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Bringing accessibility and inclusion to Vivid Sydney 2017

Charlie Anna James
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Cushman & Wakefield have announced they are the inaugural Access and Inclusion Partner for Vivid Sydney in 2017. Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas and in 2016 attracted a record 2.31 million attendees.

“Cushman & Wakefield champion diversity and inclusion in our workplace and culture and we are delighted to partner with Destination NSW in developing a cohesive program providing infrastructure and facilities to make the Vivid Sydney Light Walk accessible for all attendees” said James Patterson, Chief Executive of Cushman & Wakefield.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer and Vivid Sydney Executive Producer Sandra Chipchase said, “At Destination NSW, we are committed to delivering a festival that is inclusive and accessible to all and offer accessible viewing areas, dedicated drop-off and pick-up zones, audio descriptions of Vivid Light Walk installations and Auslan interpreters at Vivid Ideas Game Changers talks.

“We are proud to be working with Cushman & Wakefield as our inaugural Access and Inclusion Partner. A commitment to Access and Inclusion is in their DNA, just as it is ours, and I’m delighted to see this shared vision come to fruition at Vivid Sydney,” Ms Chipchase said.

Cushman & Wakefield is holding a Vivid Ideas session on June 13th which explores how to create sensory rich experiences where all children can play, participate and belong, including those with special needs.

“We are engaging some of the most amazing creative minds, from artists and designers to technologists. Together with experts in special needs care, families of special needs children, engineers, builders, industry leaders and people who are passionate about inclusion, we will ideate around how to achieve this,” said Mr Patterson.

Cushman & Wakefield are also sponsoring an event as part of  Vivid Ideas Exchange on June 7th entitled “We’re very serious – taking artists with disability seriously” exploring global best practice on how society can ensure theatre makers, performers, visual artists and dancers with disabilities are taken seriously as artists.

“What also excites us is the 100 plus volunteer sessions from our people.  Employees from our NSW business are volunteering as accessibility volunteers across Vivid Sydney, helping visitors access the infrastructure that we have put in place,” added Mr Patterson.

Cushman & Wakefield are providing private tours for a number of school children and their families from special needs schools in the Sydney metropolitan area. “Our vision is to help facilitate as many people as possible to experience the magic of Vivid and this is just one small step towards achieving this ambition” said Mr Patterson.


Learn more about Cushman & Wakefield’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.

About Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm that helps clients transform the way people work, shop, and live. The firm’s 45,000 employees in more than 70 countries help investors optimise the value of their real estate by combining global perspective and deep local knowledge with an impressive platform of real estate solutions. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest commercial real estate services firms with revenue of $5 billion across core services of agency leasing, asset services, capital markets, facility services, global occupier services, investment & asset management, project & development services, tenant representation, and valuation & advisory. To learn more, visit or follow @CushWakeAust on Twitter.


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