Bring new meaning to “it’s the journey not the destination” with a trip like no other. All aboard this immersive sound experience, as an everyday...

Tekno Train by Paul Mac

Location:

Railway Collonade Dr
2000 NSW
Australia

Venue:
Central Station Grand Concourse
Tekno Train visual drawing
Tekno Train visual drawing

Access and Inclusion

  • Companion Card Acceptance - The Companion Card is for people with a significant permanent disability, who always need a companion to provide attendant care type support in order to participate at most available community venues and activities.
  • Intense Lighting Effects - The event features intense lighting effects.
  • Wheelchair Accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.

Event Details

Bring new meaning to “it’s the journey not the destination” with a trip like no other. All aboard this immersive sound experience, as an everyday commuter train morphs into an extraordinary ride.

Tekno Train by Paul Mac, curated and composed by visionary musician and train-lover Paul Mac, reimagines the daily commute as a symphony of rhythmic beats and pulsing visuals.

"Trains have always fascinated me. Their mix of rhythmic clicks and clacks, the screech of metal on metal, the sound and smell of air brakes in underground tunnels, and a complex system of signals and points that magically control your journey and destination." - Paul Mac

Choose between The Scenic Route and the Tech Express route, as each becomes a responsive canvas and techno soundscape.

As your train moves, your journey through the city or across the Harbour Bridge becomes interactive. As the train accelerates and the terrain outside changes, the environment onboard shifts and responds, inviting passengers to be fully in the moment.

Tekno Train by Paul Mac isn't just a trip, it’s a communal invitation to tap into the hidden rhythm of our city. An opportunity to see city life through the eyes of one of Australia’s best musicians.

Tekno Train by Paul Mac has two routes to choose from:

The Scenic Route

Sit back and take in the sights and sounds as the Tekno Train lights up your journey over the Bridge, and down a secret spur to Lavender Bay. This is the slower of the two journeys and is better suited to families with kids ages 5+.

Tech Express

Take it up a notch and go deep beneath the city with a pulsing Tekno thrill ride through City Circle and South Sydney. This is the more lively, full-bodied journey for those seeking a more fast-paced, immersive experience.

Daily Timetable

Please arrive at Central Station’s Eddy Avenue entrance at least 20 minutes prior to your departure. The Vivid Sydney team will scan your ticket and guide you to the platform where you will embark on your journey. Latecomers won’t be able to board – once the train is rolling, it’s full steam ahead. You'll return to Central Station.

Ride 1 (departing 6:35pm) – The Scenic Route

Ride 2 (departing 8:00pm) – Tech Express

Ride 3 (departing 9:10pm) – Tech Express

 

Information on Access and Inclusion

You can use a Companion Card for Tekno Train by Paul Mac. To apply for a Companion Card ticket please contact the Universe ticketing team.

This event is wheelchair accessible. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure and speak to transport staff to let them know you require assistance.

Intense sound and lighting is used at this event.

Ticket Conditions

Please arrive at Central Station’s Eddy Avenue entrance at least 20-minutes prior to your departure. The Vivid Sydney team will scan your ticket and guide you to the platform where you will embark on your journey.

Please note: we don’t recommend this show for children under five, but this is discretionary, under five-year-olds will not be refused entry.

*Booking and transaction fees may apply.
 

Frequently asked questions

How long in the train ride?
Depending on the route chosen, the full journey from departure to return is between 45 and 55 minutes. You will return to Central Station.

Is Tekno Train a dance party?
Tekno Train by Paul Mac is a seated, immersive experience. You're permitted to groove in your seat, but it is not a dance party event.

Will there be restrooms on the train?
No. There will not be restrooms available inside the train, however some facilities will be available in Central Station.

Is there white strobe lighting or flashing lighting effects?
Yes. Some lighting sequences will include flashing, flickering and patterned effects, and strobe effects.

Is the event be wheelchair accessible?
Wheelchair users will be allocated a space in the vestibule of the train to enjoy the experience. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure and speak to transport staff to let them know you require assistance.

Are strollers allowed?
No. For safety reasons, strollers or prams are not permitted onto the Tekno Train by Paul Mac route. There will not be a designated area to store strollers or prams at the event.

Are pet allowed?
No. Pets are not allowed, except for service animals. Please note that Tekno Train by Paul Mac is filled with stimulus that could upset animals. There will be flashing lights, loud noises, and many people.

 

Creative Credits
Creator & Composer: Paul Mac. Paul Mac is a staff member of the University of Sydney. 
LX Design: SimpleMotion.Lighting
Audio Design: Giles Wragg, JANDS Pty Ltd
Voice Artist & Creative Consultant: Nana Miss Koori & Graham Simms
Creative Consultant: Garry Wotherspoon
Special Thanks: Rhoda Roberts
Image and Animation: Evan Loxton 
Production Managers: Jason Thelwell and Frankie Clarke
Producer: Performing Lines
 

Tekno Train is produced by Performing Lines and presented by Vivid Sydney 2024. It is supported by the NSW Government through Destination NSW and Create NSW, the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its primary arts investment and advisory body, and the Wales Family Foundation. 

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Access and Inclusion

  • Companion Card Acceptance - The Companion Card is for people with a significant permanent disability, who always need a companion to provide attendant care type support in order to participate at most available community venues and activities.
  • Intense Lighting Effects - The event features intense lighting effects.
  • Wheelchair Accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.