Now celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Vivid Sydney is the biggest festival of light, music and ideas in the world, with nine live sites across the city. The 2018 edition of this 23 day festival expects over 2 million visitors and ends on June 16.
With a unique blend of technology, artistic flair and whimsical fun, this year’s program features bold new additions such as Bradfield’s Beacon, a powerful sky-piercing laser on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Marri Dyin, a six-meter tall puppet at Barangaroo and the inaugural appearance of Government House, which provides the backdrop for a bold new video work. Special one-off events include the screening of a custom-made Snugglepot and Cuddlepieanimation at Customs House and a public talk by Hollywood legend James Cameron.
Framed by the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, Circular Quay is a natural amphitheater, but Vivid Sydney transforms the area into an interactive pleasure dome. Brightly-lit installations dot the parks and foreshore while powerful laser beams shoot up into the heavens. The centerpiece is Metamathemagical – a series of kinetic digital sculptures projected onto the roof of the Opera House. The work, created by artist Jonathan Zawada, explores metaphysical themes using imagery inspired by the Australian environment.