Vivid Sydney: What’s On Around Central Station?

This is an image of the Vivid Reflections installation at Vivid Sydney
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With so much on at Vivid Sydney, it can be worth slicing it and dicing it so you can see and do more over multiple nights.  

Here’s a snapshot of the Ideas, Music and Lights in and around Central Station from Festival Director Gill Minervini and the Festival Curators.   

Vivid Ideas Exchange in UTS’ Great Hall is your destination for brain bending talks, forward thinking panels and all manner of mind stimulation. Mark out your calendar with Northern Voices: Asian Short Film Festival (2 June), The Future of Drugs with Professor Iain McGregor, Dr Sam Banister and journo-author Jenny Valentish, Tech Central innovation hub (9 June), Mavericks of Stage and Screen with Sarah Lambert, Leah Purcell, and other top talents (10 June), Sydney in Space with The Space Research Network (16 June), For the Love of Waste with inventor extraordinaire Dr Veena Sahajwalla (18 June) and a host of other keynotes, discussions, and industry conferences. 

Nearby, the Powerhouse Museum gives free rein to creative expression with Fashion’s Beautiful Freak in the Machine (2 June), Ballroom & the West Ball (9 June), and Queer Sydney (16 June) for the FREE series of Powerhouse Late X Vivid Ideas evenings.  

Further south, Carriageworks’ line up erupts with local and international talent from raucous Estonian rapper Tomm¥ €a$h (3 June) to our own Mystics featuring Jono Ma, Jonti and Babekühl (5 June) and from Japanese girls-rock outfit Chai (10 June) to America’s queer icon Perfume Genius (11 June) to name a few. 

On your way to and from, you’ll discover light artistry that ranges from playful to thought-provoking and awe-inspiring. Be dazzled by Marilyn Minter’s sardonic Smash! that shatters illusions of glamour, enter another dimension with Convergence, muse on our Indigenous past and shared future in Shard, play scene-spotting amongst A Mirrored City, be entranced by Tomorrow’s Blossoming, appreciate architecture in a different light with Frankly, My Dear illuminating the windows of Frank Gehry’s UTS Business School in jewel-bright hues, and see yourself in Vivid Reflections beamed on Central Station’s Clock Tower.   

If you’re exploring Vivid Sydney on Saturday nights, shimmy through to the Grand Concourse for Vivid Music at Central Station where a diverse series of FREE contemporary live music acts amp up the festival buzz on your way to or from all the lights and events. Catch Bluegrass darlings The Morrisons (4 June), Balkan brouhaha Lolo Lovina (11 June) and the joyous Cope St Band (18 June). 

See you in the mix! Remember to share all your #vividsydney reflections and connections on our socials. 

For more fabulous Vivid Sydney festival tips and itineraries, visit our blog.

The Future of Drugs

Psychoactive drugs for better health? Fact or furphy? Are you curious about the explosion of interest in psychedelics? How do you navigate the latest...

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Location: Vivid Ideas Exchange - UTS, The Great Hall Price:

Mavericks of Stage & Screen

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) presents MAVERICKS OF STAGE & SCREEN, a truly unique Vivid Sydney event showcasing...

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Sydney in Space

It’s been over 40 years since the Apollo mission landed a man on the moon. As dramatised in the iconic Australian film The Dish, the Parkes Observatory...

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Tomm¥ €a$h

Off the back of a massive world tour, Estonian rapper and visual artist Tommy Cash performs his raucous and provocative live show at Carriageworks as part...

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Chai

Japanese, all-female, rock band Chai burst into Sydney with their exuberant and joyful live set. Redefining the definition of cuteness, Mana, Kana, Yuna...

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Perfume Genius

A queer icon of American indie music, Perfume Genius brings his national tour and spectacular live band to Carriageworks. Dubbed "one of alternative music’s...

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Smash

Daring… Beguiling… Unrelenting… Our gaze is captivated by a dancer’s feet. Tightly strapped in bejewelled stilettos, they stomp and splash in puddles...

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Location: Central Station and The Goods Line Price:

Convergence

Please note queues may be closed to patrons from 10:45pm to manage the final viewing of the evening. Tunnels are portals to other worlds. We venture...

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SHARD

Language connects us. This vital form of communication allows us to share our ideas, thoughts, and feelings with others. It has the power to inspire, to...

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A Mirrored City

Discover a city within the city, where shimmering surfaces beckon. Weave your way through a series of building-like forms covered in dichroic film. As...

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Tomorrow's Blossoming

Like a meadow in bloom, this mass installation of light flowers is comprised of beautifully intricate blossoms designed with the input of hundreds of Sydney...

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Frankly, My Dear...

See Frank Gehry’s design for the UTS School of Business in a whole new light. Brave architecture enriches great cities and, here, designer Sinclair Park...

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Vivid Reflections

Come on a magical, experiential journey through the culture and icons of our beloved city. Set in the western forecourt of Central Station, this interactive...

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