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Vivid Sydney : a burst of creativity and light

If you find yourself in the Land Down Under in the next month or so, be sure to make a stop in Sydney for the inaugural Vivid Sydney.  Developed by Events NSW in partnership with the City Of Sydney, it will be the biggest international music and light festival in the Southern Hemisphere, showcasing the city as a major creative hub in the Asia-Pacific region and celebrating the diversity of Sydney’s creative industries.


One of Eno’s brilliant lightworks projected onto Utzon’s masterpiece.  Photo credit : vividsydney.com


One of Eno’s brilliant lightworks projected onto Utzon’s masterpiece.  Photo credit : www.timeoutsydney.com.au

This unique new public festival will transform the city into a spectacular living canvas of music and light in and around the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Circular Quay and the city centre.  The festival features Luminous, a music festival at Sydney Opera House curated by ambient music pioneer and hit producer Brian Eno; Smart Light Sydney, including a free ‘Light Walk’ that will illuminate the city with stunning low energy light art installations; Creative Sydney, a series of creative industry seminars, workshops and performances and Fire Water, a free event featuring three nights of flame, food and spectacle in The Rocks.


The free Light Walk around Sydney’s iconic harbour front precinct.  Photo credit : vividsydney.com


One of Eno’s brilliant lightworks projected onto Utzon’s masterpiece.  Photo credit : vividsydney.com


A re-enactment of the dramatic burning of the Three Bees with lights.  Photo credit : vividsydney.com

The festival kicked off with Eno’s Luminous, a massive multimedia projection installation and annual festival of music, debate, light and performance at the famed Sydney Opera House.  Luminous launched with the lighting of the sails, transforming Utzon‘s masterpiece into an artists’ canvas. The festival will also feature Eno’s image/sound installation, 77 Million Paintings. Acclaimed at the Venice Biennale, this constantly evolving, totally original audio/visual experience will run throughout Luminous as a free event in the Studio at the Opera House.  Curator Brian Eno talks about Luminous below:

Check out more videos about Vivid Sydney here and here.

Vivid Sydney runs from May 26th to June 14th.