‘Vivid Sydney’, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas once again takes over the city in its 10th anniversary year, held over 23 nights from 25 May to 16 June 2018.
This year’s iteration will feature an expanded footprint, spectacular tributes to Australian and NSW artists and global creative innovators and imposing large-scale light installations and building façade projections. Exciting new additions to Vivid Light include Luna Park as a new precinct, and the return of crowd-favourite, Customs House. Also music performances and collaborations (Vivid Music including Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House), and creative ideas, discussion and debate (Vivid Ideas), all celebrate Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific.
Each night, incredible light installations and awe-inspiring projections will transform Sydney’s architecture and open spaces at precincts including Barangaroo, Circular Quay & The Rocks, Chatswood, Darling Harbour, Kings Cross, Luna Park, Taronga Zoo, and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.
This year’s Vivid Light emphasises imposing, large scale installations; from the eagerly-anticipated Lighting of The Sails on the Sydney Opera House and Bangarra Dance Company’s takeover of the southern pylon of Sydney Harbour Bridge for Eora – Dark Emu, to massive light art sculpture Aqueous, last seen at Burning Man, that will mesmerise festivalgoers in the natural environment of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.
For the first time, the festival extends to new precinct Luna Park Sydney, with a large-scale projection on the facade of Coney Island. The park’s iconic Ferris Wheel will be lit for the festival following an LED refit, which massively increases the number of lights adorning the wheel. As Vivid Sydney turns 10, author May Gibbs’ beloved characters Snugglepot and Cuddlepie will celebrate their 100-year anniversary with a charming journey through the Australian bush on the façade of Customs House. From the bush to the ocean, the magic of water fountains, lights and lasers will combine to take Darling Harbour visitors into a dream-like dive under the sea, while the rooftop of the Australian National Maritime Museum will be projected with BBC Earth and Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II, exploring the fascinating world beneath the waves. 1000 Cranes, a canopy of hanging origami cranes that light up as visitors move through the space is on view at The Rocks – as the crowd grows more cranes light up until 1000 cranes are fully illuminated. Don’t forget to take a journey into a world of augmented reality (AR) with Hidden ARt, an Augmented Garden, created by TAFE NSW students, into the imaginative worlds of some of Australia’s greatest sculptors and visual artists via a new-age media installation located in the Fitzroy Gardens at Kings Cross.
Vivid Music presents a cutting-edge contemporary music program with local and international artists, featuring performances at venues including Carriageworks, City Recital Hall, Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House and X|Celerate, showcasing grassroots and emerging local music talent at venues across the city. Additional highlights include ‘AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted’ hip hop artist Ice Cube at the Sydney Opera House on Friday 25 May, and Indie folk legend Iron and Wine, as well as Fugazi frontman Guy Picciotto presenting a screening of the band’s definitive documentary Instrument, followed by an in-conversation Q&A. ‘Now they’re playing our song on the radio’, even better as Vivid LIVE presents the Australian premiere of Neil Finn’s live presentation of the album Out of Silence, performed with full band and orchestra at Sydney Opera House on 30 and 31 May. Also, guitarist St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) performs a one night only Sydney exclusive at Carriageworks on Sunday 17 June.
Vivid Ideas brings together the world’s greatest minds, innovators and creatives for a program of public talks, industry seminars, conferences, workshops and debates exploring creativity as a catalyst for change. Semi Permanent at Carriageworks is a global creative platform for pioneering and transformative design. This year the three-day event features a line up including former WIRED Editor-in-Chief and Executive Producer of Netflix series Abstract: The Art of Design, Scott Dadich; legendary Nike sneaker designer Tinker Hatfield who will ‘walk’ the audience through his 36 years of celebrated shoe designs; and New York graphic designer Paula Scher, the ‘master conjurer of the instantly familiar’. Vivid Ideas keeps the cognitive wheels turning when futurist and game developer, Jane McGonigal and Artificial Intelligence (AI) expert Kriti Sharma join forces on Sunday 3 June to explore the latest in AI, virtual reality and gaming to ask what kind of society we can create with technology.