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The last few years have seen Vivid go through a maturing phase that this year brings it back on track as a festival of light. Effectively, the festival was too successful and ran away from the o...

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The last few years have seen Vivid go through a maturing phase that this year brings it back on track as a festival of light.

Effectively, the festival was too successful and ran away from the organisers, with too many stakeholders to allow for a good creative lead. This appears to have been checked with Lucy Keeler as light director and Stephen Ferris as music director.

As always, the light installations that work with the architecture rather than simply as a place to project images are the most successful. City Sparkle, for example, by Iain Reed, incorporates 3200 light beams across the city, which in turn are complemented by the coloured lights covering many of the city’s buildings.

Conversely, the large floral and animal numbers are, while huge crowd pleasers, aimed at a young audience. Vivid music under Ferris will run the gamut from FKA Twigs to Rüfüs Du Sol, and Curve Ball (curated by Fuzzy Events to include Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and Mallrat) to Concertos on Fire, a chamber performance that combines classical music and performance art. In the line-up are Heaps Gay, Carlotta, Purple Sneakers and so much more… The main event for Vivid LIVE at the Opera House is British alternative rock pioneers The Cure, who will mark the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Disintegration with four sold-out Australian performances.

At the Concert Hall, UK electronic band Underworld’s fusion of melodic folk and percussive beats will showcase their new record, Heard It in a Past Life. Sharon Van Etten will give a single performance, while legendary jazz ground-breaker Herbie Hancock’s only Sydney show will be unmissable.

The Vivid Ideas Exchange will once again reside on Level 6 of the Museum of Contemporary Art, with 23 days of talks and skill sharpening workshops, including future-facing industry forums, deep-dive conferences, panels and showcases, where Vivid aims to “brighten up your perspectives and challenge your ideas”.

Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Galley of NSW for free Wednesday evenings that combine art activities, live music and talks by creative thinkers addressing issues of belonging – including comedian and ‘bad Buddhist’ Meshel Laurie, rapper, poet and author Omar Musa and artist Abdul Abdullah in conversation about cultural identity, and the team behind the hit ABC TV show You Can’t Say That celebrating social diversity.

www.vividsydney.com

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Start:
May 24 @ 8:00 am
End:
June 15 @ 11:30 pm
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http://www.vividsydney.com

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Sydney

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