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Vivid Sydney – Light-Years Ahead

Submitted by on May 1, 2013 – 1:11 pmNo Comment

If I was to encapsulate Sydney in one word “vivid” immediately springs to mind.

Vivid not just in terms of personality and lively nature, vivid as in Vivid Sydney, the winter event that transforms the Emerald City into a kaleidoscope of colour, made all the more enthralling by the creative use of sound and music.

Heading into its 5th year in 2013, the 18-day festival from 24 May to 10 June embraces some of Australia’s most famous icons and gives them an illuminating night-time makeover.

Some seriously clever people are behind the light artistry. We’re talking explosions of colour and images being projected on to the ‘sails’ of the Sydney Opera House, cartoon characters, cars and trains criss-crossing the unique facade of the Customs House and beautiful buildings around Circular Quay becoming ever-changing neon canvases.

It is truly mesmerising, creating a New Year’s Eve feel for the thousands drawn to the light – record crowds of 500,000 in 2012, including 45,000 interstate or overseas visitors.

Like a supernova, Vivid Sydney is expanding at a stellar rate.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge will be the centrepiece of a new interactive light installation this year, extending the Vivid Light Walk across the harbour into North Sydney. Incredibly, in a world-first, the public will control the scene and colour of the projection beamed on to the western face of the bridge, using an interactive touch screen located on the Luna Park boardwalk to direct 100,800 individual programmable LEDs.

Fort Denison is also receiving its inaugural Vivid Sydney makeover, with a giant eight-metre high simulated bonfire the show-stopper among a number of works that can be viewed from the harbour foreshore or up close via a dinner and tour package, dubbed Dinner DeLights.

Vivid Light will also extend to Darling Harbour for the first time with spectacular dancing water fountains, water screen projection performances and dazzling light and water shows never seen Down Under before.

But Vivid Sydney isn’t just a visual symphony. It’s a treat for the ears as well.

Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House hosts some of the world’s most ambitious and innovative artists for a ten-day celebration of music.

Chief among the virtuosos performing are RnB legend Bobby Womack, Karl Hyde from Underworld and Grammy Award-winning Bon Iver founder and frontman Justin Vernon and highlights will undoubtedly include the world premiere of Empire of the Sun’s second album (five years after their double-platinum debut), Gurrumul collaborating with the Sydney Symphony and the 45-piece Heritage Orchestra performing Vangelis’ original Blade Runner score.

Speaking of emotionless, enhanced humans, the most highly-anticipated musical experience will be courtesy of the sublimely innovative Kraftwerk. The German electronic music pioneers have re-werked eight studio masterwerks – Autobahn (1974), Radio-Activity (1975), Trans Europe Express (1977), The Man Machine (1978), Computer World (1981), Techno Pop (1986), The Mix (1991) and Tour de France (2003) – into audiovisual exhibitions that redefine the concert experience. Tickets were by application only and ballot winners are in for a treat as rare as a rainbow crossing.

Vivid Sydney is one of five signature events in the annual NSW Events Calendar – along with New Year in Sydney (featuring the famous New Year’s fireworks and Sydney Festival), Sydney Carnival, Crave Sydney International Food Festival and the Sydney International Art Series – and, as such, deserves its time in the sun (metaphorically speaking).

Don’t miss it. Take a harbour cruise, jump on a ferry from Darling Harbour or Milson’s Point into Circular Quay or catch a train to the Quay and walk around The Rocks.

Just don’t leave it until the last minute and don’t hesitate to take the whole family.

When you see the lights reflected on the world’s greatest harbour or reflected from your child’s entranced eyes you’ll appreciate that Vivid Sydney will be a treasure for light-years to come.

* The full Vivid Sydney 2013 program is available at

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