Be captivated by The Rocks Night Markets
The Rocks provides some of the best vantage points and installations of Vivid Sydney—that’s a given. But before you’re seduced by the bright lights and installations that make this festival famous, there’s another experience you need to have.
Throughout Vivid Sydney, The Rocks’ famous daytime markets charge on into the evening with gusto. Every Friday and Saturday night of Vivid Sydney (plus Sunday 11 June), from 6pm until 10.30pm, dozens of stallholders will proudly display an array of artisanal wares that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Come and source the perfect gift for that special someone, and have a chat with the makers behind these extraordinary hand-crafted objects.
Visit these five stallholders at The Rocks Night Markets to make your Vivid Sydney experience extra special.
For the history buff
The Rocks contains as much preserved colonial history per square metre as anywhere else in Australia, so where else would you want to browse 3000-odd historic photographs depicting Australia from the 1800s through to the mid-1900s? Stall owner Chantal Sowada hand-processes the image you choose from the original negative onto quality photographic paper, ready for framing. That’s one heck of a unique gift.
For the hard to please
What to buy for the man or woman who has everything? Try the Stuga range of shaving and make-up accessories, hand-crafted in Tasmania using skills handed down through generations of the same family. Products include shaving brushes and bowls and make-up applicators feature sturdy, fragrant Huon Pine. Or select from Stuga’s own heaven-scent range of soaps, balms and creams, not to mention a range of homewares and finely crafted knives.
For the detail lover
Does “steampunk”-style industrial design excite you? Fascinated by the inner working of watches? AHW Studio creates exciting and edgy jewellery and accessories. Tracking down classic watch parts, vintage novelties and industrial fragments, the AHW team re-creates these pre-loved objects into objects of fascination and desire, including rings, pendants, cufflinks, bracelets and earrings.
For the chic freak
A stunning natural wonder Sydney Harbour may be, but even it takes a back seat to some of the fascinating objects you’ll discover at Living Fossil. They take crystals, minerals and fossils that can be up to 400 million years old and carefully fashion them into intricate jewellery, fascinating decorative pieces and even furniture items. Each is luminous, beautiful and entirely unique.
For the design fan
“I think, create and make anything I feel like,” says Sydney native Alex Noble of the inspiration behind the intriguing lamps, lightshades and vases he constructs in Sydney using 100% recyclable materials. Modular design means you can choose your own colour combination, while some lamp designs lock together to create larger units. Genius.
The Rocks Night Markets
Fri–Sat, 26 May to 17 June
Sun 11 Jun
6pm to 10.30pm