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FESTIVAL – Vivid Sydney 2009: Smart Light, Luminous, Creative Sydney, Fire Water

May 27, 2009toJune 14, 2009

Vivid Sydney 2009*

Vivid Sydney - What are the lights in Sydney about?  Largest light show in the Southern Hemisphere.

City of Sydney has partnered with Events NSW to present this unique new public festival, Vivid Sydney, that will transform the city into a spectacular living canvas of music and light in and around the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Circular Quay and the city centre. Featuring Luminous, Smart Light Sydney, Creative Sydney and Fire Water.
See Sydney in a different light.
Vivid Sydney will be the biggest international music and light festival in the Southern Hemisphere.  It will showcase the city as a major creative hub, celebrating the diversity of Sydney’s creative industries.
Vivid Sydney features four exciting new events:

  • Luminous
    Hosted by Sydney Opera House and curated by legendary musician and multimedia artist Brian Eno, Luminous includes international and local music acts alongside public talks and spectacular light and art installations.
    Eno will launch Luminous with the lighting of the sails, transforming Utzon’s masterpiece into an artists’ canvas. The festival will also feature Eno’s image/sound installation, 77 Million Paintings. This constantly evolving audio/visual experience will run throughout Luminous as a free public event in the Studio.
    Music highlights include New York supergroup Battles, UK synth-popsters Ladytron, Irish singer/songwriter Damien Dempsey, Fourth World trumpeter Jon Hassell, the incomparable Reggie Watts, the cosmic Laraaji, the voice of Underworld Karl Hyde, and the hottest new name in electronic music Jon Hopkins.
  • Smart Light Sydney
    Smart Light Sydney will showcase dynamic light art sculptures using smart technology with a free Light Walk from Sydney Observatory, around the Rocks and Circular Quay to Sydney Opera House.
    Conceived by Sydney born lighting designer and composer, Festival Director Mary-Anne Kyriakou, Smart Light Sydney will also encompass the Art Light Exhibition and Smart Light Symposia at UTS and Licht, an orchestral and light art interpretation of composer Stockhausen’s work at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
    The Light Walk and Art Light public art displays will showcase dynamic new works from light artists and designers from around Australia and internationally, including Brian Eno and Australian design luminaries Warren Langley and Ruth McDermott.
  • Creative Sydney
    Offering a provocative discussion program at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Creative Sydney will include representatives from the full range of the creative population.
    It will also stage the inaugural Creative Futures Conference at Sydney Opera House, presented by Marcus Westbury – writer, broadcaster and Director of some of Australia’s most innovative, unconventional and successful cultural events.
    In addition, Creative Sydney will act as the launch pad for the Creative Catalysts project – an annual list of innovative, creative Sydneysiders that have been judged by their peers as catalysts for original, creative work and have inspired others in their field.   
  • Fire Water
    A free event recreated over three nights of flame, food and spectacle in Campbell’s Cove, Fire Water interprets the firey demise in 1814 of the convict transport ship Three Bees in Sydney Harbour.
    Spectators are encouraged to enjoy light installations, music, floating lantern workshops, flame-grilled food from local restaurateurs and the dramatic burning of the Three Bees, turning The Rocks into a spectacularly warm winter haven.

For Vivid Sydney information and full program details visit www.vividsydney.com
City of Sydney is proud to partner with Events NSW to present Vivid Sydney


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