Vivid Sydney launches program as it enters second decade

Vivid Sydney has announced the program for its eleventh year, describing it as “bold, exciting and diverse”.

“Australia’s most loved and awarded festival, now in its eleventh year, will bring together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to showcase Sydney as the creative industries hub of the Asia-Pacific,” said Destination NSW CEO and executive producer – Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase.

In 2018 Vivid attracted 2.25 million attendees, delivering $172.9 million in visitor expenditure into the NSW economy.

“I am proud to say our marketing activities saw a record 185,887 travel packages sold to domestic and international visitors for Vivid 2018 – an increase of 37 per cent over the previous year,” said Chipchase.

Highlights this year include the Light Walk with over 50 works curated into the largest outdoor gallery of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching for more than three kilometres.

For this year’s Lighting of the Sails, Los Angeles-based Chinese American artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang will present Austral Flora Ballet – a tribute to Australia’s exquisite native plants and flowers.

Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the southern pylon of Sydney Harbour Bridge is set to come to life with Eora: Broken Spear curated by Rhoda Roberts with projection design by The Electric Canvas.

Vivid Ideas is returning across 23 days and nights, with talks, hands-on workshops and forums examining the meaning of love, loneliness and belonging. This year’s Game Changers will challenge assumptions on race and relationships and is headlined by US filmamker Spike Lee.

Vivid Music will feature an eclectic line-up of musical acts including electronic act RÜFÜS DU SOL and popstar FKA Twigs headlining this year’s Carriageworks program while the warehouse party of the year, Curve Ball curated by Fuzzy Events returns featuring Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and Mallrat.

Vivid Live at the Sydney Opera House will see British alternative rock pioneers The Cure mark the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Disintegration with four sold-out Australian exclusive performances.

Vivid precincts this year include Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Luna Park.

Vivid runs from runs from 24 May to Saturday 15 June. For the full program head here.