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Ready, Set, Glow – One Week until Vivid Sydney Lights Up

May 23, 2016 Whats On No Comments Email Email

There’s just one week to go until Vivid Sydney 2016 lights up the city – and this year the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas is even bigger, with an extra five nights, new music performances and art installations added to an already jam-packed program.

The 23-day festival, set to run from 27 May to 18 June, features more than 80 light installations, 1,500 hours of programmed music events and 170 creative events.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said: “Vivid Sydney 2016 will deliver a number of firsts. For the first time, the Sydney Opera House sails will celebrate the world of Australian Indigenous art, installations will illuminate the harbourside of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Taronga Zoo, and we will also be welcoming our first indoor venue and new precinct, The Galeries on George Street.”

“Five extra nights makes it the longest ever Vivid Sydney, and we have two world-firsts at Darling Harbour with the Vivid Laser-Dragon Water-Theatre’s 13-metre robotic arm, and Intel’s ‘Eyes on the Harbour’ Real Sense water theatre face projection. There is plenty to surprise and delight all-comers, whether you are a first-time visitor or a festival regular,” Mr Ayres said.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer and Vivid Sydney Executive Producer, Sandra Chipchase said: “Vivid Sydney’s world-class line up has something to inspire and entertain everyone, from families wanting a night out and locals and visitors looking for new ways to explore the city after dark, to music lovers and those seeking to ignite their creative juices through thought-provoking discussions and creative collaborations.”

Top picks and latest program additions:

Vivid Light

Installations and projections across more than eight precincts will create the sparkling jewels in the Vivid Sydney crown, including the spectacular Vivid Light Walk, from Songlines at Sydney Opera House to the Rocks and Walsh Bay.

True Life is the final addition to the Vivid Light line-up. An angular projection mapped sculpture ‘directed by Mother Nature’ and presented by Westfield Sydney. Developed by new media artist Joe Crossley and more than 90 Sydney University architecture and science students at The University of Sydney, the installation reveals projection maps of objects as viewed under a lens and delivers a narrative that is a celebration of The Sea.

Catch the first illuminations at new precincts including:

  • Taronga Zoo – celebrating its centenary year with hundreds of spectacular lanterns including 10 larger-than-life multimedia sculptures of 10 critical species, from the Asian elephant to the colourful Corroboree frog.
  • The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney – join the garden’s 200th birthday celebrations with a glittering journey through the Garden of Light and its grand centerpiece, the 60-metre long Cathedral of Light.
  • The Galeries – the dazzling Perspectives installation brings some of the world’s best video art backed by custom VJ remixes to Vivid Sydney. Featured artists include Thi Nguyen, Mark Titmarsh, and Chris Bowman.

Vivid Music

More than 70 international and local artists will have music lovers buzzing with performances across the biggest spread of iconic music venues ever, from the city to new inner west locations including Newtown and Chippendale.

Late night owls will enjoy Welcome to Kings Cross (28 May), a large-scale celebration of Sydney nightlife featuring 20 DJs across five floors of the iconic Kings Cross Hotel, and fans of 80s synth-pop will revel when Australian music legends and chart toppers, Models, Machinations, and Dave Mason from The Reels re-emerge for an exclusive Vivid Sydney show at The Enmore Theatre (29 May).

Kings Cross Hotel will also present eight nights of cutting edge cabaret. Avant-Cabaret will unfold in the intimate and ultra-plush velvet jungle of the hotels Red Room. Performers include Jeff Duff, and Brendan Maclean.

The latest additions to the music program include:

  • Ignite: Symphonic Dance Anthems (5 June) – some of the best known names in house music perform club favourites, with lights and lasers creating a unique audio visual spectacular at City Recital Hall. Headliners include Ibiza’s own Peyton and ARIA chart-topping vocalist Zoë Badwi.
  • KLP (4 June) – brings her smooth blend of perfect vocals and synth groove to Newtown Social Club as part of her live solo Nothing But Airtour.
  • Visions Festival (4 June) – a celebration of progressive local acts pushing new music boundaries in psychadelia, garage rock, electronic and everything alternative. Headliners include Montaigne and Deep Sea Arcade.
  • Archie Roach (3 – 4 June) – hear the stories and songs that inspired the artist as he celebrates the 25th anniversary of his debut album, Charcoal Lane, in the intimate Camelot Lounge.

Vivid Ideas

Join some of the world’s brightest creative minds as they come together to connect, collaborate and inspire. Highlights include three huge weekends curated around themes of design, family fun, film and music.

Weekend 1 (27 – 30 May) – All about design

  • Good Design Festival – celebrate great design with events including awards gala night and after party, design exchange and showcase exhibition.
  • Semi Permanent – discover the power of design in a hands-on immersive experience including talks, exhibitions, workshops and innovation labs.
  • Ferrari Design Director Flavio Manzoni – fascinating insights into one of the world’s most powerful, expensive and enduring brands – and what the future of design holds.

Weekend 2 (4 – 5 June) – Bring the Kids

  • Robowars – robots big and small battle it out in an epic showdown.
  • Etsy Sydney Made Market – celebrate all things handmade with local crafters, collectors, artisans and designers.
  • Soul Safari: Makers and Changemakers – two days of hands-on innovation and collaboration for creative entrepreneurs.
  • Factory Design District – a showcase of local designers, makers and manufacturers with a focus on the process of creation, from inception to realisation.

Weekend 3 (10 – 13 June) – Must-see film and music

  • CLIPPED Music Video Festival – Australia’s premier platform for all things music video, with a program including screenings, panel discussions, awards, exhibitions and DJs.
  • Sydney Film Festival – Vivid Ideas and one of the world’s longest running film festivals team up to present screenings and thought-provoking discussions.
  • FEEDBACK Conference – A day jam-packed with music industry insider info for young people, from songwriting workshops to panel talks and a speed-dating networking session.

 Top tips to enjoy your festival:

  • Spread your visits over several days – there’s too much to see and do in one go.
  • Come early in the week and early in the evening to avoid the busiest nights.
  • Plan your visit – check out the full program on vivid website
  • Leave the car at home and take advantage of extra public transport services. Plan your trip at
  • Don’t miss out! Book for ticketed events ahead of time – many events are in small venues and sell out.

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