Ecstatic, extreme and staunchly experimental, Soft Centre returns to Carriageworks for another full precinct takeover on Sun 11 Jun. Traversing leftfield club, noise and ambient music, contemporary dance and endurance performances, immersive A/V concerts, cutting-edge digital art and large-scale lightworks, Soft Centre is a multi-sensory festival experience unlike any other.

1pm: Doors open

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Tickets: $109 + fee

A transaction fee of $4.40 applies to all bookings.

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Tickets: $109 + fee

A transaction fee of $4.40 applies to all bookings.

For ticketing enquiries, please contact our Box Office on (02) 8571 9099 or via email at

This is an 18+ event. Proof of age will be required for entry.

Tickets will only be available through the Carriageworks website and Ticketbooth. Please DO NOT buy from any unauthorised re-sellers such as ViaGoGo, Ticketmaster resale, gumtree, eBay or otherwise. They are not authorised sellers and you may be refused entry. In NSW it is illegal to resell a ticket for more than 110% of the face value of the ticket, as regulated by NSW Fair Trading.

Once you purchase your tickets you will be emailed a ticket confirmation ONLY. Your E-ticket will be sent to your email address 48 hours ahead of the event.

Important information

This performance contains haze, loud music and flashing lights.

Carriageworks will host a pop-up bar and eatery in collaboration with Atomic, Orlando wine and Archie Rose Distilling Co. throughout the duration of the festival alongside a rotating list of Sydney DJs.

Ace Hotel Sydney and TFE Hotels, our local accommodation partners, are pleased to offer a 15% discount on room rates during Vivid Sydney. Book your room at the below link using the following codes to claim your discount:

Book now: Ace Hotel Sydney

Book now: TFE Hotels
Code: TH15555894

Presented by Carriageworks, Soft Centre and Vivid Sydney with Soft Centre Program Partners City of Sydney and CreateNSW, and Official Carriageworks Partners Atomic, Orlando and Archie Rose Distilling Co.

Media Partners: Broadsheet and FBi Radio.
Accommodation Partners: Ace Hotel Sydney and TFE Hotels

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Amber is a Naarm/Melbourne-based dancer and choreographer. Her practice incorporates prosthetics, mask-making, film and practical special effects to create new augmented bodies foreign to both the performer and viewer. Amber has worked extensively with Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc and is a creative associate of Tasdance.
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amby downs (live) 

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A black and white grainy image of the three members of Cutting Room
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The five members of Hand to Earth lie on the ground with their heads touching and hold up their spread palms to the camera.
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A person in a costume with tentacles
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Lydian Dunbar leans over a synth and adjusts a knob.
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mad miran sits on a bench
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Sote x Tarik Barri stand with black background in front of a computer screen.
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Zourrybot for Soft Centre mutates as an appendix of Zourry’s interest in lurking music-art-meme-pol online communities and Zourry’s desires to facilitate generous and generative online spaces. As SOFT CENTRE's Discord guardian-in-residence for a second year in a row, Zourry will incite meme maelstrom, deep artist dives, peer-2-peer exchange, vibe reports, and real-time artist Q&As. Moving beyond the restrictions of both the grid-reel-gram landscape and ‘real’ world bodily space, the SOFT CENTRE Discord is a space to keep the conversations churning, to banter, exchange, incubate, share, and glean. Join the discord here.