days of colonisation the authorities built defensive military sites around the bay to thwart invasions? How many Sydneysiders have been?



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First Nations artists Blak Douglas, Karla Dickens and Jason Wing (working with curator Djon Mundine OAM) are aware of the irony of these secret sites and have transformed them into a series of darkly humorous, thought-provoking and reflective site-specific installations for Sydney Festival.

As access to The Armoured Casemates is normally only available during tours, the chance to see them in a different light, removed from their original purpose, where past and present collide, is in itself fascinating.

And while you´re there, further discover Headland Park with its panoramic views, layered history, and native bushland and animals. Make a day of it: pack a picnic, take a walk and go for a dip.

However, be warned that access to Three Views at The Armoured Casemates is via an uneven path. Also, only two of the three casemates are accessible by wheelchair.

Location: Armoured Casemates, Chowder Bay Road, Georges Head, Mosman.
Opening Times: Every day from 12pm to 4pm.
More Information: Sydney Festival website.