The light-inspired event will shimmer with art installations, projections, forums and music events
Since 2009, Vivid Sydney has magnified the dazzling Australian city with a number of unique and imaginative light installations. Over the years, the event has grown to become a mainstay event in Sydney complimented with art displays, talks and musical performances.
Held across 23 nights from 27 May to 18 June 2016, Vivid Sydney 2016 will be the longest ever in the series, asserting perfect timing for visitors to visit the Australian city as it glows like never before. For three weeks, Vivid Sydney will illuminate Sydney Harbour and its surrounding precincts, host vibrant music performances and big ideas talks.
In an event first, the sails of the world-heritage listed Sydney Opera House will celebrate the rich and diverse work of Australia's Indigenous artists through the projection, Songlines. Vivid Sydney's brilliant lights also return to Chatswood, Central Park, Darling Harbour and the Australian National Maritime Museum, Martin Place and new precinct The Galeries, which is the festival's first indoor precinct.
Treasured attractions, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Taronga Zoo, will also light up during Vivid Sydney as part of their centenary celebrations. Music fans can look forward to Vivid Music, which will pulse through the city with new sounds through new venues, a highlight being the world premiere of Bjork Digital; a new virtual reality project by the avant-garde artist, and the inaugural Curve Ball; a large scale live music and art event from Fuzzy Music.
Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House will unleash a series of incredible acts including synth-pop legends New Order, indie folk band Bon Iver, jazz artist Esperenza Spalding and the Australian premiere of Anohni's extraordinary multimedia show.
At Vivid Ideas, the Game Changers Talk Series will be headlined by storytellers shaping the creative landscape, including acclaimed director and producer Spike Jonze, House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, the creative force behind Orange is the New Black Jenji Kohan, and one of Australia's most influential style figures, Margaret Zhang.
With a series of on-ground experiential events coupled by mesmerising art displays, there’s never been a better time to visit the vibrant Australian city.
Photo credits: Vivid Sydney 2016