Sydney will once again light up this May and June for Vivid Sydney 2019 – the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere. The just-released program is stacked with innovative art installations and events, from hands-on workshops to thought-provoking talks to intimate concerts.
Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer of Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “This year’s Vivid Sydney program is bold, exciting and diverse, offering something for everyone so I encourage those who want to experience this unmissable event to start planning their trip now.”
Vivid Sydney’s spectacular light shows are arguably the biggest drawcard for many, and for good reason. This year’s Light Walk will stretch for more than three kilometres through the city. A few highlights will include the works projected onto the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Royal Botanic Garden.
This year, Los Angeles-based Chinese American artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang’s ode to Australia’s unique native plants and flowers will be projected onto the Opera House. Austral Flora Ballet will be presented for the Lighting of the Sails, incorporating a dancer’s movements in response to the Opera House’s dynamic shape.
Rhoda Roberts AO has curated Eora: Broken Spear; the projection that will be on display on the southern pylon of the Harbour Bridge. With a projection design by The Electric Canvas, this work was created in celebration of the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages, and is sure to be a moving and powerful piece.
The Royal Botanic Garden will once again turn into a veritable forest of light with a path of inspired works. This includes Firefly Field, which is a hypnotising installation of 500 flying light points designed to simulate the aerial ballet of fireflies.
Once again, the Vivid festivities will extend beyond The Rocks, with precincts in Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Luna Park.
Vivid Ideas presents a range of talks, workshops and forums that will explore the topics of love, loneliness and belonging in our fast-paced, ever-connected lives.
Hollywood icon Spike Lee will take part in the Game Changers series, where he’ll delve into his personal politics, story-craft and tips for making movies that matter. Esther Perel, psychotherapist and creator of the podcast Where Should We Begin?, will also present a talk, discussing the idea of modern love in the digital age and how relationships are being affected by technology.
British alternative rock trailblazers The Cure will be leading the charge at the Opera House, performing their iconic album Disintegration in full over four shows.
Australian music legend Paul Kelly, together with leading Australian composer James Ledger will perform 13 new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds at the City Recital Hall.
The hugely talented and dynamic genre-defying artist FKA Twigs is set to headline the Carriageworks program, along with electronic act RUFUS DU SOL.
The main precincts that Vivid Sydney events are held are, of course, flush with accommodation options. Most of these generally offer deals and packages for festival goers visiting from out of town. With more to follow next week, here are the details of Vivid accommodation packages currently on offer:
- Helloworld – offer valid until 15 June: Packages now available for travel to Vivid Sydney including 2 nights accommodation and one sightseeing attraction from $289* per person twin share. helloworld.com.au
- Accor – offer valid until 15 June: Book now and enjoy $25 off each night at Accor properties in Sydney & NSW. Plus for a limited time only, you can start your day with $1 breakfast at participating hotels. accorhotels.com
Go to vividsydney.com for the full program and more information.
Vivid Sydney 2019
24 May – 15 June 2019