ARA staff volunteer for Tumbalong Lights at Vivid Sydney 2019

ARA proudly partnered with industry leaders to deliver the magical and inclusive Tumbalong Lights playground at Sydney’s Vivid Lights Festival.

“ARA is proud to be involved with the Tumbalong Lights inclusive playground at Vivid Sydney. This year’s space theme was fun and inspiring and it was great to see people of all ages and abilities enjoying the creative installations on display”.

Allison McCann, Chief Financial Officer, The ARA Group

Every year, Sydney’s Vivid Lights Festival lights the way with world-class creativity and innovation that the whole family can enjoy. More than 2 million visitors attended this year’s festival across 23 days and nights of immersive outdoor light displays, art installations, live music and free events taking place in over eight precincts from May 24 – June 15.

To ensure that everyone has the opportunity to experience and enjoy the music events and light displays, Vivid ensures that there are accessible and inclusion options available for visitors of all ages and abilities, including accessible viewing areas and accessibility map as well as interactive guest experiences, audio descriptions, text to talk and wheelchair hire. 

For the second year in a row, the ARA Group was proud to play a special role in bringing inclusion and accessibility to Vivid Lights through our sponsorship of the Tumbalong Lights playSPACE playground in Darling Harbour. We partnered with Vivid’s Access and Inclusion PartnerCushman & Wakefield, as well as fellow light contributors Minter Ellison, Charter Hall, Suncorp and Westpac to deliver a series of installations with Australian artists that were inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. ARA staff volunteered at the Tumbalong playSPACE to provide assistance to attendees and ensure that everything ran smoothly.

The ARA team ready to volunteer at the Tumbalong Lights playSPACE (from left to right): Kay Thangarajah, Rachel Yang, Lance Liu, Ranuka Fernando, Charlie Dewage and Assa Nguyen.
Allison McCann, ARA’s Chief Financial Officer and Edward Federman, ARA’s Executive Chair and Managing Director volunteer at the Tumbalong Lights inclusive playground.

Tumbalong Lights playSPACE installations

“Installations and activations have been produced to the principles of ‘universal design’ so that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy a trip to outer space”.

Cushman & Wakefield – Vivid Sydney’s Access and Inclusion Partner
Under the Milky Way Artists: Pink Cactus (Australia), Spiire: Matt York (Australia) in partnership with Miss Karlie Noon.
To The Moon And Back Artist: Habitat Media (Australia)
Alien Visitor Artists: Kieran Kenny (Australia) Jonathan Nix (Australia)
See What I See Artists: 42 Interactive (Australia) / Digby Webster (Australia)
Spaceballs Artist: George Buchanan (Australia)

Download the Tumbalong Lights Social Story, prepared by Autism Awareness Australia

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