Go out – with a BANG! – for Vivid Sydney’s third and final week
Vivid Sydney puts the ‘soul of our city’ in the spotlight and shows off all her gloriously diverse and colourful facets.
Here are 14 absolute stand-outs.
Sydney Infinity is a water show on steroids in Darling Harbour! An outrageous array of 48 compressed-air water cannons – that blast water straight up into the air – delivering the largest liquid and light show in Australia and the festival’s history. Two choreographed sequences are presented on rotation each evening – Pop Sydney and Classic Sydney – to soundtracks by Sydney’s own Peewee Ferris.
Close by in Darling Quarter, take a sensory journey into Vivid House where musicians team up with digital artists to create spaces that morph with ever-changing sonic paintings. Move into Floating World; play with perceptions in Progressum; and wonder if we can re-energise Sydney’s night life in Temple of Joy.
Bump in the Night celebrates Sydney’s night life of a different kind. Artist James Dive is renowned for his public art here and internationally. This fun, interactive and funny installation looks at our close encounters with nature – after dark.
Be inspired by the Soul of the City on Wednesday night when three of Sydney's leading cultural connectors – Stephen Page, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran and Sara Mansour – discuss community, creativity and identity in a free talk at the Australian Museum. Stick around after the talk for live performances by Bankstown Poetry Slam.
On Thursday 16 June, if you’re thinking about Modern Love, sex in the city – or not getting enough sex in the city – this is the talk for you. Rob Brooks, Jennifer Pinkerton and Jessie Tu are your guides into this ‘heart-land’ at the Australian Museum.
Over at the Powerhouse Museum, explore the city’s LGBTQIA+ history in Queer Sydney as part of the FREE series of Powerhouse Late X Vivid Ideas events. Expect drag fashion parades, an incredible collection of photos and footage, talks and activations that reveal what makes Sydney a queer Mecca. Get a dose of Aunty Jonny’s ‘Disco Conversion Therapy’ and be bathed in Paul Capsis’ queer sound healing experience.
While you’re there, see Esem Projects’ huge projection We Dream the City that truly contemporises Sydney’s history in the place it was made. Then dance along to The Goods Line DJs. The line-up of emerging and firmly established talent celebrates the diversity and quality of the city’s DJ culture over the last three decades.
On Saturday, the Australian National Maritime Museum comes alive with Our Place – stories of migration, food and community featuring First Nations Elders and artists, the Cook Islands Choir, poetry from Mahdi and Jawad from PYT Fairfield, and more.
Vivid Sydney also sprinkles star dust across the city with over 100 live music acts performing during the festival and more than 30 taking to the stage in our final week.
Over three nights from Wednesday 15 to Friday 17 June, German composer and sonic alchemist Nils Frahm performs his breathtakingly beautiful neo-classical, ambient electronica at Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House.
On Thursday 16 June, UK space rock icons Spiritualized make their welcome return to Vivid Sydney, with an Australian mainland exclusive show and their first Sydney appearance in 10 years at The Big Top, Luna Park, to celebrate the release of their ninth album – Everything Was Beautiful – an epic dose of hypnotic, swirling, psych pop. Meanwhile, over at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour another standout FREE double bill features modern soul, indie electronica and RnB chameleon Milan Ring supported by sultry RnB, soul and hip hop future star Glo.
Friday 17 June sees New York artist and gamechanger Cakes Da Killa bring his lightning fast raps and high energy club beats to Oxford Art Factory.
And to round out Vivid Sydney Supper Club and the festival as a whole, Sydney’s über diva Trevor Ashley brings his cabaret wow factor to a stacked line up at Mary’s Underground on Saturday 18 June.
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