Now in its seventh year, Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of lights, music, and ideas is set to shine even brighter with its biggest program yet. From May 22 to June 8, visitors can expect to see the usual highlights—a vibrantly video-mapped Sydney Opera House, a floating parade of light-ornamented boats in Sydney Harbour, light installations scattered throughout the city. But this time around, the festival will also extend into city suburbs Chatswood and Central Park to include over 60 light installations, more musical performances, and a line-up of highly-influential speakers.
The annual festival is broken down into three event categories: Vivid Light, which transforms the city’s public spaces into brilliantly glowing art installations; Vivid Music, a series of concerts showcasing local and international musical talents; and Vivid Ideas, a set of conferences and public events touching on anything in the creative sector, from architecture to augmented reality, marketing to media. Darling Harbour will be host to even more water theater shows, this time with the added drama of lasers and fire. This year’s Vivid Music entails more shows across more venues, including performances by The Hoodoo Gurus, Morrissey, Flume, and Flight Facilities. A new talk series, The Game Changers, will feature multi Emmy-winning writer Matthew Weiner, series creator and executive producer of Mad Men and former executive producer and writer for The Sopranos; Grammy-winning designer Stefan Sagmeister, whose clients include the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed and the Guggenheim Museum; and entrepreneur and publisher Tyler Brûlé, founder of magazines Wallpaper and Monocle.
“Vivid Sydney is an incredible public event that has seen amazing growth, attracting a record 1.43 million attendees in 2014,” said Sandra Chipchase, CEO of Destination NSW, which owns and manages the event. “It’s the largest festival of its kind in the world, and with our biggest program yet, there’s even more to love about Vivid Sydney this year.”
For more information, visit Vivid Sydney.