Sydney Turns it On- Vivid Festival

Posted: June 3, 2012 by rosementon in Arts & Culture, Deakin University, Global News
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By Rosalina Menton

Vivid Light festival is back! Sydney’s favourite winter carnival of light, colour, music and spectacular illumination of the Harbour foreshore has just opened. Bigger than ever before, the festival has one aim this year, and that is to be the most exciting and interactive event on the Sydney calendar.

The Vivid Light festival is in its fourth year and has proven to be very popular amongst Sydney residents and tourists. Events New South Wales claims the program will feature 100 events over the 18-days of the festival. Events include performances by YEAH YEAH YEAH’s front-woman Karen O and many special performances at the Sydney Opera House to coincide with the event. Also on the line up are more than 60 interactive and immersive light installations, creative idea industry forum talks and key note speakers from the publishing, design, fashion and architecture industries.

Kristen Ellis from Art & Australia Magazine, describes the approach to create an interactive art installation environment as “sensational”. “It is wonderful for the public who wouldn’t normally consider art as part of their daily lives to experience creativeness in such a fantastic way.” Ellis is fully supports the idea of making art accessible saying “Art is more than just a painting on a wall in a gallery. All art is based on the foundations of sharing creativeness and expanding on quirky ideas. That is what is so special about the festival, it makes art fun and easy to participate in and it is becoming increasingly popular with every year.”

The Museum of Contemorary Art is transformed

The Museum of Contemorary Art is transformed

Its not just those who live and breath the art world who enjoy roaming the foreshore during the festival. Tegan Bartho 31, is glad the festival has finally arrived, “Its great to be able to finish work when it is already dark and take the long way to the train station via the pretty lights. Who doesn’t love to see colourful images on our iconic buildings and landmarks?” She will be making frequent trips to the event sites as she has planned a girl’s night out during the event. “My girlfriends and I have booked a great restaurant near the Opera House, we will be going out afterwards but we will absolutely be making a stop to play some light up hopscotch on our way to the club.”

The Vivid festival runs from 25 May until 11 June 2012. Light installation sights are spread across Circular Quay, The Rocks and The International Passenger Terminal.

Please enjoy the multimedia presentation below featuring some of the sights and sounds on display at this year’s event.

  1. mschneiders says:

    The light installations look amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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