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Vivid Sydney 2023 Dates and New Food Program Announced as the Lights Switch Off for 2022

Vivid Sydney 2022

Vivid Sydney 2022

SYDNEY, June 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — More than 2.2 million people attended Vivid Sydney 2022 before the lights were switched off at 11pm (AEST) on Saturday 18 June, delivering the biggest, brightest and most brilliant festival of creativity, innovation and technology in the event’s 12-year history.

Following 23 days of illuminating light artworks, music performances and thought-provoking talks and immersive workshops, festival organisers today provided a beacon of light for fans of Australia’s largest event, announcing the festival dates for 2023.

Vivid Sydney 2023 will take place from Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June and will feature for the first-time dedicated food programming – Vivid Food – which will sit alongside Light, Music and Ideas.

Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Minister for Tourism and Sport and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said Vivid Sydney continues to offer attendees new and fresh reasons to visit while turbocharging NSW’s visitor economy.

“Vivid Sydney provides a mid-year boon for restaurants, bars, cafes and retail in the central business district (CBD) and along the festival’s footprint. Participation figures for this year show that NSW has fallen back in love with Sydney,” Mr Ayres said.

“In 2022, more than 650,000 Vivid Sydney attendees dined out on the footprint. Feedback indicates this Vivid Sydney has delivered industry with patrons on par with the pre-pandemic festive seasons. It is this natural synergy between the festival and dining out that has led us to introduce Vivid Food, which will give chefs, producers, restaurateurs and event companies the opportunity to create festival food events, stimulating visitation to CBD restaurants and venues and promoting Sydney as a global dining destination.”

Festival Director Gill Minervini added: “I’m thrilled that my first program for Vivid Sydney has been received so well. There has been a real buzz in Sydney over the last 23 nights and it’s wonderful to see so many people back in the CBD enjoying the essence of this great city and what makes it authentically unique.

“Vivid Sydney has provided a much-needed injection to Australia’s creative, entertainment, hospitality and tourism industries and with planning for the 2023 festival well and truly underway, I have no doubt that we will deliver a dynamic, thought-provoking and inspirational line-up in 12 months’ time.”

To relive the magic of the biggest, brightest and boldest Vivid Sydney ever, an incredible FPV (First-Person-View) drone fly-through shot by Destination NSW has been released. Audiences can take in 2022’s thrilling 8km Light Walk, the longest in the history of the event, stretching from Circular Quay to Central Station.

Captured over three mornings, micro drones provide a real-life, 2.5-minute journey past key light artworks and 3D projections including Yarrkalpa – Hunting Ground 2021 on the Sydney Opera House Sails, Ken Done’s For Sydney with Love on Customs House, New York Sunday on the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Ephemeral Oceanic on the waters of Walsh Bay, and Sydney Infinity, the largest light and water show ever seen in Australia at Darling Harbour.

Vivid Sydney 2023 Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Light, Music, Ideas and Food will open on Saturday 18 June. Light and Cross Art Form EOIs will close on Monday 1 August with Ideas, Music and Food closing on Monday 19 September. The Vivid Sydney EOI outlines opportunities for artists, designers, creative industry professionals, equipment suppliers, architects, engineers, businesses, restaurants, event companies, chefs, producers and educational institutions to present their ideas, designs, concepts and interest for inclusion in the festival program.

To find out more about the EOIs go here.

For more information on Vivid Sydney go to www.vividsydney.com. Get social using @vividsydney #vividsydney. For all the latest information on Vivid Sydney 2023 sign up to receive MyVivid updates here.

Media contact:

Wayne Mitcham, Destination NSW – wayne@amio.nz

Related Images

Image 1: Vivid Sydney 2022

Credit: Destination NSW

Image 2: Earth Deities

Artist – Ramesh Nithiyendran (Australia) Image credit – Destination NSW

Image 3: New York Sunday

Artists – Helen Eager (Australia) / Julian Reinhold (Australia) / Rico Reinhold (Australia) Image credit – Destination NSW

Image 4: Temple

Artists – Leila Jeffreys (Australia) / Melvin J. Montalban (Australia) Image credit – Destination NSW

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CIMB Foundation to plant 7,000 mangroves at KSNP over next two years

KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 (Bernama) — CIMB Foundation has committed to planting 7,000 mangrove trees through its Mangrove Conservation Initiative, towards restoring mangrove canopy gap areas at the Kuala Selangor Nature Park (KSNP) over the next two years.

In collaboration with the Institute for Environment and Development of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (LESTARI-UKM) and The Malaysian Mangrove Research Alliance and Network (MyMangrove), the project will be further enriched through the efforts of volunteers combined with resources and research by conservation experts and environmental NGOs.

This effort would help increase awareness of the importance of building healthy mangrove biodiversity and ecosystems, CIMB and LESTARI-UKM said in their joint statement, here, today.

“The initiative will have a sustainable impact on approximately 40 per cent of the 200,000-strong population of the Kuala Selangor district, through protection against the effects of land erosion, storms and tidal surges.

“In addition, it will expand the mangrove forests, aid the restoration of abandoned aquaculture ponds, and is also expected to have a spillover effect on the Kuala Selangor district community and offering an additional economic venture for five fishing communities through the creation of marketed and commercialised products.

“Mangroves play an important function in producing and providing ecosystems which benefit the fauna and surrounding communities. They also act as an agent in protecting key environmental and climate cycles, as well as the rich biodiversity,” it added.

The foundation is taking an active step in mitigating the effects of climate change through the CIMB-UKM Mangrove Conservation Initiative which consists of three parts, namely, Education and Awareness, Habitat Restoration, and Research and Development.

The programmes include mangrove planting, nursery, biodiversity and ecosystem services, as well as research on carbon stock and carbon sequestration in developing mechanisms for carbon financing.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

IADA allocates RM90,000 to level padi land in Pasir Puteh

PASIR PUTEH, June 19 (Bernama) — The Kemasin Semerak Integrated Agriculture Development Area (IADA) has provided an allocation of RM90,000 to implement work to level 50 hectares of land for padi planting in the Gaal area, here.

IADA director, Rohani Jusoh said IADA would use the laser surveillance method to achieve good levelling work by using the uniformity index technology.

“A total of 63 farmers in the Gaal area will be supplied with the NMR152 padi seeds involving procurement of seed input totalling RM19,845.

“This seed is resistant to diseases and does not require a lot of water supply and suitable for this area which often faces water shortage during the drought season,” she said.

She said this to reporters after the launching of the IADA Padi Yield Improvement Campaign here today by Agriculture and Food Industries deputy minister Datuk Dr Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh.

Elaborating, Rohani said IADA targeted the padi yield would go up two to three times compared to the current harvest.

“Among the factors influencing padi yield in this area is the problem of insufficient water supply so nearby streams must be blocked (air tandak) and the water channelled to the padi fields to ensure there is always sufficient water to boost the padi output,” she added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Not wrong to investigate judges but probe should not be publicised – PM

BERA, June 19 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said there is nothing wrong for judges to be investigated on allegations of misconduct or wrongdoings but the matter should not be publicised.

Ismail Sabri said no one is above the law and enforcement agencies like the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the police were free to investigate if they suspected a criminal offence had been committed.

However, to preserve respect for the judicial institution, investigations against judges should not be publicised, he said.

“There is no need for them (enforcement agencies) to announce who is involved … telling the media about the investigation.

“I do not see anything wrong about investigating judges implicated in criminal wrongdoings. We are not saying a crime has been committed, as it is only at the investigation stage.

“But there is no need to publicise it and reveal to the media the names of those under probe. Maybe that is what is being questioned,” he said, without naming the individuals or agencies involved.

He said this when asked on the Malaysian Bar’s ‘Walk for Judicial Independence’ assembly held at Padang Merbok in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

Ismail Sabri said the Malaysian Bar’s action might be in response to the way the agency concerned was conducting its investigation.

Ismail Sabri, the Bera MP, was speaking at a media conference after attending a meet-and-greet session with workers of the Bera Parliamentary Constituency Jalinan Rakyat (JR) at Kompleks Rakan Muda Bera here today.

He reiterated that the government subscribes to the principle of separation of powers, with the judiciary given the freedom to conduct trials and make rulings without interference from any parties.

Meanwhile, when asked on the proposed Political Funding Bill, he said the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law, and Attorney-General’s Chambers) had been directed to make comprehensive studies for it to be tabled to the Cabinet before being taken to Parliament.

Asked on today’s programme, Ismail Sabri, who is UMNO vice-president, reminded the Barisan Nasional (BN) machinery to start preparing for the 15th general election (GE15) and not wait until the last minute.

“We need to be prepared because GE15 has to be held one year from now at the latest and that is not a long time. That is if it is held in July (next year) but it can also be called earlier,” he added.

Ismail Sabri expressed satisfaction with the cooperation shown by component parties involved in the BN machinery, including in activating the JR.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

MEHub invites employers from various sectors to create more job opportunities for Melakans

MELAKA, June 19 (Bernama) — The Melaka Employment Hub (MEHub) is inviting employers and companies in various sectors in the state to collaborate in creating more employment opportunities, especially for Melakans.

MeHub president Senator Datuk Mohd Ridhwan Mohd Ali said under the ‘train and place’ concept, job seekers would be given training according to skills appropriate to their academic qualifications or talents before being placed into the appropriate employment sector.

He said to date, MEHub had trained and placed workers for the Oil and Gas sector with the cooperation of the Melaka National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Pertubuhan Ikatan Mahasiswa Anak Melaka and the Melaka Youth Coalition Council.

“We have observed that the demand for workers in the Oil and Gas sector is high but it is not easy to land jobs in the sector because it requires certified skills since it involves the country’s critical asset. Furthermore, most of them have limited exposure in this field.

“So far, MEHub has managed to prepare 30 professionals to be placed into the industry since the course or certification in the field was conducted in May, with a salary of around RM3,000 per person,” he said to reporters when met here today.

He said MEHub was in the midst of drawing up a cooperaton framework with several oil and gas companies like Shell and Petron in Negeri Sembilan for job placements in the sector and are hoping to produce over 100 professionals in the field next year.

According to Mohd Ridhwan, MEHub is also planning to collaborate with the Ministry of Higher Education to help graduates enter the workforce more quickly.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Malaysia sends special rep to India over insults against the Prophet – Saifuddin

KUANTAN, June 19 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has sent his special representative to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to personally convey to the government, Malaysia’s views over the insults against Prophet Muhammad SAW.

In addition, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah said the Foreign Ministry summoned India’s High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur on June 7, to convey Malaysia’s protest over the incident.

“So far, it is understood that the special envoy has not been able to hold an official meeting with the Prime Minister of India. The move was to ensure that our views are conveyed personally to the highest authorities in India,” he told a press conference after attending the Twenty’s Talk Hi-Tea Programme, here today.

KUANTAN, June 19 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has sent his special representative to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to personally convey to the government, Malaysia’s views over the insults against Prophet Muhammad SAW.

In addition, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah said the Foreign Ministry summoned India’s High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur on June 7, to convey Malaysia’s protest over the incident.

“So far, it is understood that the special envoy has not been able to hold an official meeting with the Prime Minister of India. The move was to ensure that our views are conveyed personally to the highest authorities in India,” he told a press conference after attending the Twenty’s Talk Hi-Tea Programme, here today.

Elaborating, Saifuddin, who is also Indera Mahkota MP, said the Indian government took swift action as the two politicians from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who insulted the Prophet were removed from their government positions.

“I was at the ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers Special Meeting on June 16 and the next day I attended a bilateral meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankardi where I had the opportunity to convey the views of the Malaysian government on this issue.

“He (Dr. Subrahmanyam) said the derogatory remarks did not represent India’s stand and we agreed that both parties need to find a way to resolve it in a better way if the matter is repeated in future,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Third Aircraft Carrier to Help China Match US, Japan in Western Pacific, Say Analysts

TAIWAN — China has launched a third aircraft carrier, likely a way to upgrade overall defenses in the face of stronger navies rather than to target any specific future battleground, analysts believe.

The carrier, called the Type 003 and christened Fujian, left its drydock at a shipyard outside Shanghai Friday morning and tied up at a nearby pier, state media reports said.

A third aircraft carrier would place China in a group of just 16 countries worldwide with the massive seaborne military airports. Around the Pacific, India, Japan and the United States operate carriers or are developing them.

China is after the same thing others are, experts say, which is proving to themselves and foreign governments that its carriers can someday work well together alongside older military units, if needed, as Western-backed rivals gain their own strength at sea.

The People’s Liberation Army Navy China received its first carrier, named the Liaoning, in 2012. It’s an overhauled former Soviet vessel bought from Ukraine. In December 2019, the navy got the Shandong, its second carrier and the first one built domestically.

“To develop aircraft carriers and enhance the ability to safeguard world peace is a necessary requirement for China to fulfill its international obligations,” said Liu Pengyu, spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. “China is committed to the path of peaceful development and firmly pursues a national defense policy that is defensive in nature. The possession of aircraft carriers will never change that.”

Slow uptake

The latest Chinese carrier must train for another two to three years before making any formal deployments, analysts believe.

Huang Chung-ting, associate research fellow with the Institute for National Defense and Security Research in Taipei, suggested the Type 003 may have been rushed into production to satisfy Chinese officials and some of its parts might not work as designed or as well as peers from other countries.

“Whether China’s technology can reach its ideal capabilities, we need to monitor their training and sea trial results and see,” Huang said.

“I think these PLA’s aircraft carriers have no way to do long-term activities outside the first-island chain,” he added. “Their power is actually, for the most part, in the near seas inside the first-island chain.”

The first-island chain runs south from Japan through Taiwan and the Philippines to Indonesia. Japanese and U.S. forces have traditionally had more strength than China in the wider Pacific Ocean to the east. Japan has two carriers under construction and the U.S. Navy operates 11.

Type 003’s aircraft-carrying technology is energy consumptive and some of it might do poorly in a battle outside the first-island chain – far from Chinese ports — Huang said.

Eventually, Type 003 will put to use technology that’s better than many foreign peers, said Chen Yi-fan, assistant professor of diplomacy and international relations at Tamkang University in Taiwan.

He pointed to a “very advanced” domestically made electronic magnetic catapult. “It was jumping at least two generations ahead of other aircraft carriers,” he said.

But Type 003 would struggle outside the first-island chain for lack of bases where it could resupply, Chen said. The United States, in contrast, has bases in Hawaii, Guam and Japan.

Future battlefields?

Type 003 is expected to report back to Fujian province in China’s southeast near Taiwan, Chen said. The Liaoning and Shandong are assigned to other nearby seas, he added.

China has claimed self-ruled Taiwan as its territory since the Chinese civil war of the 1940s, when Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists lost to Mao Zedong’s Communists and rebased in Taipei. Beijing says it will use force, if needed, to unite the two sides. Since mid-2020, it has flown land-based military planes over part of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone almost daily.

The Shandong has done at least one exercise in the South China Sea, according to the Chinese state-monitored Global Times news website. The first carrier, Liaoning, is believed to cover the East China Sea.

Beijing claims about 90% of the 3.5 million-square-kilometer South China Sea as its own, clashing with the claims of Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan.

Japan and the United States have urged China to leave the sea open for international use and both have voiced support for Taiwan. Washington periodically passes its own carriers near the island as a warning to Beijing.

PLA see their aircraft power as “weakening” now as Vietnam and the Philippines acquire missiles that could attack back, Huang said.

The Philippines was moving earlier this year to buy BrahMos anti-ship missiles from an Indian-Russian joint venture. Vietnam has expressed interest in the same missiles.

“I think it is very risky for the regional security in the future, when China can have like three aircraft carriers, not only the South China Sea, but also the East China Sea,” said Nguyen Thanh Trung, a faculty member at Fulbright University Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City.

Source: Voice of America