Sydney has been transformed into a colourful canvas of light with the launch of the third annual Vivid Sydney festival – a celebration of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, from 27 May – 13 June 2011.
Over 40 light installations were illuminated to mark the start of the festival including the “Lighting the Sails” on the Sydney Opera House created by French design team SUPERBIEN.[ Also Read: Tourism Australia Launches ‘Making Tracks’ Campaign ]
Thousands lined the edge of Sydney Harbour to watch the first showing of “Lighting the Sails”; explore a playground of interactive and low-energy light art displays by a global field of artists from countries including Germany, Singapore, New Zealand, The Netherlands, France, Thailand and Australia; and witness FireDance, a fire performance ever seen in Australia.
To celebrate the opening night of Vivid Sydney, SUPERBIEN produced a special 15-minute lighting performance to music, giving onlookers a taste of the 3D mapping designs being projected onto the sails over the 18 nights of the festival.[ Also Read: Symphony Orchestra to Go Live on YouTube ]
Around 400,000 Sydneysiders and visitors are expected to attend the festival, which also includes free public events on the business of creativity at Vivid Creative Sydney, and a program of creative industry business events aimed at fostering collaboration and new ideas with some of the best global creative thinkers converging on Sydney during Vivid.
Vivid Sydney is a major celebration of the creative industries and positions Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific region. The festival is one of five signature events on the NSW Events Calendar.