Week 2 Highlights: Imagination, inspiration and toe-tapping temptation

This is an image of the For Sydney with Love installation at the Vivid Sydney festival
This is an image of the For Sydney with Love installation at the Vivid Sydney festival

Excitement is electrifying as Vivid Sydney heads into its second week and dials up to fever-pitch for the Queen’s Birthday loooong weekend. Get amongst the action with these tips and highlights from Festival Director Gill Minervini and the Ideas and Music Curators.  

Monday and Tuesday are great evenings to ‘trip the light fantastic’ along the world famous Light Walk. Start at For Sydney with Love by Australia’s master of colour – Ken Done. For Gill Minervini, “it’s a dream come true to have Ken Done involved in Vivid Sydney. I had one of his T-shirts from when I was a teenager. Who’d have thought – years later – we’d have his incredible paintings animated across the façade of Customs House. Vivid Sydney is that kind of event!”. 

Saunter or skip along The Goods Line to UTS for Truth-Telling and Documentary on Monday night or Fashion’s Flash: Back to the Future on Tuesday night. On the way, be wowed by the light works as well as huge filmic projections We Dream the City and Marilyn Minter’s Smash!. Appreciate architecture in a whole new light when you see Sinclair Park’s jewel bright windows totally transform Frank Gehry’s UTS School of Business for Vivid Sydney.  

On Wednesday 8 June, counteract that mid-week slump with Audible Live: Stories Made to Be Heard at UTS that brings together the talents of writer and filmmaker Laura Nagy, TV personality Melissa Doyle, Masterchef winner Adam Liaw, journalist Marc Fennell.   

Rejoice at The Gospel According to Marcia on Saturday 11 June. In this World Premiere, the incomparable Marcia Hines is joined by a live band and 12-voice gospel choir whose soul-searing songs fill the vaulted spaces of St Stephen’s Uniting Church.  

Strike a pose(!) at The Powerhouse Museum when West Ball’s Father Xander Silky and Jamaica Moana bring together a celebration of Ballroom culture as part of the FREE series of provocative Powerhouse Late X Vivid Ideas events.  

Other Thursday must-sees include musician, visual artist and designer Annie Hamilton at National Art School and Andy Golledge + Caitlin Harnett and The Pony Boys FREE on the Tumbalong Nights stage at Darling Quarter.    

Friday, it’s officially the long weekend! Get the good times rolling when Tomboy pop-tronic artist Handsome presents BLAME at National Art School, Japanese all-girl rock band Chai let the fun bubble over at Carriageworks, Donny Benét + Clews amp up the Tumbalong Nights stage (FREE), and soulstress Ursula Yovich and special guests entice you to stay up late at Vivid Sydney Supper Club.  

Saturday, see four singers at the arrow point of Sydney’s RnB and soul scene – Ngaiire + Maina Doe + Becca Hatch + Ms Thandi – command the Tumbalong Nights stage after Matt Okine and Kristy Lee Peters’ colourful music collaboration Diver City for Vivid Kids. All FREE.  

Parties don’t come any bigger than Ministry of Sound’s Testament at Campbells Stores or more bedazzling than Heaps Gay Qween’s Ball, which returns with a carnival of unearthly delights – this time at Luna Park.  

For a more soul-searching weekend, opt for The Art of Deep Looking that encourages slowing down and creative mindfulness amongst art, architecture and nature. Then, on Sunday 12 June, join Emmy-award-winning VR filmmaker and artist Lynette Wallworth and leading palliative care experts Dr Justin Dwyer and Dr Chris Kerr to consider how we can improve end-of-life quality in Dying Well.  

Sunday evening, Indigenous composer DOBBY shares his WARRANGU River Story at the Art Gallery of NSW, and nearby, Happenings electronic | classical | ambient social takes over the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s The Calyx.  

What a week!  

Take a breath, and get ready to repeat for Vivid Sydney’s third and final week. 

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

For Sydney With Love

Ken Done and Sydney. A love story spanning 80 years. He is the city’s great chronicler, and she has been his most enduring muse. In this creative relationship...

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Truth-Telling & Documentary

It's time for truth-telling. First Nations voices have been excluded from our national dialogue for too long. Understanding the soul of our nation means...

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

We Dream the City

Enter a collective dreamscape of city-making. Filmic encounters with the city’s past are woven into one of Sydney’s most iconic corridors, The...

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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:

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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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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Dying Well with Lynette Wallworth

Emmy award-winning VR filmmaker and artist Lynette Wallworth has a deep interest in end-of-life rituals and how cultural differences reflect our understanding...

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WARRANGU; River Story by DOBBY

In WARRANGU, music written and composed by DOBBY fills the Entrance Court of the Art Gallery of New South Wales with powerful orchestral sounds and energetic...

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