Over 23 nights from Friday 25th May to Saturday 15th June, Vivid 2018 will return for its tenth year of whimsical light displays, innovative sculptures, installations, and entertainment spread across Sydney.
For the first time, Luna Park will join in the festivities, with Coney Island expecting a large-scale projection, which draws inspiration from the iconography and history of the park; with the Ferris Wheel also being illuminated in celebration.
In the heart of Circular Quay, Customs House will return this year and have its façade lit up with a projection celebrating the centenary of the beloved Australian storybook characters, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.
The Royal Botanical Garden continues to be a hub of action for the festival, with a number of installations featured there: Parrot Party, celebrating song, light and dance; Aqueous, an landscape of interactive pathways of light; The Bloom, a huge electric, metallic flower; and He’e nalu, which takes its inspiration from the Hawaiian words for surfing.
As usual, at the literal centre of the festival is the Sydney Opera House, which this year will be adorned with the works of Australian artist and designer Jonathan Zawada, whose projection “Metamathemagical” features geometric, Australian flora-inspired designs.
Another (literal) highlight will be Skylark, an interactive feature which allows visitors to paint the cityscape, from skyscrapers to the Harbour Bridge, with their own colours and imagination.
As MasterChef Australia is also celebrating its tenth year, it will be collaborating with Vivid to bring a “magical experience” to the exterior of the ASN Co. Building in the Rocks, with “Mystery Gâteau”.
Vivid Ideas, which features expert-led discussions about technology and innovation in all aspects of society, is also returning, headlined by a talk by film director and environmental enthusiast James Cameron in conversation, discussing the intersection of science, technology, film and the environment.
The Vivid Ideas Exchange will also return to the Museum of Contemporary Art for a series of panels and talks on innovation, technology and more, whilst the exterior of the building will feature a projection called “Virtual Vibration”, which blends design and music.
In addition to all the above, Vivid will also be lighting up Taronga Zoo, with “Lights for the Wild”; Darling Harbour and the Australian National Maritime Museum with a projection of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II; Chatswood CBD with a Brazilian-market-inspired installation; Kings Cross with projections and lights matching the party town’s fun and flair; and Barangaroo with a mix of light and sound drawn from the sights and sounds of Sydney Harbour.
With such a huge line-up of events and installations in all corners of the city, Vivid 2018 is sure to be as spectacular as ever for its ten-year anniversary, so grab your mates and start planning your trips now!
For more details, visit the website: https://www.vividsydney.com