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Vivid Sydney is back – and more accessible than ever

It seems that Vivid grows and glows brighter than ever each time it returns. This year, the world’s largest festival of music, light, and ideas will highlight disability awareness by offering a variety of accessibility facilities. Take a look at how this year’s Vivid celebrations will be more inclusive than ever.

Over 150 wheelchair accessible events

The most famous and nationally-treasured part of Vivid Sydney is its light installations. Between May 25 and June 16, over 150 Vivid events will be wheelchair accessible, including over 50 light installations along the Vivid Light Walk. 50 musical events including DJ sets, concerts and intimate performances will also be wheelchair accessible, as well as 57 Ideas events.

Accessible viewing areas will create designated spots to relax from the crowds. These areas will be at the Sydney Opera House, Dawes Point and Darling Harbour and will open from 6pm each night between May 25 and June 16.

You can find all wheelchair accessible events here.

Auslan-interpreted talks, screenings, and performances

For those that are hearing impaired, Vivid will have live Auslan interpreters across ten highlighted events. One of these events is a panel discussing how accessibility makes for a more liveable city. The panel will include disability advocates, urban developers, Paralympians, and publishers who will explore how putting disability and inclusion at the forefront of the town planning agenda can lead to a better more liveable city for all. DJ sets and musical performances will also have Auslan-interpreters.

Find the complete list of Vivid Sydney’s Auslan-interpreted events here.

55 audio-described installations and events

Each audio-described event will cater for those that are blind or have low vision. Trained audio describers will give live, verbal descriptions at events across the Vivid Festival. Audio descriptions will be made available for the Light Walk to ensure each visitor can enjoy the stunning installations.

For details on all audio-described events happening at this year’s Vivid celebrations, click here.

Companion Card-friendly events

Companion Cards are an extremely important accessibility facility for those living with a disability. Those living with a permanent disability can bring along a support worker to 22 of Vivid’s special events this year. If you’re a support worker providing support through platforms like Mable, you can apply for a Companion Card to accompany your client to certain events for free.

You can find all Companion Card-friendly events here.

Hearing loop facilities

20 Vivid events will offer hearing loop or audio induction loop facilities to ensure those with hearing aids can have complete access to the event. Vivid venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and the City Recital Hall have an induction hearing loop system.

You’ll find a complete list of all 20 events offering hearing loop services here.

Sensory-friendly and interactive exhibitions

Vivid 2018 is committed to creating a city-wide event that can accommodate for everyone. One of their Ideas events is a sensory-friendly interactive workshop. Ideas to Innovation is designed to create a safe and relaxing environment for those living with a disability. The workshop encourages creative thinking and audience participation and invites all those on the autism spectrum or living with a sensory sensitivity disability to come along.

The Tumbalong Lights will make a comeback this year and will be offering families who have children living with a disability to pre-book free tickets.

If you’re keen to see the spectacular lights of Vivid 2018 and require further assistance, visit their site. Here, you can contact Vivid’s Access and Inclusion Coordinator and pre-plan your trip.

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