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Binge of Vivid Festival

Updated: Jun 22, 2021

You have probably heard the news already - Vivid Festival is returning.

As has been the case for the past five years, we’ll be returning - and excitingly, event organisers have generously provided us with a number of discounted tickets to four events.

Having missed out in 2020 due to Covid, we can’t wait to experience some of the best live music Vivid has to offer. We invite you to join us at the Sydney Opera House for the following: *please note - the links below are not links to buy tickets. Contact us for tickets..

Please note, there is a booking fee of $8.50 per transaction.

With regards to tickets, we’ve been given a limited allocation to the gigs listed above. To secure your place to any of the four events, get in touch with us via email:, Facebook Messenger or contact us via text or on the phone on 0422 061 990. We’ll then share the secret code that enables you to secure discounted entry.

Vivid Festival runs from 6 to 28 August. To find out more about other gigs they’re bringing to Sydney, click here.

We thank Vivid Festival and the Sydney Opera House for their ongoing support and generosity.


A date for the diary

On the subject of events, we’re delighted to reveal the first of our July social offerings.

Taking place on Thursday 1 July, we’ve been invited to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the State Library of New South Wales - Australia's oldest library.

Did you know that there are seven underground floors below the Mitchell Library that holds some of Australia's most valuable and significant historical and cultural treasures?

This is your unique opportunity to get a special tour of the Library's galleries and exhibitions, and explore the underground stacks - a place normally closed off to the public.

Tickets are free and places are limited. To join us, click here.


Act for the camera

As for this week’s online offering, we invite buddies to join us on Zoom for a game of charades.

Drama and acting skills at the ready, we’re guessing words against the clock.

To join us on Thursday click on the link listed below.

Thursday 24/6

All online games will take place via Zoom. For information on how to use Zoom, load up the following easy read guide written by Learning Disability Wales. Alternatively, click here to check out our 'how to use Zoom' video.

If you have any questions or would like more information, send us an email: or or call/SMS us on 0402 708 814.


Let’s get quizzical

Last Wednesday (16/6) we headed to The Juniors in Kingsford for a bout of 80’s trivia.

Thank you to everyone who made it - it was great to catch up with so many buddies in the city’s eastern suburbs.

To see a full gallery from Wednesday’s outing, click here.


What do you do when you can’t go out?

Since the last update Bec and Chelsea took to the stage to inform an audience at the Volunteering NSW 2021 State Conference about our attempts to engage and connect with buddies.

Talking specifically about ‘what do you do when you can’t go out?’, they detailed our efforts to engage with buddies during the Covid lockdown.

Bec and Chelsea also discussed how we’ve continued pairing buddies in this new socially distanced climate, and our ongoing plans to continue generating engagement in the community.


Success through sustainability

And on the subject of conferences, Carol, Bec, Chelsea and Tony represented ACL Disability Services and the Gig Buddies project as finalists at the BBP Better Business Awards gala evening on Thursday night (17/6).

Better Business Partnership (BBP) is a free business sustainability program funded by Ku-ring-gai, North Sydney and Willoughby City Councils to promote and support small and medium sized businesses to be more successful through sustainability.

The Better Business Awards recognise local businesses who strive to be more efficient with resource use and make operational improvements to achieve environmental and social as well as economic gains for long term success.

We would like to congratulate all the nominees, winners and runner-ups in the "social enterprise" category and thank BBP for supporting "success through sustainability".


Two new matches

Say hello to our newest pairings.

It’s wonderful to have Rina and Steve (top, L - R) and Steph and Penny (bottom, L - R) join the family. We look forward to seeing them out and about.


One up

And on the subject of hellos, here’s our newest volunteer.

Thanks for coming in last Thursday, Sebastien (above). We look forward to introducing you to your buddy soon.


Matthew, Carol, Tony, Bec and Chelsea


Would you like more information about Gig BuddiesSydney? You’re only a click away. Connect with us via the links below.


Fancy revelling in legendary status? If so, please support us in our cause to get more people out to live events in Sydney.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible and all are gratefully received.

The Gig Buddies Sydney project is an initiative of ACL Disability Services.

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