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Vivid Sydney at the Ace Hotel Sydney

While the city shines brightly this winter, there's plenty to do at this vibe-heavy venue in the Hollywood Quarter.
By Grace MacKenzie
May 29, 2023
By Grace MacKenzie
May 29, 2023

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Sydney's Hollywood Quarter is the super lush set of streets between Central, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills that are home to some of our faves: Pellegrino 2000, Alberto's Lounge, NOMAD and Poly (to simply name a few). The micro-precinct is ramping up the good times while Vivid Sydney rolls into town — and Ace Hotel Sydney is set to host a stellar lineup of art-powered events. From Friday, May 26 till Saturday, June 17, a whole range of installations, culinary pop-ups and live music performances curated by Arts-Matter will be taking over all levels of the Wentworth Avenue digs.

First up, let's chat lobby parties. Here's where you can hang out and soak in the power of music into the wee hours. On Wednesday, May 31, Derrick Gee is making the music community minded with All Together Now, an event that spotlights a Spotify playlist that can be curated by attendees.

On Wednesday, June 7, Music in Exile is joining forces with Kerfew to deliver beats from members of the Australian South Asian diaspora, the venue's ground-floor space setting the stage for talents from our music industry with a unique lens of culture and language. And on Wednesday, June 14, Kids in the Cut (with the support of Yuth2Yuth) are DJing. Throughout June, record label Finer Things is bringing the vibes and taking up residence in the lobby space on Fridays.

On the visual side of things, a whole bunch of artistic talents are adding to the Hollywood Quarter's pull. A neon flourish is added via Rel Pham's vivid technicolour works which will be projected onto the walls in Foy Lane at the rear of the hotel.

The works of other artists will grace the walls here too. There's Wendy Yu (pictured at top; work pictured above), Mia Forrest, Phil James and many more. On Saturday, June 17, Justin Ridler's multifaceted works, which fuse photography and technology, will make for a brilliant finisher to the series.

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The Ace Hotel Sydney's sleek rooftop spot Kiln, helmed by Mitch Orr (pictured above), is getting in on the Vivid action too. Joining forces with Jeremy Fox — of LA faves Birdie G's and Rustic Canyon — the Kiln team will hero stunning-yet-simple plates at a series of five-course share-style dinners. Bookings are absolutely essential, so if you want one of the $150-a-head spots, you better be quick. And, on Saturday, June 17, a hip hop party is getting Sydney grooving into Sunday. The lineup of DJs is yet to be announced, but you'd be silly to miss a late-night dance fest in this special setting — so keep an eye on the website.

Hollywood Quarter's Ace Hotel Sydney will be hosting a range of exclusive events during Vivid 2023. For more information and to plan your trip, head to the website.

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