If you’re craving a unique holiday this year and want to beat the winter blues, Vivid Sydney 2015 is the perfect event for you.
Vivid is one of my absolute favourite festivals to attend because it’s so different from anything else I’ve ever experienced. Here’s why. Whether you’re travelling with the kids or want a solo experience to remember, you’ve come to the right place.
The unique annual event of light, music and ideas has played out in Sydney since 2009, and gets bigger and brighter every year. Art, technology and commerce intersect over 18 days from May 22 until June 8, making this the perfect treat to help warm up those cooler nights.
There’s a huge range of free exhibitions and shows taking place across Vivid, from the awe-inspiring illumination of the Sydney Opera House right through to seminars discussing new and cutting-edge ideas on technology and beyond. There’s an up-to-the-minute contemporary music program to knock the socks off any ravers or aficionados, and no doubt travellers will come from far and wide to interact with the lighting experiences and live performances.
Hundreds of thousands of people typically attend Vivid each year, and here’s what they come for:
Joseph Crossley (Finely Tuned) from the UK uses the latest Intel technology in his light show, Transcendence. It merges new media art, from projection mapping to computer mapping to computer-code driven light shows, casting light where there has recently been darkness. Each night, a different collection of light art will be on display at Martin Place.
Arriving from Austin Texas, Bill Callahan and his Dream River band will make their second Sydney appearance with 14 albums, 25 years of music, and a media mystique hailing a new Leonard Cohen. The show plays for two eveings on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 May. Buy tickets here.
STREETS AHEAD is new to the Australian creative scene: it’s an event that brings together the world’s premier artists, brands and designers showcasing street art and streetwear; art and commerce.
Presented by aMBUSH Gallery and T-world, in partnership with Central Park, STREETS AHEAD is a day-long conference, an exhibition, special events and series of Q&As sessions. It’s on at Chippendale from 26 May – 31 May. See program information here.
Thirteen areas will light up during Vivid 2015. From Chatswood to Circular Quay, Darling Harbour to Pyrmont, The Rocks and even The University of Sydney, there are more city and suburban areas joining in the festival of light giving Sydney residents and visitors more opportunities to take part in this year’s festival.
Plan your transport to Vivid Sydney here.