It’s finally that time of year again when Sydney reaches all new levels of aesthetic and activity. That’s right, from the 25th of May to the 16th of June, Sydney city’s Vivid is back and brighter than ever before to celebrate its decade anniversary. Noted as the “world’s largest festival of light” by Vivid Creative Director, Ignatius Jones, Vivid is returning to impress with its captivating light show, exciting music events, and thought-provoking talks and workshops.
This 10th anniversary of Vivid not only reignites its magical display on Vivid’s iconic favourites, including the Sydney Opera house, Darling Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but under the trustee direction of Vivid Light curator, Anthony Bastic, also presents exciting new displays on some of Sydney’s greatest icons. The 2018 Vivid display illuminates Sydney’s Luna Park for the first time. Coney Island will present a fantastical light display to commemorate, in Vivid style, the imagination and creativity which encapsulates Sydney’s historic symbol of fun.
Vivid veterans will also present captivating new displays. Vivid Light curator, Anthony Bastic, is excited by the “…interactivity and the beautiful and powerful aesthetics of light” featuring in this year’s Vivid, and is particularly excited about installations like Skylark, Australia’s most powerful laser, and Australia’s favourite fairytale, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, which is illuminating Sydney’s iconic Customs House. Sydney’s Botanic Gardens is set to excite again this year, with the illuminated Aqueous pathway guiding visitors on an interactive magical journey that will be nothing short of an enchanted garden. In further celebration of Sydney’s natural wonder, Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild is hosting a display of sculptures which celebrate all animals loveable to fierce, in the hope to promote, in the spirit of the decade, the Zoo’s project to save 10 species from extinction over the next 10 years.
Natural talent will replace natural wonder at Vivid’s music events, which present a host of big names this year. With artists including Solange, Ice Cube and Vera Blue, and refreshingly diverse events hosted by some of Sydney’s favourite music venues, Vivid’s music scene will offer something for all music tastes old school, punk, rock, and in between. Sydney Opera House’s Vivid Live music events introduce talent like Sydney’s own indie icons, Middle Kids, as well as Australia’s one exclusive performance by Silverchair front man Daniel Johns and Empire of the Sun vocalist Luke Steel’s collaboration as Dreams. For those who prefer to swing along to syncopated rhythms and bold saxophone, Sydney’s City Recital Hall presents a series of entrancing jazz nights. However, if the big and bold venues aren’t your thing, Sydney’s beloved underground music venues add diversity to the mix. The Burdekin allows Vivid music nuts to be immersed in everything from 90’s house to Emo anthems, whilst Harpoon Harry offers party-style electrics with its free eclectic and lively DJ sets.
Vivid’s host of thought-provoking talks and workshops are sure to have the mind as energised as the rhythm of Vivid’s music scene. Vivid Ideas curator, Tory Loudon, says, “As architects of the future, it’s time to join the masterminds and creative catalysts at Vivid Ideas for inspiration”. Highlight workshops include Museum of Contemporary Art’s Creativity and Rewiring your Brain for Creativity workshop, which will provide techniques on all things creative, and The Vivid World of Virtual Reality workshop exploration of virtual reality’s translation into business and everyday life. Some of Vivid’s most inspiring discussions will take place in the IQ2’s #MeToo panel discussion on sexism and the role of the global #MeToo movement, and the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Mummy, Can I Marry My Avatar, which will invite a live computer-generated digital person to the stage, to explore the long-term ethical and social implications we will be facing with digital humans. Other talks and workshops will discuss issues as important as democracy and ethical fashion, and the Good Design Awards Showcase at the Overseas Passenger Terminal will inspire with its exhibition of winning designs.
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