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Lights On! It’s Time To Shine For Super-Sized Vivid Sydney 2017


Vivid Sydney will bathe Sydney in breathtaking colour and a dizzying array of special effects as the world’s largest festival of light, music, and ideas switches on for 23 nights from 6pm tonight, 26 May 2017.

Featuring seven light precincts and more than 90 large scale light installations and projections, Vivid Sydney will run bigger, bolder, and brighter until 17 June.

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said “It’s all systems go as the city becomes a massive, creative canvas from tonight, with art and technology coming together to present awe-inspiring creations conjured by some of the world’s leading creative minds and technology innovators.”

“Visitors to Vivid Sydney come for the lights and stay for the sights of this great State.  In 2016, Vivid Sydney welcomed a record-breaking 2.31 million attendees. In 2017, we’re hoping to surpass last year’s massive $110 million injection into our State’s visitor economy,” he said.

More than 180 local and international artists have created the light installations and projections for Vivid Sydney, including The Rocks, Campbell’s Cove, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Taronga Zoo, Martin Place, Darling Harbour and festival debutante, Barangaroo (South).

Projections will illuminate iconic buildings and landmarks throughout the city including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia as well as the organic backdrops of enormous trees and natural rockscapes in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

The ultimate canvas, the Sails of the Sydney Opera House will feature Audio Creatures, an indescribable world of colour and light, featuring imaginary sea creatures lurking deep in the harbour and shimmering plant life.

Special effects and animations are found at every turn, from the ground below visitors’ feet at Barangaroo (South), to Darling Harbour’s Magicians of the Mist, a 50 metre high water fountain featuring 40 metre high projections, lasers, fireworks, flame and a dramatic soundtrack.

North of the harbour, a steampunk waterworld themed adventure awaits in Chatswood, while giant illuminated lanterns of endangered animals are sparking conversations about conservation at Taronga Zoo.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer of Vivid Sydney Sandra Chipchase said “Over the next 23 days, visitors can take their pick of hundreds of events, including more than 284 Vivid Ideas discussions and creative forums in 59 venues, that will explore our creative future, or more than 390 Vivid Music performances in more than 40 venues, featuring a range of genres from indie folk and electronic music to musical theatre and jazz.”

Festival highlights include:


Lighting the Sails: Audio Creatures: The Sails of the World-Heritage listed Sydney Opera House will be brought to life by Audio Creatures: a series of imaginary creatures curated and designed by visionary director Ash Bolland. Audio Creatures will feature morphing and mesmeric marine creatures and plant life, cut with sleek futuristic technology across the iconic Sails. Audio Creatures will be set to a bespoke soundtrack by Brazilian electronic producer Amon Tobin.

Organic Vibrations: Australian contemporary artist Julia Gorman and French collective Danny Rose will create a new artwork projected onto the heritage-listed façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA).  The installation will use projection-mapping techniques to bring to life images originally made by Gorman in watercolour, oils, and marker pen depicting sinuous lines and colours inspired by the natural world. (The Rocks)

Magicians of the Mist: Fantastical fountains, flame jets, lasers, music, fireworks and walls of water show the power of creativity and innovation in this spectacular projection. (Darling Harbour)

Trapdoor: Discover what optical illusions are in store if you dare to step onto this fantastical floor mural that tells otherworldly stories of Barangaroo. (Barangaroo South)

Electric Forest: The forest comes to life as never before, from wild hanging fruits to schools of fish, when you enter this strange world of illuminated plants, illusions and a psycho- acoustic soundtrack. (The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney)

Lights for the Wild: Shine a light on the plight of endangered animals with your interactive wristband and gaze in amazement at the beauty of these majestic, giant illuminated lanterns – you can even step into the mouth of PJ the Port Jackson Shark! (Taronga Zoo)

Steampunk Waterworld: Peer into an incredible submerged steampunk water world of lights, sounds and special effects at the Reflection Pool in The Concourse. (Chatswood)


Curve Ball: Creatives, artists and musicians join forces to deliver this immersive, large scale, live music audio and visual spectacular combining quality dance music and stunning visuals. (3pm-10pm Sunday 11 June, Carriageworks).

Hidden Sydney – The Glittering Mile: The roller coaster ride into the story of Kings Cross and the colourful cast of characters from its gritty, glittery past. (25 May – 18 June, The World Bar, Kings Cross).

Nick Murphy (formerly known as Chet Faker) Presents Missing Link: The charismatic hit-maker returns, premieres new material and resurrecting old favourites in an ambitious in-the-round performance. (1 -3 June, Sydney Opera House).

Dappled Cities: One of the most beloved indie bands to emerge from Sydney over the past two decades presents new album IIIII (pronounced five), complete with immersive lighting spectacle in this one-off concert. (4 June, City Recital Hall)


Game-Changer Talks Series: Hear from the creative forces shaping our world and lives, including Buzzfeed founder, CEO and media visionary Jonah Peretti. (28 May, City Recital Hall); influential Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone (28 May, City Recital Hall) and iconic American artist Shepard Fairey (17 June, Sydney Town Hall). Fairey, the artist behind the Barack Obama HOPE campaign, will also create a public mural in the heart of Sydney’s CBD during the festival, while an exhibition of his music-themed works is on display at Darling Quarter.

The Sunrise Conference: Delve deep into the future of technology, business and innovative start-up ecosystems at this enlightening forum.(31 May)

Semi Permanent: Hear about our innovation future straight from the source in a series of interactive, immersive experiences with world leading innovators from Getty Images, Nike, Uber, Google and more. ( 25-27 May)

Clipped Music Video Festival: Learn from artists and filmmakers at this creative hub as they collaborate and debate and celebrate the art form of music videos. (3 June)

Good Design Festival: Join design luminaries, experience the best in all things design and celebrate the winners of the 2017 Good Design Awards and exhibition. ( 8-11 June)

Rhodes: Creative: Explore tomorrow’s technologies today with hands on activities including 3D printing and robotics. (28 May  – 16 June)

The Vivid Ideas Exchange: You name it, there’s probably a session about it, debating and dissecting everything from fashion to placemaking, storytelling, ageism, marketing, health, innovation, big data and mixed reality. Events at the Vivid Ideas Exchange run every day from 10am to 5pm on Level 6, Museum Contemporary Art Australia throughout Vivid Sydney.

Shows: Sydney, Australia

  1. GV’s various of Circular Quay area – Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House Sails, etc.
  2. GV’s various of Royal Botanic Gardens
  3. GV’s various of Kings Cross
  4. GV’s various of Martin Place
  5. GV’s various of Barangaroo South
  6. GV’s various of Chatswood
  7. GV’s various of Taronga Zoo
  8. GV’s various of Darling Harbour
  9. Interview Minister Adam Marshall, NSW Minister for Tourism & Majour Events – English Speech
  10. Interview Sandra Chipchase, Destination NSW CEO & Executive Producer, Vivid Sydney – English Speech
  11. Interview Ignatius Jones, Creative Director, Vivid Sydney – English Speech


Other: About Vivid Sydney 

Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, which for 23 nights – from Friday 26 May until Saturday 17 June – transforms the Harbour City with its colourful creative canvas. Now in its ninth year, Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. Vivid Sydney features large-scale light installations and projections (Vivid Light); music performances and collaborations (Vivid Music including Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House); and creative ideas, discussion and debate (Vivid Ideas), all celebrating Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific. For more information visit


Final Week Of Sydney’s Summer Cultural Hit, Sydney Festival

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Sydney’s premiere Summer cultural event, Sydney Festival has entertained thousands of local and visiting audiences over the past fortnight with its huge program of events that celebrate circus, theatre, dance, music, visual arts, opera and more.

Whether swimming in a 60-metre wide ocean of 1.1 million recycled translucent balls at The Beach; inhaling the smell of a city at Scent of Sydney; or seeing a world premiere performance from Sydney Dance Company in Nude Live where dancers respond to more than 100 powerful artworks from the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ major summer Sydney International Art Series exhibition Nude: Art from the Tate collection (with extra dates added due to popular demand), Sydney Festival’s program has an event that suits many ages, interests and cultures.

Now in its last week, Sydney Festival still has more to see and do, including the annual favourite, Australia Day Ferrython; Australian exclusive performances of Greek dance/theatre event, Still Life; and reflective labyrinth, House of Mirrors located right next to the hub of the festival, the Meriton Festival Village.

Sydney Festival 2017 is comprised of 150 events, a staggering 73 of which are free. Genres covered include theatre, circus, dance, music, and opera, among others. The program features 16 world premieres, 9 Australian premieres and 14 Australian exclusives. 454 performances will take place across 46 venues, featuring 1021 artists from 15 countries. Sydney Festival’s audacious contemporary programming positions it at the forefront of arts practice in Australia.

Sydney Festival is supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. Visit for more information.

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Cut Package showing various Sydney Festival events.

Other: About Destination NSW 

Destination NSW is the lead Government agency for the New South Wales (NSW) tourism and major events sectors. Our role is to market Sydney and NSW as one of the world’s premier tourism and major events destinations; to secure major sporting and cultural events; to work in partnership with Business Events Sydney to win major international conventions and incentive travel reward programs; to develop and deliver initiatives that will drive visitor growth throughout the State; to achieve the NSW Government’s goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure within the State by the year 2020.

From food and wine festivals to surf competitions, world class sporting events to celebrations of arts and culture, New South Wales has an Annual Calendar of Events that celebrates the diverse facets of


Wayne Gretzky Visits Sydney Zoo

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – The greatest ice hockey player of all time, Wayne Gretzky, has taken in the sights of Sydney visiting the city’s Taronga Zoo to get up close with some of New South Wales’ native animals.

Wayne Gretzky is making his first visit to Sydney, secured exclusively by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. Since touching down in the harbour city, Gretzky has taken to the ice on a custom rink on the harbour foreshore, built specially to welcome him to the state, as well as meeting with Aussie Rules football club, the Sydney Swans, for a ball kicking session.

Gretzky will lace up his skates and take to the ice prior to the USA v Canada match today at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, New South Wales to showcase the skills that saw him hold or break an astonishing 60 NHL records throughout an illustrious career spanning 20 years.

Jun, 25, 2016



World’s Largest Festival Of Light, Music And Ideas Kicks Off In Sydney

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Sydney, Australia is awash with colour this evening as more than 90 light installations light up the city for the annual Vivid Sydney festival, projecting colourful art on the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and throughout the city. Vivid Sydney officially opens tonight, 27 May, and runs for 23 nights until 18 June 2016.

Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. More than 150 artists from 23 countries have created the light installations and projections that appear in more than eight Vivid Sydney precincts spread across Sydney. Vivid Sydney also features 195 Vivid Music events and more than 500 speakers appearing at Vivid Idea talks and forums.

The New South Wales Government’s Premier Mike Baird said “Tonight thousands of people have visited Sydney to witness the amazing Vivid ‘lights-on’ moment. For the next 23 nights, Sydney’s most iconic landmarks will be lit up in a symphony of colour and movement, attracting visitors from across the world. Vivid is a creative festival for a global audience and its popularity is evident in the 1.7 million visitors who attended last year’s festival.”

This year Vivid Sydney will celebrate Australian Indigenous culture with the Songlines projection appearing on the Sails of the iconic Sydney Opera House. The spectacular animation showcases the work of six renowned Indigenous artists: Karla Dickens, Djon Mundine OAM, Reko Rennie, Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi, Donny Woolagoodja and the late Gulumbu Yunipingu. Co-curated by Destination NSW and the Sydney Opera House, Songlines speaks directly to the spirituality and culture of Australia’s First Peoples, depicting the interconnected sharing systems and the trade routes that weave through time and distance, earth and sky.

With other major 3D projections appearing on the façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and Customs House, Vivid Sydney showcases Sydney as a hub for the creative industries, with world-first technologies and design used to create the stunning spectacle of light.

Darling Harbour’s Laser-Dragon Water-Theatre features a world-first water-screen mounted on a 13m robotic arm floating high above fifty-six fountains. Laser-Dragon Water-Theatre show includes four video projected water-screens on which dancers will be projected moving to a music score created by The Presets. Visitors will be astonished by forty 20m-high vertical fountains, sixteen 25m-high moving fountains, twenty 15m-high flame jets and ten powerful lasers. In another world first at Darling Harbour, visitors will be able to scan and project their own face onto the water screen, through the use of Intel RealSense™ technology.

World-famous Sydney Harbour will be showcased to the world with the Sydney Harbour Bridge illuminated by 1,640 lighting fixtures tubes, containing 72,000 individual LEDs, and 6,700 individuals LEDS in 140 Cans as part of the Dress Circle installation which allows visitors to literally control the colour of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney Harbour Ferries will also be illuminated with up to 1,480m of LED tape to light up their journey across the Harbour.

Vivid Sydney stretches across the city with the Vivid Light Walk, starting at the Sydney Opera House, taking in the harbourside of the Royal Botanic Gardens celebrating its 200th anniversary, and following the waterfront to Walsh Bay. Illuminations and projections appear in Sydney’s Martin Place, Darling Harbour and the Australian National Maritime Museum, and Vivid Sydney’s first indoor precinct at The Galeries in the city’s CBD. The precincts of Central Park and Chatswood have also become a vibrant nighttime playground, as well as Taronga Zoo where illuminated lanterns will represent critical species to celebrate the Zoo’s 100th anniversary.

Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer of Vivid Sydney Sandra Chipchase said “Vivid Sydney has again delivered remarkable technical and artistic world-firsts as part of Vivid Light. Our biggest ever Vivid Sydney program will deliver an impressive line-up of music acts from punk rockers to global superstars, up-and-coming homegrown talent, cabaret legends and more. This matched by a diverse program of social trend disrupters, including Jenji Kohan, Spike Jonze, Beau Willimon and Margaret Zhang, who appear as part of Vivid Ideas talks and forum series. Vivid Sydney 2016 is truly a celebration of innovation and creativity.”

As part of the Vivid Music program, organisers have now announced an exclusive DJ performance from international pop-icon Boy George, taking place at 12 June 2016 at Café Del Mar in Vivid Sydney’s Darling Harbour precinct. This will be Boy George’s only DJ performance in Australia.

Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the State Government’s tourism and major events agency. In 2015 it attracted 1.7 million visitors and delivered more than $63 million in visitor expenditure to the local economy.


Sydney Opera House Goes Green & Gold For Rugby World Cup

The Sydney Opera House going Green And Gold for Rugby World Cup

Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House will turn Green and Gold in support of the Wallabies as they prepare to face the ultimate test against New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup Final in England early on Sunday morning.

From 8pm AEDT Friday 30 October, the sails of the Sydney Opera House will be illuminated in the green and gold colours of the Wallabies in a spectacular showing of support for the team ahead of its date with destiny.

The famous sails will be wrapped in green and gold again on Saturday night until midnight, prior to kick off in the match at 3am AEDT on Sunday morning (1 November).

Oct, 30, 2015



Vivid Sydney Light Festival 2015: Biggest Ever Program Announced

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.
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Expansion into city suburbs Chatswood and Central Park
Over 60 Lighting Installations and Projections
Expanded Music Program and Australian exclusives including The Hoodoo Gurus
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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

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

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

Park installations

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

Music videos

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”

Mar, 18, 2015