QVB After Dark | The Highlights
24 Sep 2019
The beating heart of the Sydney CBD awakened with the magnificent spirit of this grand old building. From August-September the QVB breathed new life into the cityscape through an emotive series of experiences; rich art installations, night tours and events. All coming to a grand climax under the centre Dome on 22 August with hundreds wondering the enchanted floors of the QVB, the lights turned off and mood set; it was an experience not to be missed.
The QVB After Dark activation series represented an evolution for the QVB; towards a more inclusive, connected and creative future – utilising dramatic arts to welcome new audiences and humanise the treasured 121-year-old space.
Heart of the QVB immersive installation
Central to the event series, an interactive art installation; the Heart of the QVB, ran for the month of August. Designed by iconic Sydney artist Miss Gilbert, visitors were invited to enter the installation and write their future vision for the QVB on ribbons which gradually filled the heart. Over 500 guests wrote their message some as simple as 'I wish for kindness from all' to wishes for 'the QVB to continue on into the future.' In turn, deepening the connection between the QVB and it's diverse community.
After Dark tour series
The QVB also ran an its first After Dark tours, allowing visitors the opportunity to learn about the supernatural history of the building. The event SOLD out with over 300 people on the waiting list. All wanting to hear the history of QVB’s resident ghost – Mei Quong Tart – a Chinese-born merchant who opened an elite teahouse in QVB’s inaugural year, but was tragically killed following a botched robbery of his store. The tour took guests behind-the-scenes of the building and into the cool air of its secret rooftop courtyard.
After Dark LIVE
On the evening of 22 August all levels of the building came to life with QVB After Dark LIVE - featuring performance art, live music and storytelling. With the event completely booking out and many more on the waitlist, The QVB took its guests on a journey to the heart and soul of this wondrous place. An immersive experience led by Sydney collective ØFFERINGS and live music by Ginger & the Ghost and Twisted Elements. Storytelling sessions, exclusive store offers and cocktails from the Archie Rose Distillery Co. Spirits were also on offer.
See below for images of the event.