Vivid Sydney, a festival of light, music, and ideas, lit up the Harbour City Friday as the annual 18-day event, on this year from 22 May to 8 June, got underway.
Sydney’s landmarks, its Harbour and urban spaces were transformed by 3D projections and over 60 light installations including the sails of the World Heritage Sydney Opera House.
Just seven years since it first began, Vivid Sydney will again take its visitors from across the world on a journey of creative discovery using light, music, and ideas as its platform. Last year the Festival welcomed 1.43 million people.
“For 18 days and nights visitors will experience Sydney like never before as the city bursts with creativity and sheer, brilliant light. It’s truly an un-missable event, and one which we are very proud of,” said NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres.
Lighting artists from around the world were invited to submit their creative ideas, with 140 chosen from 16 countries to create their unique works during Vivid Sydney.
The Vivid Music program of cutting edge music including Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House showcases unique performances and collaborations, presenting over 90 performances in venues across the city including Grace Jones, Sufjan Stevens, Daniel Johns, and Australian band The Hoodoo Gurus.
Vivid Ideas brings audiences some of the most intelligent and creative minds, who will be together for talks, seminars, conferences, workshops and forums on a grand scale.
With 150 sessions and over 400 speakers, the Vivid Ideas program boasts highlights including Multi-Emmy winning writer Matthew Weiner — series creator and exec producer of Mad Men and former executive producer of The Sopranos, and Tyler Brule, founder of Wallpaper and Monocle magazines and one of the most influential global figures in publishing and branding.
Weiner and Brule will share their insights following their worldwide success in the creative industry.