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Celebrating the anniversary of the first moon landing
While realising a childhood dream of becoming an astronaut or flying to the moon may seem a little out of reach for most people, you can enjoy a taste of what a mission to the moon might be like during Sydney Festival this January.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Sydney Festival will be featuring a number of free outdoor art installations exploring the inspirational achievement of Apollo 11's mission to the moon in 1969.
In Fly Me To The Moon, you are invited to take part in the ultimate challenge of cycling 384,400 kilometres to the moon. So just how is this possible you might ask? Great question! At World Square, you will find the answer.
Lunar Velocipede, is a flying bike sculpture, designed by those clever earthlings at Erth Visual & Physical and described as a pedal-powered rickshaw with wings. You are invited to pedal on the Lunar Velocipede or on other stationary bikes set up at World Square to clock up the required distance to the moon.
There will be organised rides to get involved with as well as digital cycle-friendly maps between installations. Alternatively, you can "donate" some kilometres from your own bike or spin class. To find out more you can click here.
This is a free installation located at World Square from 9th - 27th January 2019.
★ Did you know? The original spacesuits for Apollo 11 were designed by lingerie company, International Latex Corporation (currently known as Playtex).
Moon Drops at Darling Harbour (Image Credit: Zee Shake Lee )
Moon Drops at Darling Harbour is sure to be popular with the young and young at heart.
In this moon-inspired mini adventure, participants are invited to slip off their shoes and defy gravity on seven giant, bouncy, water-filled pads.
Imagined as rubber-encased drops of water or specs of mercury, albeit scaled up by 1000%, I expect most people would find it impossible to resist the fun of stepping, jumping or rolling on this installation and experiencing a little of the weightlessness of a walk on the moon.
There will also be a smaller accessible table-top Moon Drop suitable for anyone who would prefer to touch and feel a droplet without climbing on. Experience the fun for yourself at Darling Harbour in this free installation from 9th - 27th January 2019.
Moon Drops was designed by Jasmax in collaboration with Alt Group and Auckland Council Public Arts.
★ Did you know? When the Apollo 11 astronauts could not afford life insurance with an insurance company they instead signed hundreds of autographs before the launch. Those autographs were then handed to a friend who delivered them to the post office for postmarking on specific, important days. In the event that they didn't make it back to Earth, the autographs could then be sold and the astronauts' families looked after financially.
The 5oth Anniversary of the first moon landing is a great time to reflect on and pay tribute to the unsung heroes of space exploration.
The Apollo 11 Exhibition at Barangaroo South will pay tribute to the diverse heroes of space exploration with eleven newly commissioned astronaut sculptures, called Sydmonauts. The striking, three metre tall, orange astronaut sculptures will certainly be hard to miss around the streets of Barangaroo South and you can also learn some fascinating facts about some lesser known heroes of space exploration. In addition to the artworks, there will be participatory experiences free for the public to explore around the southern commercial, retail and dining precinct of Barangaroo.
BoxWars is a free workshop for children who want to create their very own cardboard space suit and rocket ship to take home and continue their cosmic adventures. BoxWars at Apollo 11 will take place from 18th - 20th January in Exchange Place Barangaroo. Recommended for ages 5 - 12 years, the workshops are free but registration is required (registration is available 15 minutes before each workshop). For workshop, times please click here.
The Apollo 11 Exhibition will run from 9th - 27th January 2019 at Barangaroo South.
★ Did you know?
After Apollo 11 arrived safely back on Earth, the crew were collected by a US Navy ship and brought to Hawaii. Despite having famously just walked on the moon, they were still asked to fill out a customs and declarations form at security. In the section asking "Departure From:" the Apollo 11 crew had to write "The Moon".
Now in its 43rd year, Sydney Festival will run from 9th - 27th January 2019 with a program that is adventurous and diverse. Festival director Wesley Enoch describes Sydney Festival 2019 as "bringing together a vibrant collection of dance, theatre, music and visual arts over 19 days that will set your soul alight and give you memories that will last a lifetime."
For a full program of Sydney Festival events, please click here.