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Vivid Sydney 2011 Launch Party

27 May 2011 Vivid Sydney 2011 Launch Party photos and story; MiSociety

Sydney switches on a light extravaganza in 2011 like no other
Vivid Sydney 2011 exploded into Sydney with an opening night light display around Sydney’s Circular Quay and The Rocks area that had Sydneysiders and visitors crowding the harbour’s foreshore to witness an electronic display unlike anything in the entire world.

The Sydney Opera House, being the jewel in the crown, sprang to life with a light show that had guests at the ‘switch on’ party in awe of the mastery of the creators of the spectacle, French lighting wizards ‘Superbien’.

Ignatius Jones, the 2011 Executive Producer of Vivid Sydney, enthused that this is the first time that professional projectionists have ever got their work onto the iconic Opera House building.

Vivid Sydney 2011 from it’s birth just three years ago has become Sydney’s major winter festival and the largest…

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Ignatius Jones Exec Director Vivid Sydney 2011 - Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 opening night party

photo Ignatius Jones Exec Director Vivid Sydney 2011

Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 opening night party

Alex Mestrot and Tom Chosson from Superbien - Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 Launch Party

photo Alex Mestrot and Tom Chosson from Superbien

Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 Launch Party

Bee Hortle and Nick Hortle - Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 Launch Party

photo Bee Hortle and Nick Hortle

Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 Launch Party

Carolyn Anderson and Genevieve Bell - Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 Launch Party

photo Carolyn Anderson and Genevieve Bell

Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 Launch Party

Kim Nguyen Ngoc wearing his other hat - Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 opening night party

photo Kim Nguyen Ngoc wearing his other hat

Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 opening night party

Marty Whitsitt and Genevieve Hromas - Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 opening night party

photo Marty Whitsitt and Genevieve Hromas

Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 opening night party

Anne Maria Nicholson (ABC) with Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil) -Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 Launch Party

photo Anne Maria Nicholson (ABC) with Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil)

Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 Launch Party

Vivien Chia and Mahesh Patel - Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 Launch Party

Vivien Chia and Mahesh Patel

Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 Launch Party

Vivid Bear was a popular guest at the Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 Launch Party

photo Vivid Bear was a popular guest

Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 Launch Party

Kim Nguyen Ngoc and Catherine Kuok - Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 opening night party

photo Kim Nguyen Ngoc and Catherine Kuok

Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 opening night party

David Grant and Ignatius Jones take time for a cosy fireside chat - Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 Launch Party

photo David Grant and Ignatius Jones take time for a cosy fireside chat

Vivid Sydney Festival 2011 Launch Party

festival of its king the in Southern Hemisphere. This year there are 43 light installations around the targeted areas and the pubic can stroll around and view them all free of charge.

Customs House at Circular Quay had every nook and cranny of its facade digitally scanned to create the most extraordinary lighting illusions. Undersea creatures swim the length and breadth of Customs House before ‘bats’ take over and the building appears to crumble. Immersive light installations and projections abound throughout with many being interactive through human touch.

Vivid LIVE, an incredible music program of local and international artists and curated this year by Stephen Pavlovic of Modular, is an integral component of this festival of light, music and ideas.

The launch party for Vivid Sydney 2011 was yet another innovative creation from special events guru David Grant. Shopkeepers all over Sydney must have been wondering where all the milk crates had vanished to as David had corralled 6,000 of them as the partitioning components of the enormous ground level space of the Overseas Passenger Terminal. Interspersed amongst the ‘rooms’ were cosy fireside nooks, dance floors, suspended seating spots and bar areas. Very ‘crative’ David.

Vivid Sydney for 2011 is an event to be explored by all – you won’t believe what you will see and experience.

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