Vivid Festival to light up Sydney from May 23 to June 9

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Sydney once again will transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas when Vivid Sydney will take over  the city from 23 May – 9 June 2014.

Colouring the city with creativity and inspiration, Vivid Sydney highlights include the hugely popular immersive light installations and projections; performances from local and international musicians at Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House and the Vivid Ideas Exchange featuring public talks and debates from leading global creative thinkers.

Vivid Sydney ,  the annual festival of light and music has released the first array of acts, events and artists for this winter.

It is the sixth year of the festival and  the 18-day festival has expandedLaunching this year’s Vivid program at the Sydney Opera House, NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, said the festival of light was a signature event in Sydney and NSW’s annual events calendar.

The 18 day festival, which was named Australia’s Event of the Year in 2013, will run from Friday 23 May to Monday 9 June, 2014.

“Each year Vivid Sydney brings something new, bigger and brighter to wow the hundreds of thousands of people who come to see it,” Stoner said.

The festival takes place during Sydney’s traditionally quiet winter period. However, the success of last year’s program, which greeted 800,000 attendees and contributed over $20 million to the State economy, has encouraged optimism that this year’s event could be the biggest ever.

Vivid Sydney 2014 promises to be an amazing spectacle, shining a spotlight on the State’s creative industries, with eclectic music performances and spectacular light displays taking place across Sydney.

Stoner said, “This year for the first time, stunning Sydney harbour will join in like never before with ‘Harbour Lights’ – ferries and vessels will be decked out in LED lights, their colours computer-controlled by satellite navigation.”


Some of the highlights for Vivid Sydney 2014 include:

Where What    When
Sydney Opera House Lighting the Sails by 59 Productions: see the Sails like never before with unforgettable 3D mapped projections     Nightly from 6pm
Customs House Play Me by Danny Rose: turning the façade of this great building into a sequence of giant fantasy musical instruments     Nightly from 6pm
MCA (sandstone original building) Light projects where art meets light by Jess Johnson and Spinifex     Nightly from 6pm
MCA (new building) A collaboration like no other where interactive light meets incredible 3D projections by The Digital Shamans and MCA artist Ross Manning     Nightly from 6pm
Sydney Harbour and North Sydney Boats lit up, floating on the Harbour in a symphony of colour and the largest coat hanger in the world transformed into a beautiful palate of colours     Nightly from 6pm
Darling Harbour Water jets, lasers, 3D projections on water screens – Aquatique transforms the Bay into a symphony of water, all set to music     Nightly, on the hour from 6pm (last show 11pm)
Martin Place Map your face onto a 3D, 1.6m head with eΙMERGEnce     Nightly from 6pm
Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House Pixies rock it out in their only Australian performances     23-26 May
Vivid Music and Modulations at Carriageworks Pet Shop Boys Electronic music artists extraordinaire play three intimate gigs in this fantastic inner west venue    6-8 June



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