Expanded Vivid Sydney Line-up Shines in 2016

March 17, 2016 Off By Web Desk

SYDNEY, Australia, March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ —

  • Expansion into Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Taronga Zoo
  • Over 80 light installations and projections
  • Bjork, New Order and Bon Iver for Vivid Music
  • Superstar storytellers Spike Jonze, Jenji Kohan, Beau Willimon for Vivid Ideas
  • 2016 program announcement video content is available here

The longest ever Vivid Sydney will shine for 23 nights when it illuminates Sydney Harbour, new and much-loved precincts, and hosts vibrant music performances and big ideas talks, from Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June.

MCA- The Matter of Painting – artist impression by Huseyin Sami and Danny Rose.

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Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “This year Vivid Sydney is back with an incredible program where art, creativity and innovation meet, and are celebrated by local and international visitors.”

“Vivid Sydney delivers the world’s leading light artists in Vivid Light, cutting-edge musicians in Vivid Music, and creative innovators in Vivid Ideas. In 2015 the festival attracted a record 1.7 million attendees, and this year visitors to Vivid Sydney will have longer to experience the wonder of Vivid Sydney, and enjoy our biggest year yet.”

In a Vivid Sydney first, the sails of the world-heritage listed Sydney Opera House will celebrate the rich and diverse work of Australia’s Indigenous artists through the projection, Songlines. This exceptional work of art is directed by Sydney Opera House Head of Indigenous Programming, Rhoda Roberts of the Bundjalung Nation of NSW, and brings together six Indigenous artists whose work illustrates the extraordinary connections between Indigenous astronomy and the natural world – the celestial and terrestrial Songlines that weave through time and distance, earth and sky.

Vivid Sydney’s brilliant light also returns to Chatswood, Central Park, Darling Harbour and the Australian National Maritime Museum, Martin Place and new precinct The Galeries, which becomes the festival’s first indoor precinct. Treasured attractions, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney  and Taronga Zoo, will light up during Vivid Sydney in celebration of the monumental anniversaries both celebrate in 2016.

At Garden of Light, visitors will take a glittering journey through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney as part of its 200th birthday celebrations. Grand installations will dazzle and delight including the impressive 60-metre long Cathedral of Light, made from hundreds of thousands of white LEDs which radiate gentle but brilliant light from all angles.

Taronga Zoo will be illuminated by larger-than-life multimedia sculptures of ten critical species ranging from the magnificent Asian elephant to the vividly coloured Corroboree frog, encouraging visitors to Be the Light for the Wild in Taronga Zoo’s centenary year and beyond.

Vivid Music will pulse through the city with new sounds and venues with highlights including the world premiere of Bjork Digital, a new virtual reality project from the international avant-garde artist and the inaugural Curve Ball – a large scale live music and art event from Fuzzy Music, both held at Carriageworks.

Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House will unleash a series of incredible acts including synth-pop legends New Order, indie folk band Bon Iver, jazz artist Esperenza Spalding and the Australian premiere of Anohni’s astonishing multimedia show.

Songlines – render impression by Artists in Motion inspired by Artist Karla Dickens.

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music will present The Sound Gardens: Vivid New Music performed by talented students with guest artists Natasha Anderson, Anthony Pateras and Clayton Thomas. Aussie hip-hop will be celebrated at Come Together @ Luna Park and One Day Sundays at The Factory in Marrickville. ARIA Hall of Fame inductees and 80s trailblazers the Models will join fellow chart-toppers the Machinations and a stripped down version of Dave Mason’s The Reels to present The Models, Machinations & The Reels for one night only at the Enmore Theatre.

Vivid Music venues joining the line-up in 2016 include Newtown Social Club, brand new venue Cake Wines Cellar Door and returning favourites including Oxford Art Factory, Freda’s and The Basement.

At Vivid Ideas, the Game Changers Talk Series will be headlined by storytellers shaping the creative landscape including acclaimed director and producer Spike Jonze, House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, the creative force behind Orange is the New Black Jenji Kohan, and one of Australia’s most influential new creatives, Margaret Zhang.

Across the city, creative conferences will dive into the business of innovation and imagination with highlights including The Sunrise which delves into Australia’s start-up culture, an exploration of how technology and digital media can shape exciting, liveable cities at the Media Architecture Biennale 2016 and Conscious Change Makers, a dynamic summit exploring the idea that ‘good business’ is good for everyone.

Vivid Sydney, now in its eighth year is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas and is owned, managed and produced by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. Vivid Sydney runs from Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June 2016. For more information visit www.vividsydney.com.

EDITOR’S NOTES

Vivid Sydney 2016 program highlights include:

Where         What                                 When

Sydney         Songlines brings together six
 Opera         Indigenous artists whose work
 House         illustrates the extraordinary
               connections between Indigenous
               astronomy and the natural world -
               the celestial and terrestrial
               songlines that weave through time
               and distance, earth and sky.        Nightly from 6pm - 11pm

Royal          Celebrating its 200th birthday, the
 Botanic       Royal Botanic Garden Sydney  will
 Garden        transform into a Garden of Light
 Sydney        with 3D mapped projections and
 (New          massive light installations,
 Precinct)     creating a wonderland of
               shimmering trees and dazzling
               bushes.                             Nightly from 6pm - 11pm

Taronga        Vivid Sydney's wildest precinct      Nightly from 5:30pm -
 Zoo           will light up with Be The Light      9:30pm
 (New          for the Wild to celebrate its
 Precinct)     100th centenary, and raise
               awareness of special animal
               species the Zoo is committed to
               protecting.

The            Perspectives will bring together     Nightly from 5:30pm -
 Galeries      some of the most prominent video     11pm
 (New          artists in the world in a dazzling
 Precinct)     installation spread throughout the
               complex that will create an
               immersive galaxy of colour, light
               and movement.

Customs        Sydney's Hidden Stories tells the
 House         story of an adventurous blue-
               tongue lizard that spreads a
               message of sustainability, as he
               explores incredible landscapes
               concealed around Vivid Sydney's
               home city.                          Nightly from 6pm - 11pm

Museum         Western Sydney Artist Huseyin Sami
 of            and French artistic collective
 Contemporary  Danny Rose collaborate to present
 Art           The Matter of Painting, a grand
 Australia     projection which transforms the
 (MCA,         MCA into a huge, vibrant canvas
 sandstone     that appears to be carved,
 original      painted, cut and brushed into a
 building)     truly multi-sensory experience.     Nightly from 6pm - 11pm

Circular       Dress Circle takes the interactive
 Quay and      lighting of Circular Quay's
 the           spectacular buildings to a whole
 Sydney        new level with visitors able to
 Harbour       control the lighting of the city
 Bridge        panorama, the Cahill Expressway
               and for the first time ever, the
               eastern side of the Sydney Harbour
               Bridge. Harbour Lights will return
               to light-up the waterways with
               illuminated ferries and boats.      Nightly from 6pm - 11pm

Vivid          The Vivid Light Walk, which
 Light         stretches around Circular Quay to
 Walk          The Rocks and Walsh Bay, boasts
               over 60 installations including
               playful and interactive
               experiences from rocketships to
               pinball games, an illuminated
               Love-O-Metre and giant
               installations, towering over
               visitors in a marvellous fashion.   Nightly from 6pm - 11pm

Martin         Martin Place will again be home to
 Place         Sydney's most popular food and
               beverage purveyors, alongside
               grand, interactive light
               installations.                      Nightly from 6pm - 11pm

Darling        The Laser-Dragon Water-Theatre
 Harbour       will wow visitors with four video-
               projected water-screens, 56
               fountains, 22 flame jets and 10
               powerful lasers, creating awe-
               inspiring forms and affects
               including ferocious dragons and
               laughing clowns.                    Nightly from 6pm – 11pm

 Australian    The journey of Norbert the Nautilus
 National      continues with a projection on the
 Maritime      rooftop named the Nautilus and the
 Museum        Sea. Characters from the film come
               to life as giant lanterns in this
               undersea fantasy.                   Nightly from 6pm - 11pm

Central        X Factory will explore technology    Nightly from 5:30pm -
 Park          and the changing human workplace     10:00pm
               through a projection on the façade
               of the heritage-listed Carlton
               Brewery building. The free Silent
               Disco will return to this exciting
               precinct, available to dance-
               loving visitors every Friday and
               Saturday evening from 5.30pm.

              WILDLIGHT -- The Bio-kinetic         27 May -13 June.
               City, will explore the fascinating   Nightly from 5:30pm -
               creatures of Gondwana through a      10:30pm
               high-tech journey from the
               Chatswood Interchange to The
Chatswood      Concourse.

Vivid          Part of Vivid Music, Vivid LIVE
 LIVE at       features the ever-transforming
 the           Anohni (formerly Antony Hegarty of
 Sydney        Antony and the Johnsons), indie
 Opera         folk band Bon Iver, iconic synth-
 House         rock band New Order and jazz
               artist Esperanza Spalding.          27 May - 13 June

Vivid          Cutting edge Vivid Music at venues
 Music         offering an ever expanding array
               of musical genres from R+B to
               house, retro revival rock,
               electronica, queer beats, eclectic
               and hip hop.                        27 May - 18 June

Vivid          The Game Changers talk series with
 Ideas         Beau Willimon, Spike Jonze, Jenji
               Kohan and Margaret Zhang, creative
               conferences plus the Vivid Ideas
               Exchange sessions at the MCA.       27 May - 18 June

Vivid Sydney thanks its sponsors for their support of the festival in 2016 including Partners Intel and Huawei, and Supporters Canon, Coates Hire, City of Sydney, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Google, Indeed, Jaguar, Oracle Liquid, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Sydney Opera House, Technical Direction Company and 32 Hundred Lighting.

The full Vivid Sydney media kit, 2016 program announcement video content, and high-res imagery, including 2016 Vivid Sydney light renders and footage of 2015 festival highlights, is available at www.vividsydney.com/media-centre.

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