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Source News Feed: Video News Release
Audio: NATURAL SOUND/PART MUTE/ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Locations: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Source: Destination NSW for VIVID SYDNEY
Editor Notes: VIVID SYDNEY 2015: BIGGEST EVER PROGRAM ANNOUNCED
Expansion into city suburbs Chatswood and Central Park
Over 60 Lighting Installations and Projections
Expanded Music Program and Australian exclusives including The Hoodoo Gurus
and Daniel Johns
Award-winning, Australian-first global speakers at Vivid Ideas
Story: Sydney, Australia, Wednesday 18 March, 2015
Vivid Sydney is set to shine even more brightly in 2015 when the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas delivers its biggest program yet. For 18 nights, from 22 May – 8 June, Vivid Sydney will again transform the city and harbour. The 2015 program includes expansion into new city precincts Chatswood and Central Park, its biggest ever music program including Australian exclusives such as The Hoodoo Gurus at the Powerhouse Museum and Daniel Johns’ international solo debut at the Sydney Opera House, and heavy-hitting speakers at Vivid Ideas.
Vivid Sydney, now in its seventh year, is owned and managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.
Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said: “Vivid Sydney is an incredible public event that has seen amazing growth, attracting a record 1.43 million attendees in 2014. It’s the largest festival of its kind in the world, and with our biggest program yet, there’s even more to love about Vivid Sydney this year.
“While the heart of Vivid Light is still beating strongly in and around Circular Quay, Vivid Sydney is spreading even further into the city suburbs, with Central Park and Chatswood joining the program this year,” Ms Chipchase said.
“Favourite locations Circular Quay, Walsh Bay, Martin Place, and Darling Harbour are back with over 60 light installations and projections with even more opportunity for visitors to get hands on, more water theatre shows – this time with lasers and fire – and new and expanded programing at Pyrmont & The Star and the University of Sydney. The sandstone canvases of Customs House and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) will also return with spectacular new 3D projections.
“With all eyes on the Sydney Opera House, Lighting of the Sails will once again take its place as the centrepiece of the amazing light spectacular during Vivid Sydney, with Universal Everything promising awe-inspiring projections that will reimagine the architecture as a living mural, with a diverse series of vibrant, hand-drawn sequences.
“Vivid Music will introduce its most expansive program yet, featuring more shows and venues and an impressive line-up of local and international talent,” she said.
The Hoodoo Gurus will perform an exclusive one-off show at the Powerhouse Museum and a new line up of cutting edge, innovative performances will be held across the city at new venues Goodgod Small Club, Oxford Art Factory and Freda’s, with the Seymour Centre, The Basement, The Argyle and Barrio Cellar part of the line-up again in 2015.
Part of the Vivid Music program, Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House features a 10-night run of exclusive Sydney-only performances and for the first time will also include two large scale outdoor events, internal light projections and an event for kids and families. Features include four exclusive performances from Morrissey, Daniel Johns in his international solo debut, Sufjan Stevens in his only Australian performances and FCX – 10 Years of Future Classics featuring Flume and Flight Facilities.
With a line-up of heavy-hitting speakers, Vivid Ideas introduces The Game Changers, a new talk series this year headlined by three global influencers: multi Emmy-winning writer Matthew Weiner, series creator and executive producer of Mad Men and former executive producer and writer on The Sopranos; Grammy-winning designer Stefan Sagmeister, whose clients include the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed and the Guggenheim Museum; and entrepreneur and publisher Tyler Brûlé, founder of the world-famous magazines Wallpaper and Monocle.
“With such an amazing festival planned, Destination NSW will continue to work with the travel industry to encourage visitation to Sydney from across Australia and the globe for this incredible event. We aim to build on the results from last year when more than 20,000 international visitors travelled to Sydney on dedicated Vivid Sydney travel packages,” Ms Chipchase said.
“Vivid Sydney will also work with event partners, land owners and a new accessibility specialist to build on the positive initiatives undertaken last year.
“A new sustainability partnership with The Banksia Foundation will also further develop Vivid Sydney’s sustainability agenda which includes recycling assets, environmental waste management practises and improved energy efficiency,” she said.
Vivid Sydney welcomes the return of Intel, a world-leader in computing technology, as event partner for the fifth consecutive year. 2015 Supporters include Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, City of Sydney, Sydney Opera house, The Star, Canon, Indeed, 32 Hundred Lighting, Oracle and TDC.
For more information on Vivid Sydney visit www.vividsydney.com.
The full Vivid Sydney media kit and high-res imagery including 2015 Vivid Sydney light renders and footage of 2014 festival highlights is available at www.vividsydney.com/media-centre.
Slate – Vivid Sydney 2015 Program Content Snippets – Light, Music, Ideas
Sydney Opera House light installations (Mute)
Various concept lighting installations
Customs House installation concept
Public Photo opportunity platform points
Building light insulation concept
Darling Harbour view of city skyline lighting
Habour light and laser show concepts
Park view concepts
Meeting point concepts
Street art lighting concepts
Coloured Drum lighting controller
Various coloured street art installations
Various Video projections
Various Live music events
Public view points
Public game areas
Various concept planning meeting/organisers/contributers
Slate – Vivid Sydney 2015 Media Launch Cutaways
Various of the launch event
Slate – Sandra Chipchase, CEO, Destination NSW
(English VOX POP)
“Well Vivid Sydney is the signature event for winter in Sydney. Around the world it is has firmly established itself as the major festival in Australia during that winter period”.
“Well Vivid Sydney is so important to Sydney and to New South Wales because it drives over night visitation, it delivers economic benefit and it firmly establishes Sydney as the creative services hub of not only Australia but of the Asia Pacific”.
Slate – Ignatius Jones, Creative Director, Vivid Sydney
(English VOX POP)
“The thing that is special about Vivid Sydney is that, it’s when we take the art off the walls and we put it on the street, it’s where we show the people the nexus of art and technology, where art meets technology and changes the world, it’s where we show the people the future and the other great thing about Vivid is that 98 percent of it is free”
“One of the big things about Vivid 2015 is the concentration on mass player games, which is actually an exploration of interactivity, which has always been an important part of Vivid, but this year we’re really, really expanding it. So, the Star and Pyrmont area will have a whole series of mass player installations, there’s a couple of them on the Light Walk itself and I think, you know, here we are absolutely stretching the limits of technology”
Slate – Anthony Bastic, Curator, Vivid Light
(English VOX POP)
“The Vivid Light Walk this year has over 60 light installations, some of them are interactive and highly imaginative installations which hug the Sydney Harbour foreshore but also take us into new areas in the city. We’re back again in Martin Place this year, which is fantastic, and we’re also moving into 2 new areas, a new precinct called Central Park Sydney and also at Chatswood.”
“The Vivid Light Walk is the great leveller. It enables us all from whatever background we are to come out and enjoy the light art installations, which will be positioned around Sydney Harbour, and the two new areas, Central Park Sydney and also Chatswood”
Slate – Stephen Ferris, Curator, Vivid Music
(English VOX POP)
“What I think what’s really special about the Vivivd 2015 music program is that when people visit Sydney, whether it’s from inter-state or the country, or even the suburbs, or from international areas, they come in all different shapes and sizes and I think they really want to see, some diversification. They want to see the essence of Sydney but there’s a whole bunch of levels I think that we’re trying now to program for, for all those sorts of people – and also to enlighten them a little bit, entertain them a bit and maybe even sort of titillate a little bit as well”
“We’ve got a whole lot one off events all around Sydney, so Vivid Music is really expanding, the footprint’s expanding and the cultural fabric of it is also broadening as well”
Slate – Ben Marshall, Curator, Vivid Live
(English VOX POP)
“We have the first time 10 straight nights of Sydney only music in the Opera House concert hall. We’re doing an event for families and kids with a magnificent dress up adapt people. We’re bringing the projections inside for the very first time and including them as part of the Light Walk. There’s a lot to evolve and a lot that stays the same. It’s still an event that programs the gold standard in contemporary music”
Slate – Jess Scully, Curator, Vivid Ideas
(English VOX POP)
“Vivid Ideas is entirely about turning your inspiration into action, and taking what you learn on stage and applying it in your creative practise”
“We’ve got an incredible line up of people who who have actually changed the way that we watch TV, the way that we communicate, the way that we express ourselves”