Vivid Sydney Transforms the Harbor City with Light, Music and Ideas


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The 5th annual Vivid Sydney (May 24 – June 10) was officially opened earlier this morning with Sydney’s iconic Opera House illuminated in a stunning 3D-mapped visual feast of color, movement, and world-class lighting artistry by Australian creative innovators The Spinifex Group. The largest light, music and ideas festival in the Southern Hemisphere, Vivid Sydney features lighting installations around the harbor foreshore, live music performances at Sydney Opera House, and over 120 creative industry events with over 550,000 people expected to attend this year.

This year Vivid Light has tripled the harbor foreshore area devoted to lighting installations, with one-third from international artists including from the USA, Germany, Italy, Greece, Malaysia, Korea, Poland, Brazil and New Zealand.

In a world first, Sydney’s famous Harbor Bridge will come alive with an interactive programmable lighting installation on the bridge’s western face, controlled by the public from an interactive touch screen, through a collaboration with Intel and with Sydney’s 32 Hundred Lighting.

In another world first, Vivid Sydney also now extends to the popular Darling Harbor, with spectacular water fountains, water screen projection performances and dazzling light and water shows, by France’s legendary Aquatique Show International.

Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House, part of Vivid Sydney’s music program, opened with performances by electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk, who opened the first of a four-night presentation of their acclaimed retrospective series that also sold out at MoMA in New York and TATE Modern in London. Vivid Ideas is recognized as one of the world’s top ten ideas festivals in the world by the UK’s Guardian newspaper.

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