The Tanqueray Botanical Lounge pop-up bar launches at the Cruise Bar for VIVID 2015

On the first night of VIVID 2015, Friday 22 May, media and industry were invited to see VIVID from one of the best vantage spots in Circular Quay while enjoying Tanqueray cocktails and fine food for the launch of The Tanqueray Botanical Lounge at the Cruise Bar.

Cruise Bar has turned level one of its premises into a nautical inpired bar and level two of its premises into an Asian inspired Tanqueray Botanical Lounge pop-up specifically for VIVID 2015..

Inspired by the Hong Kong-esque water front light shows, The Tanqueray Botanical Lounge will be themed with colourful parasols, and ruby red lanterns illuminating the space with their seducing warmth.

Visitors will be drawn into a botanical wonderland, starting their journey from the ground floor with dense ivy panels creating a magical staircase reminiscent of a covert entrance. Enticing them upstairs will be the alluring and seductive sounds and smells of fresh herbs and cocktails being created with the world class favourite Gin.

Guests will be able to get their taste buds tingling with Tanqueray’s exclusive selection of unique mouth-watering cocktails. Enjoy the magic, and light up for the LIVID FOR a MARTINI, which contains the perfect mix of warm herbs and spices, or discover the bitter sensation of the TRICHROMATIC. Feeling safe, go simple with the NEGRONI, or channel your inner fighter with the kick-ass KUNG PAO SIPPER. If you are feeling nautical sail the high seas with the SHIP BREAK HIGHBALL, which has a delicious blend of lychee, Tanqueray, macadamia, dill and Yuzu.

Tanqueray gin combines a rich, full flavour and bold, layered taste, crafted from a complex combination of only the best botanicals (juniper, peppery coriander, aromatic angelica root and liquorice), which have been selected and distilled to deliver an elegant and beautifully balanced premium gin since 1830.

The Tanqueray Botanical Lounge’s exotic-cool mix of cocktails, great food and top DJ talent makes this the spot for groups to gather and soak up the VIVID atmosphere all night long.

Free to enter, and open nightly from 5pm until late. The Tanqueray Botanical pop-up is open from Saturday 23rd June till Monday 8th June.

Group packages for 20 plus available, for more information please contact events@cruisebar.com.au

For more information visit www.cruisebar.com.au or P: (02) 9251 1188

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VIVID Sydney is set to shine even brighter this year with its biggest program ever

Vivid Sydney, now in its seventh year, is set to shine even more brightly in 2015 when the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas delivers its biggest program yet. For 18 nights, from 22 May – 8 June, Vivid Sydney will again transform the city and harbour.

The 2015 program includes expansion into new city precincts Chatswood and Central Park , its biggest ever music program including Australian exclusives such as The Hoodoo Gurus at the Powerhouse Museum and Daniel Johns’ international solo debut at the Sydney Opera House, and heavy-hitting speakers at Vivid Ideas.

Vivid Sydney is an incredible public event that has seen amazing growth, attracting a record 1.43 million attendees in 2014. It’s the largest festival of its kind in the world, and with our biggest program yet, there’s even more to love about Vivid Sydney this year.

Favourite locations Circular Quay , Walsh Bay , Martin Place , and Darling Harbour are back with over 60 light installations and projections with even more opportunity for visitors to get hands on, more water theatre shows – this time with lasers and fire – and new and expanded programming at Pyrmont and The Star and the University of Sydney . The sandstone canvases of Customs House and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) will also return with spectacular new 3D projections.

With all eyes on the Sydney Opera House , Lighting of the Sails will once again take its place as the centrepiece of the amazing light spectacular during Vivid Sydney, with Universal Everything promising awe-inspiring projections that will reimagine the architecture as a living mural, with a diverse series of vibrant, hand-drawn sequences.

Vivid Music will introduce its most expansive program yet, featuring more shows and venues and an impressive line-up of local and international talent, The Hoodoo Gurus will perform an exclusive one-off show at the Powerhouse Museum and a new line up of cutting edge, innovative performances will be held across the city at new venues Goodgod Small Club , Oxford Art Factory and Freda’s , with the Seymour Centre , The Basement , The Argyle and Barrio Cellar part of the line-up again in 2015.

Part of the Vivid Music program, Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House features a 10-night run of exclusive Sydney-only performances and for the first time will also include two large scale outdoor events, internal light projections and an event for kids and families. Features include four exclusive performances from Morrissey, Daniel Johns in his international solo debut, Sufjan Stevens in his only Australian performances and FCX – 10 Years of Future Classics featuring Flume and Flight Facilities .

With a line-up of heavy-hitting speakers, Vivid Ideas introduces The Game Changers , a new talk series this year headlined by three global influencers: multi Emmy-winning writer Matthew Weiner , series creator and executive producer of Mad Men and former executive producer and writer on The Sopranos; Grammy-winning designer Stefan Sagmeister , whose clients include the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed and the Guggenheim Museum; and entrepreneur and publisher Tyler Brûlé , founder of the world-famous magazines Wallpaper and Monocle .

Vivid Sydney welcomes the return of Intel, a world-leader in computing technology, as event partner for the fifth consecutive year. 2015 Supporters include Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, City of Sydney, Sydney Opera house, The Star, Canon, Indeed, 32 Hundred Lighting, Oracle and TDC.

For more information on Vivid Sydney visit www.vividsydney.com.