May Gibbs’ Iconic Snugglepot and Cuddlepie to Light Up Sydney as Part of Vivid Sydney 2018

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By: Alex Harmon, ellaslist

In celebration of their 100 year anniversary, May Gibbs’ iconic and immortal characters, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie will come to life during Vivid Sydney 2018 on the façade of Customs House. This whimsical piece will be narrated by renowned Australian film and television actress Noni Hazlehurst, Patron of the Australian Children’s Laureate, and beloved by Play School devotees far and wide. 

Lights Go On

The Snugglepot and Cuddlepie light installation will be projected onto the beautiful sandstone exterior of Customs House during Vivid Sydney which runs from Friday 25 May to Saturday 16 June

2018 is special because it commemorates 100 years of May Gibbs’ beloved book, Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.  

Gumnut Babies 

May Gibbs most famous book, Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie was first published in 1918 following her Gumnut Babies series of booklets.  It sold out immediately, as did two more printings.  The reviews were universally good, including one from Miles Franklin, who bought the complete set of books and showed them to her friends in London. 

“We thought what better way to celebrate this anniversary and our Festival’s 10th birthday, than to feature May Gibbs’ magnificent works in this year’s Vivid Sydney Festival,” said Destination NSW CEO, and Vivid Sydney Executive Producer, Sandra Chipchase. 

“We’ve had to keep the news secret for quite some time,” said CEO Northcott, Kerry Stubbs.  “It’s great we can shout about it now and we hope it will reinvigorate the appreciation and love of May’s beautiful works,” she added. 

What Else For Kids?

As usual, we are excited about Vivid at Taronga Zoo. It's very family focused and doesn't have the jam-packed crowds of the city spots. 

This year you are invited to step inside a world of scientific discovery and become a Light For the Wild. Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo is shining a light on conservation and the wonders of wildlife with a spectacular display of light sculptures. Alongside the festival favourites from last year, you’ll meet a whole new mob of awe-inspiring animals.

Walk through the mouth of a shark as it splashes through the façade of Taronga’s heritage entry building, to emerge into a marine world and meet some of NSW’s most magnificent aquatic species. Next, tread quietly through the Sumatran jungle, finding rare and ferocious creatures along the way.  Alight into the Taronga Centenary Theatre and be immersed in a 270° cinematic light and sound spectacle.

Luna Park Lights Up

And... this is very exciting... for the first time ever, Luna Park will be lit up. The iconic amusement park will come alive with a large-scale projection on its facade of New York’s Coney Island. We pick this will be another popular spot for families. We can't wait! 

Vivid Sydney runs from Friday 25 May to Saturday 16 June, 2018.





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