Vivid Sydney, now in its 11th year, is all set to dazzle the Australian harbour city this winter. The largest festival of lights, music and ideas in Australia will take place from May 24 to June 15. More than 50 light works will be curated into the largest outdoor gallery of its kind in the southern hemisphere, stretching for more than 3km.
Here are some of the not-to-be-missed highlights of the event:
1. Argyle Cut in The Rocks returns with Pixar Animation Studios
Sydney’s heritage-listed Argyle Cut in The Rocks is illuminated with a creative light projection featuring the characters of Pixar films, including the beloved duo, Woody and Buzz Lightyear.
2. Campbells Cove and Hickson Road Reserve rejoin Light Walk
Campbells Cove returns with Ballerina, an eternal dance solo that shimmers along the harbour’s edge as if in a dream, while Let It Snow mirrors the landing of giant snowflakes at Hickson Road Reserve.
3. Vivid Ideas
American filmmaker Spike Lee and Belgian psychotherapist Esther Perel headline Vivid Ideas, where Lee opens up about his personal politics, story craft and tips for making movies that matter, while Perel investigates modern love in the digital age.
4. Music features
Dynamic electronic artist Rufus du Sol and genre-blending popstar FKA Twigs will headline this year’s Carriageworks programme, while British electronic titans Underworld transforms the Concert Hall, with rising American synth pop star Maggie Rogers making her Sydney Opera House debut. The event is not just a feast for the eyes, but also offers many photo opportunities.
5. Firefly Field
If you’re a fan of bokeh and fairy lights, you’ll love this one. Over at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, be mesmerised by the Firefly Field, where 500 flying light points simulate an aerial ballet of these tiny nocturnal winged creatures. Linger a while longer to capture a long exposure shot or even a time lapse.
6. Austral Flora Ballet
The Sydney Opera House is transformed into a hypnotic tribute to Australia’s native plants in the Austral Flora Ballet show. Created by Los Angeles-based Chinese American artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang, this is a spectacle of floral beauties, complemented by a dancer’s movements.
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