Vivid Sydney Festival hits the streets!

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Vivid Cruise 2014 | James Horan

Despite only being in its 7th year, the Vivid Sydney ‘light, music and ideas’ festival is a fixture on the global must-see arts calendar. This incredible outdoor event, which has in the past drawn crowds of up to 90,000 across the various installation points across Sydney, starts tomorrow (Friday May 22) and runs until June 8.

In the words of the promotors: Vivid Sydney is BIG. In fact, it’s now the largest event of its kind in Australia, featuring a “world-class line-up of concert and music performances, public ideas programs, creative industry workshops and conferences.”

Best of all, it’s spread all over the city in different precincts, including Darling Harbour, Martin Place, Chatswood, The Rocks, Campbell’s Cove, The University of Sydney, Walsh Bay, and the most iconic spot of all, Circular Quay, which uses the Opera House, Customs House and the Harbour Bridge as giant projector screens!

What better reason to gather friends, family and pound the pavements after dark with hundreds of equally-mesmerised visitors? Here’s a tip though: wrap up warm and locals, leave your car at home! (Finding parking will be tricky.)

Here’s a glimpse of what’s on offer:

Transcendence” by UK Designer, Joseph Crossley, is a fusion of media art and projection mapping. Dazzle your mind in technicolour.

Vivid Path to the Future” involves the University of Sydney being transformed into a beaming canvas of light from May 25-31, inspiring Students to make their mark in the creative industries.

Lighting the sails” will see creative director Matt Pyke literally set the sails of the Sydney Opera House on fire to music. The technology and moving imagery featuring digital whirls of colour is set to be one of the most exhilarating elements of the festival and one of the most popular points.

Grace Jones is set to headline Modulations at Carriageworks on May 31. With a string of dazzling records to her name, her show is one to lock into your schedule!


Vivid Festival runs from the May 22 to June 8, from 6pm-12am each evening. See the full program here.
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