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VIVID 2018: Lighting Up Sydney for 10 Years

With 2018 comes the 10th year that Vivid has been lighting up the Opera House and surrounding areas, and it is due to be a celebration unlike any other.

The attractions of Vivid will include award-winning artists and contributors, setting up this year to shine  bright, with century-old throwbacks and exciting new designs that will be lighting up Sydney from May 25 to June 16.


Lighting of the Sails

Sydney Opera House Vivid Design by Jonathan Zawada. Image via: sydney.com

If in the ten years it has now been running, Vivid has accrued a tradition, it is the lighting of the sails of the Opera House. Being the most recognisable icon of Vivid, the lighting of the sails will kick off the now decade old event and open for a range of music, light art and idea programs. The artist Jonathan Zawada has created an artwork that will honour the Australian landscape, named Metamathemagical.

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VIVID Light Displays

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs. Image via: cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

The light displays are scattered around Sydney, including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kings Cross, The Rocks and Luna Park. On the walls of Custom House, May Gibb’s iconic Australian gumnut characters, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie will be available for viewing to honour 100 years of cuteness. In Cadmans Cottage, BALLpit will transform the space into a virtual ball pit that can be interacted with and viewed, created by the producers and artists of PropMill. Pop by the Royal Botanic Gardens to see a range of exhibitions including The Nautilus Forest, by artist Mandylights: Adrienn Lord, that explores the capticating form of the spiral.

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VIVID at: Taronga & Chatswood


Vivid Sydney will once again feature at the wild destination of Taronga Zoo, offering a spectacular display of light sculptures in a fully immersive and interactive event. Taronga Zoo is shining a light on conservation and the wonders of wildlife with their animal light sculptures.

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Art, light, food and fashion come together in Chatswood to create Lightscape. With food markets, displays of the future and experimental drink opportunities up for grabs, the outdoor interactive art installations will be worth a look at!

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Vivid Live Lineup. Image via: Google

The different Australian and international artists coming together for Vivid Live is making Vivid seem like forever away – because we can’t wait! Vivid Live takes over the Opera House, letting music fans discover the building inside and out. Some of the artists include Solange, Ice Cube, Mazzy Star and in the industrial setting of Carriageworks, St.Vincent, Curveball festival and Clipped Music Video Festival will also be held.

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Vivid Ideas. Image via: Google

Vivid Ideas is a part of Vivid that brings leaders from all around the world to discuss, connect, and unlock your talents to learn new skills. The program offers a stimulating range of 150 public talks, conferences, workshops and more. The talks and workshops are centred around the future, creativity, technology, fashion, design and much more. Guests include James Cameron, Peggy Oki, Hugh Mackay and many more.

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The Lair @ The Metro – VIVID Music

The Lair @ The Metro. Image via: Oliver Ryan

Vivid Music is an another exciting part of the lights festival. With many venues participating and celebrating with Vivid to make the event the best it can be, The Lair @ The Metro is a stand out. The event takes place on Friday 2nd June, with tickets at $10 each, and features Signal Response to deliver a night celebrating the most electric artists in Sydney at the moment. Showcasing sounds as a part of Vivid Music, performances include: Autosuggest, Porcelain, Muscle Memory and Buzz Kill.

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Harbour Cruise

Clearview Glass Dinner Boat Cruise. Image via: Google

Receive the V.I.P experience by watching the views floating on the harbour. There are many different cruise companies to choose from, however Australian Cruise Group are offering a $165 cruise for $125, which includes canapes and drinks served on the Sky Deck, a 3-course seated and served menu, a selection of drinks and individual reserved tables. The 3-hour cruise is an all-inclusive package that can boast the best views of the harbour – because they’re on it!

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Light Market – Chatswood

Light Market, Chatswood. Image via: Google

The Light Market at Chatswood is a food and light market inspired by the complex and intriguing architecture of shanty towns, built from recycled materials and will be hosting some fine food. Each section is a complex favela with vibrant lighting design.The market has been built by a local team of volunteers, the Light Market producer Victoria Harbutt and Sydney-based scaffold sculpture artist Alejandro Rolandi.

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The Meat and Wine Co. (Red Balloon Offer)

The Meat and Wine Co have paired with Red Balloon for a special offer of a 3 course dinner with wine and Vivid Sydney Cocktails, in honour of the event. The experience voucher includes three courses for two people, a bottle of house wine and a Vivid themed cocktail for each person. The offer is only available from 25 May to 16 June, for $249, and will be a sophisticated and delightful way to experience Vivid Sydney.

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The Golden Age Theatre, Surry Hills

Golden Age Cinema and Bar. Image via: ourgoldenage.com.au

The Golden Age Cinema and Bar will be hosting a variety of live music events as a part of Vivid Music. The bar is, however, open to all whether or not music is your thing, as they are open before during and after performances. For beer, wine, cocktails, classic cinema snacks and supper food including things to share from olives & hummus to their famous Big Cheese Toastie, the bar has you covered.

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Cake Wines, Redfern

Cake Wines x Vivid Sydney. Image via www.cakewines.com

Cakes Wines in Redfern are pairing with Vivid Sydney to present the Vivid Sydney Cellar Door Program, in which the destination of wine and culture will be hosting a mix of weekly curated experiences across music, art and culture. A selection of genres including classical, jazz, techno and dusty house will be presented alongside Music for Brunch and the Imagination Degustation to name a few. The 2018 program is set to be diverse and highlight the beautiful venue and its wine!

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World Bar, Kings Cross

The World Bar. Image via: www.vividsydney.com

The World Bar presents four events set to rock all night long, from 30 May to 10 June. The World Bar will host The Wall ft. Made By Tuski, Otto’s House Party ft. Special guests, And Then…ft. Torren Foot + Hey Sam and visuals by Nema and The Wall Weekender ft. Special guests. This lineup over consecutive dates is fit only for the 18-year old iconic bar in Kings Cross, and of course they will have drinks flowing, especially their renowned teapots.

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Whether you’re on the harbour or dancing in front of interactive light displays, VIVID Sydney has something for you, and trust us, it will be an event you won’t want to miss.

Feature image via: awol.junkee.com

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