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By Rosalina Menton

Vivid Light festival is back! Sydney’s favourite winter carnival of light, colour, music and spectacular illumination of the Harbour foreshore has just opened. Bigger than ever before, the festival has one aim this year, and that is to be the most exciting and interactive event on the Sydney calendar.

The Vivid Light festival is in its fourth year and has proven to be very popular amongst Sydney residents and tourists. Events New South Wales claims the program will feature 100 events over the 18-days of the festival. Events include performances by YEAH YEAH YEAH’s front-woman Karen O and many special performances at the Sydney Opera House to coincide with the event. Also on the line up are more than 60 interactive and immersive light installations, creative idea industry forum talks and key note speakers from the publishing, design, fashion and architecture industries.

Kristen Ellis from Art & Australia Magazine, describes the approach to create an interactive art installation environment as “sensational”. “It is wonderful for the public who wouldn’t normally consider art as part of their daily lives to experience creativeness in such a fantastic way.” Ellis is fully supports the idea of making art accessible saying “Art is more than just a painting on a wall in a gallery. All art is based on the foundations of sharing creativeness and expanding on quirky ideas. That is what is so special about the festival, it makes art fun and easy to participate in and it is becoming increasingly popular with every year.”

The Museum of Contemorary Art is transformed

The Museum of Contemorary Art is transformed

Its not just those who live and breath the art world who enjoy roaming the foreshore during the festival. Tegan Bartho 31, is glad the festival has finally arrived, “Its great to be able to finish work when it is already dark and take the long way to the train station via the pretty lights. Who doesn’t love to see colourful images on our iconic buildings and landmarks?” She will be making frequent trips to the event sites as she has planned a girl’s night out during the event. “My girlfriends and I have booked a great restaurant near the Opera House, we will be going out afterwards but we will absolutely be making a stop to play some light up hopscotch on our way to the club.”

The Vivid festival runs from 25 May until 11 June 2012. Light installation sights are spread across Circular Quay, The Rocks and The International Passenger Terminal.

Please enjoy the multimedia presentation below featuring some of the sights and sounds on display at this year’s event.

By Magnus Nygren Syversen
(Photos courtesy of Victor Ivanin and Stine Busch) 

About twenty young Europeans and Australians currently studying or working in Melbourne gathered at Bella Union on the corner of Lygon Street and Victoria Street this Sunday, joining a buzzing crowd to take part of the phenomenon that is Eurovision.

The yearly song competition began as far back as in 1956 and still gathers millions of Europeans in front of the television screens every year. This year the competition was held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Monash Exchange co-founder and organiser of the Eurovision event at Bella Union, Victor Ivanin.

Victor Ivanin, born and raised in Siberian Russia and currently residing in Bentleigh East, is a former post-graduate student at Monash University. Seeing an unfulfilled need at Monash for a student organisation that helped foreign students get in touch with young men and women in the same situation as themselves, Ivanin co-founded Monash Exchange (MEX), an unofficial organisation for foreign students at Monash University. However, through the use of social media such as Facebook the organisation stretches beyond just Monash students.

Having previously hosted several events in the previous year, it was through MEX Ivanin invited everyone to join him at Bella Union for a Eurovision extravaganza. Using Facebook as a medium to reach the masses, the event soon gained popularity, and while some appologetically declined around 20 students from countries such as Russia, France, Norway and Australian, amongst others, gathered at Bella Union to watch the Eurovision final. At the bar they were met by a larger crowd than perhaps expected.

“There must be over a hundred people here,” said Ida Waeraas, a Norwegian Deakin University graduate currently working in the CBD. Stine Busch, another Norwegian who graduated from Deakin University last year, argued that there must have been at least twice that amount, and Ivanin estimated the number of people was even more than that, suggesting a crowd of over 300. Whereas the exact number of people attending the event was difficult to determine, one thing is certain: Free seats were few and far between.

Ivanin was very happy with the turnout, and applauded the venue for its presentation of the song contest. “The night turned out surprisingly good, and the venue was absoutely jumping,” he said.

The two Norwegian girls also praised the athmosphere at Bella Union on Sunday night, poiting out that everyone in the audience seemed to have a great time and looked very engaged with the competition.

When it comes to the results Ivanin had a bit more to cheer for than Busch and Waeraas, with the Russian contribution “Party For Everybody” by Buranovskive Babushki, a group of old babushka-wearing grannies, coming in second place. Having handed out score sheets beforehand he could keep track of the points Russia gathered from its fellow European nations.

The audience watches as Norway’s contestant Tooji is voted last.

Unfortunately for the Norwegian girls this was not Norway’s night, with the nation’s hoepful artist Tooji finishing dead last with his song “Stay”. To add to the disappointment for the Norwegians, their arch-rival and neighbour Sweden took home the gold in this year’s competition. Swedish sweetheart Loreen was a favourite coming into the competition, and let nobody down with her “Euphoria”. Charming audiences across Europe the 28 year old took a comfortable win 113 points clear of Russia in second place.

Putting results aside Ivanin, Waeraas and Busch, as well as the rest of the MEX group, agreed this was a night they would all look back on with fondness.

Sierra’sThursday night at the local by Erin Jones

Posted: November 14, 2011 by ivoburum in mojo, Music
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Sierra a band of friends who are passionate about their music, bust it out every Thursday night in Mt Gambier.

Korean food and music provide this months cultural spread organised by students at Deakin university.