An evening of music, cinema, art and more . . .

Festivities kick off at sunset with DJ Richard Weiss.  Our friends from Grasshopper are heading to Martin Place too with an exclusive cocktail on offer called ’Ketel One Cityscape’  and enjoy food from Sydney Food Trucks.

  • 5pm – 6.30pm DJ Richard Weiss
  • 6.30pm – 6.45pm Official Opening by Lord Mayor Clover Moore Announcement of Sydney Life and Little Sydney Lives prizes
  • 6.45pm – 7pm DJ Richard Weiss
  • 7pm – 8.15pm Ben Walsh and The Orkestra of the Underground perform visual masterpieceThe Arrival (on the big screen) based on the popular book by Shaun Tan.
  • 8.15pm – 8.30pm DJ Richard Weiss
  • 8.30pm – 10pm The Break

Take a free vintage bus tour from 7pm running every 15 minutes and discover some of this year’s installations or explore a museum or gallery.

Get a taste of The Break

Martin Place Stage Line Up

Richard Weiss

DJ Richard Weiss

One of Australia’s most highly regarded and versatile DJs. His CV includes the opening of the Sydney Olympics in Martin Place; the opening of Fox Studios and the premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, along with many infamous Mardi Gras parties and Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Ben Walsh

Ben Walsh

Ben Walsh has been touring professionally since the age of 18 as a composer and drummer. His work includes writing and performing with his brass heavy horn ensemble The Crusty Suitcase Band, and the eclectic Orkestra of the Underground.

Shaun Tan Image for Launch Page

Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the ‘good drawer’, and books such as The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival  have been widely translated and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun also directed the Academy Award winning short film The Lost Thing with Passion Pictures Australia.

The Arrival

Since its publication, The Arrival has enchanted readers young and old across the globe.

Using compelling sepia toned images to tell a wordless story of displacement and change, this much-loved book has inspired superlative reviews and received numerous awards both here and overseas.

When world respected percussionist Ben Walsh first saw the book, he not only fell in love with it, he immediately imagined the story brought to life with sound. In 2010, Ben and his 10 piece band The Orkestra of the Underground first breathed musical life into these beautiful illustrations, performing at the Sydney Opera House Graphic Festival.

Photo of band members from The Break in costume

The Break

Australia’s most innovative and powerful surf rock band. Featuring Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes), Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil), guitarist Martin Rotsey(Midnight Oil) and Jack Howard (Hunters & Collectors), The Break is all raw energy, rips, swells and unforgettable chants.


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