SYNCRA is an immersive experience with electronic dance music, lighting effects and interactive activities. It premieres in Vancouver in February 2023.
The attraction is in Vancouver from mid-February until a yet-to-be-determined future date in the spring. It’s open from Thursdays to Sundays during the School Spring Break. As of the start of the school holidays in March, SYNCRA also has three new exhibits as well as roving performers which adds to the experience.
The venue is fully licensed and both food and beverages are available inside SYNCRA City.
Vancouver’s SYNCRA Experience in 2023
SYNCRA is a brand new music experience touring North America. The exhibit’s first stop is in Vancouver on Valentine’s Day this year. Folks in the Lower Mainland will be the first in the world to check out the immersive walkthrough attraction. SYNCRA is a fresh and unique way to experience new electronic dance music (EDM) and visual art.
The event is a high-tech attraction covering about 7000 square feet of space. The venue is made to look like a unique and futuristic city with different areas to explore. Each room is like its own neighbourhood inside a cyberpunk-like city. You can walk around freely. There is no set route and you can stay for as long as you like while interacting with all the different displays and technology.
The place has a bit of a nightclub feel to it. Expect to see bright neon lights and all sorts of colours. There’s original music played as well throughout the attraction and each beat is synced to a variety of different visual and interactive displays. It’s an impressive sight to see and experience!
When is SYNCRA City
SYNCRA opened on Valentine’s Day in 2023. It runs on different days and times from February 14th until a yet-to-be-determined final date.
The attraction is typically open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. It’s also open on statutory holidays (like on the Family Day Monday).
Hours of operation up until mid-March have been the following (although exact details may have changed):
- Thursdays – 5:00 to 9:00 pm
- Fridays – 5:00 to 10:30 pm
- Saturdays – 1:00 to 10:30 pm
- Sundays – 1:00 to 9:00 pm
Over the school Spring Break holidays between March 16th and 26th the attraction is open during the following time slots (with the place closing each night at 10:30 pm):
- Thursdays – at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 pm
- Fridays – at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 pm
- Saturdays – at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 pm
- Sundays – at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 pm
Where is SYNCRA City
The attraction is set up in the Croatian Cultural Centre building at 3250 Commercial Drive in the City of Vancouver. There is free parking at the venue which is conveniently just a 10-minute walk from the Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain Station. It’s also just a couple of blocks from John Hendry Park and Trout Lake.
Ticket Prices for the SYNCRA Experience
Admission prices vary depending on your age and how many people you’re going with. Individual ticket prices as of mid-March 2023 are listed below. Online service fees and taxes are extra. (Note: Prices and other details are subject to change.)
- General Admission (ages 12+) – $25
- Children (ages 3 to 11) – $20
- Little Kids (ages 2 and under) – Free
- Families (with 2 adults & 2 children) – $70
- Groups of 10 or More – $20
In addition to general admission tickets, the venue can also be rented to larger groups. Parties of 25 or more can pre-book at $50 per person, and with that the price includes two drinks for each attendee. Because the venue has a nightclub-style feel to it, in our opinion, the more friends you go with, the more fun it can be (especially if you plan to make it a party)!
The venue can also be booked for private, exclusive events for two or more hours at a time (subject to availability). For that, maximum capacity is 250 people.
If you plan to go with just a small group of friends, visit experiencesyncra.com to reserve your spot. For information about group bookings, or to buy out the venue for a private party or corporate event, click Group Booking Details.
SYNCRA City has seven different “neighbourhoods” or rooms to check out. Below are descriptions of each of the areas.
The experience starts in SYNCRA Station. This room is what you’ll see first as you enter the venue.
The room is made to look like an underground train station from the future. There are train tickets and information booths. Visitors get to listen to EDM music, admire interesting projections and interact with a few different screens. Nearby is the Pulse Alley light tunnel that connects the station with the Arena and Particle Park.
Staged to look like an alleyway, this area is the underground passage of the city. Pulse Alley is a tunnel full of arches of light. The lights react and respond to movement inside the tunnel with changing colours, lines and more. It’s one of the best places for photos, but there are lots of other great spots too!
SYNCRA Station connects with Pulse Alley in one direction, but it also leads into the Frequency Bar if you head the other way.
As its name suggests, the Frequency Bar looks like a funky bar. In this area guests can interact with tables in the room to change the colours of the lighting. When you move your drink, the visual experience around you changes as well.
The Frequency Bar is where you can purchase food and beverages. There is beer (from Parallel 49 Brewing) and other refreshments.
This area gets its name because of its featured infinity mirror. Your reflection goes on forever! There’s a line of lights on the ceiling that creates stunning reflections.
The Mirror District is an interesting hallway for pictures of yourself and your friends and family. It connects the Frequency Bar with the Sound Gardens.
Located in the middle of SYNCRA City, the Arena is a multimedia walkthrough experience. Most of the colours, shapes and other visuals inside the Arena are the result of interactive activities from other parts of the city. In other words, there are things to do in other rooms that change the experience of people inside the Arena.
In this room, be sure to look down over the railings. It looks like you’re on a platform high above the ground.
Particle Park is the “Central Park” of SYNCRA City. It’s in the same room as the Sound Gardens.
Particle Park has several neon beams and lights, as well as a few elements of nature. This area also features a dance station where different movements are projected into particles. There is also a mirror structure that’s cool to put your head inside for a look around.
Last but not least, the Sound Gardens area features an interactive fountain. There are several knobs, sliders and buttons to play with. The interactions affect the music and help guests feel more immersed and connected with the beat. The same as elsewhere in SYNCRA City, you have to play around with the technological displays and experiment to see what things do.
The Sound Gardens aren’t outside or a real garden. The area is on one side of the same room as Particle Park, which also isn’t outside or a real park. Both areas are in a large room full of interactive displays and fun things to see. It’s one of a couple of places we can picture people wanting to dance!
SYNCRA City Video
To give you an idea of what to expect at SYNCRA City, check out the video below. It shows scenes of the attraction from when we got a preview just prior to opening day.
The following video begins in SYNCRA Station. What you won’t see in the video are scenes of the subway train whizzing by. For that, and many of the other cool effects, you’ll have to visit the attraction yourself. In this video, however, you will see someone walking through Pulse Alley, admiring the inside of a mirror sculpture in Particle Park, and checking out the dance station where body movements appear as particles of light on a screen.
Also in this video you’ll see a guy (and his many reflections) walking through the Mirror District before checking out a display in the Frequency Bar. The video finishes with a look inside The Arena (which is arguably the trippiest neighbourhood of them all).
For more information about the attraction, visit the official Experience SYNCRA website.
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