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[highlight1]  Vivid Sydney festival 2013  [/highlight1]

Transforms the Harbour City with Light, Music and Ideas

The lighting of the Sydney Opera House sails heralded the start of Vivid Sydney 2013, the annual festival of light, music and ideas, making the city a canvas of creativity, from 6pm to midnight every night, 24 May – 10 June.

  • Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring many of the world’s most important creative industry forums, a mesmerising free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures, a cutting edge contemporary music program and the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.

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Owned and managed by Destination NSW on behalf of the NSW Government, Vivid Sydney is the city’s biggest winter festival, with free and ticketed events including the event’s longest light walk, running for 18 days across Circular Quay, The Rocks, Walsh Bay, Darling Harbour, North Sydney and the Inner West.

From families looking for an entertaining night out and city locals and visitors wanting a new way to explore the city after dark, to music lovers and those with a passion for extending their creative minds through discussion and collaboration, Vivid Sydney has something for everyone.

A free mobile app will help visitors plan their trip, as well as the free Vivid Sydney Harbour Shuttle, operating between Kirribilli, Walsh Bay and Darling Harbour from 6pm-midnight every night.

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Highlights of Vivid Sydney 2013 include:

  • Vivid Aquatique and Darling Harbour –Vivid Aquatique is a dazzling water theatre show with fountains, pyramids and projections amazing audiences on the hour, every hour, spectacularly choreographed to music. The Australian National Maritime Museum, Pyrmont Bridge and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia Headquarters will also feature light displays.
  • Colour the Bridge – Visitors are invited to light the Sydney Harbour Bridge from an interactive touchscreen at Luna Park in a collaboration between Intel Australia and 32 Hundred Lighting, and the bustling night markets at Bradfield Park every Friday and Saturday evening will ensure that North Sydney has plenty on offer.

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  • Lighting the Sails – The world famous lighting of the Sydney Opera House sails have this year been designed by Australian creative innovators The Spinifex Group, who will transport audiences through a playfully projected journey celebrating Vivid Sydney in an immersive new way.
  • Vivid Light – More than 60 interactive and immersive light sculptures and installations across Circular Quay, The Rocks, Walsh Bay, Darling Harbour and North Sydney. City skyscrapers will light up along with 3D mapped projections on Customs House, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and Cadman’s Cottage.
  • Vivid Ideas – With over 120 creative industry and public events exploring fashion, design, theatre, film, photography, publishing, gaming, animation, music, technology, lighting, architecture, education and even gastronomy, Vivid Ideas will connect Australia’s creative thinkers with global leaders and industry talents.

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  • The Vivid Ideas Exchange – Back again at the Museum of Contemporary Art, it features talks by renowned comedic visual artist and cult icon David Shrigley (UK) and Lucky Peach editor Chris Ying (USA), as well as two signature programs, 10 Commandments of Creative Practice and The Making Of…
  • Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House – Featuring over 25 events, this year’s line up includes the world premiere of Australian outfit, Empire of the Sun’s much-anticipated second album Ice On The Dune, and several Sydney exclusive performances by international and local artists including German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk and r’n’b soul legend Bobby Womack.
  • Vivid Music takes the baton from Vivid LIVE for the final week of Vivid Sydney, with Terminal Projekt at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Illuminati at the Argyle in The Rocks, Vivid at Seymour’s two-day program of arts-based experimental and improvised music at The Seymour Centre, and a program of sound art performances at ISEA2013 at Carriageworks
  • Event collaborations with Australian International Design Festival, The Digital Playground by IDEA Australia, International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) 2013, Semi-Permanent, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Reportage Photography Festival, SPARC International Lighting Event, Sydney Film Festival, X|Media|Lab, Mumbrella360, AMPlify, Head On Photography Festival and CeBIT Australia.

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NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner officially opened the fifth annual Vivid Sydney festival (May 24 – June 10) by lighting the sails of the Sydney Opera House to unveil a stunning visual feast of colour, movement and world-class lighting artistry, with amazing 3D-mapped light projections by Australian creative innovators, The Spinifex Group. Launching a greatly expanded Vivid Sydney this year, including lighting the Sydney Harbour Bridge and transforming Darling Harbour into a spectacular water theatre, Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said the festival, which is owned and managed by Destination NSW, the State’s major events and tourism agency, reinforced Sydney’s position as Australia’s global city and the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific.

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  • “After a few short years Vivid Sydney is now the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, and a globally renowned celebration of creativity and innovation,” Mr Stoner said.
  • “2013 will be the biggest and boldest Vivid Sydney yet, showcasing the city like it’s never been seen before to visitors not only from Sydney and NSW, but interstate and overseas, and promoting the world-class creative industries of NSW.

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Vivid Light Shines Bigger and Brighter:

“The Vivid Light footprint has tripled in size and for the first time Sydney’s famous Harbour Bridge will come alive with a spectacular installation created through a collaboration between Vivid partner Intel Australia and Sydney’s 32 Hundred Lighting, with support from North Sydney Council, in a world-first interactive programmable lighting installation on the bridge’s western face, controlled by the public from a touch screen located on the Luna Park boardwalk.

“With the Sydney Harbour Bridge installation visible from Balmain, North Sydney and a multitude of harbourside vantage points on the western side of the bridge, Vivid Light illuminates more parts of the city and is accessible to more people than ever before.

“In another first, Vivid Light has extended into Darling Harbour, transforming the area into a spectacle of dancing water fountains, water screen projection performances and dazzling light and water shows, never seen before in Australia, masterminded by France’s legendary Aquatique Show International. Water shows will play on the hour, every hour from 6pm each night of Vivid Sydney, with fireworks joining the choreographed performances each Saturday.

“Crowd favourites Customs House, Circular Quay, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, The Rocks and Walsh Bay will again become a canvas for the public to enjoy wonderful light projections and installations that will appeal to all ages.”

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Vivid LIVE and Vivid Music – Loud and clear with a spectrum of world class talent:

Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House tonight opens with performances by r’n’b soul legend Bobby Womack, as well as electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk, who began the first of a four-night presentation of their acclaimed retrospective series that also sold out at MoMA in New York and TATE Modern in London.

With more than 25 music events by leading international and national artists, highlights include the world premiere of Australia’s Empire of the Sun’s much-anticipated second album Ice On The Dune, Underworld’s electronic king Karl Hyde, and the 45-piece Heritage Orchestra performing Vangelis’ original Blade Runner score.

For the first time, an additional music program Vivid Music will be staged in the last week of the festival, focusing on electronic, experimental, improvised music, including the Terminal Projekt at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Vivid Sydney at Seymour’s New Wave: Sound, and special programs for ISEA2013 and the Argyle.

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Lighting the Sails By The Spinifex Group

The 2013 Opera House Sails projection, spearheading this years Vivid light festival, will be appropriately titled “PLAY”.

The 15 minute show begins with a Play button, that launches into a restless journey through various style and genre’s as it moves seamlessly from one scene to the next, exploring a distinctive mix of iconic and striking scenes, blended with vibrant and graceful movement. This energetic, daring, and delightful play between art and architecture will hopefully touch the hearts of Sydney Siders and reflect what Vivid is all about.

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The projection creators, Australia’s own Spinifex Group, intended the piece to move beyond just art, and become a head turning show. In order to title the piece “PLAY” the focus was on entertaining first. “We’d love to earn the respect of the audience and give Vivid a story to tell. Our evolving journey approach will hopefully evoke the audience’s thoughts and opinions. Perhaps they will have a favourite section, perhaps Sydney will have a favourite section? We look forward to the public reaction” Richard Lindsay, Creative Director at the Spinifex Group “Sydney has a diverse and vibrant creative culture, but it’s important to see the lighter side of life – that’s why we love Sydney. This is a fun piece, and the Spinifex team had a lot of fun creating it”.

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  • With a record number of applications to be part of Vivid Light, one-third of all light installations are from overseas artists, demonstrating the unique platform Vivid Sydney offers to engage with the best of the global creative economy and foster international business opportunities.
  • “Vivid Sydney is where technology, commerce and art intersect—delivering real business outcomes. With 37 per cent of Australia’s creative industries located in NSW, supporting creative industries through events like Vivid Sydney is key to the NSW Government’s strategy to grow the NSW economy,” Mr Stoner said.
  • “In 2012 Vivid Sydney attracted more than 500,000 spectators and we anticipate numbers will reach well over 550,000 in 2013, injecting around $10 million in new money into the NSW economy.”

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[highlight1]  Data  [/highlight1]

Name: Vivid Sydney festival 2013
Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Type: Art Exhibition, Light Art
Exhibition Date: 24 May – 10 June, 2013
Dimensions: Varies
Theme Colour: vivid colours
Year: 2013
Technique: Transforms Sydney the Harbour City with Light, Music and Ideas
Visit Vivid Sydney festival’s website: here

[highlight1]  The people  [/highlight1]

Lighting the Sails Artist: The Spinifex Group – 378 Abercrombie Street, Darlington New South Wales 2008, Australia
Lighting the Sails Team:

  • Creative director: Richard Lindsay
  • Art Direction: Jonny Old, Jamie Tufrey, Will Skinner and Matt Lock MOTION GRAPHICS TEAM: Jamie Tufrey, Will Skinner, Matt Lock, Dan Harkness, Chris Zwar, Joe Webber
  • 3D Team: Pepin Portingale, Nick Hunter and Nathan Rule COMPOSITORS: Dan Harkness and Jamie Tufrey
  • Technical Team: Alan Puah and Lang Walker MUSIC COMPOSITION: Kyls Burtland and Josh Wermut (Heavenly Antennas)
  • Executive producer: Nik Goldsworthy

Text Description: © Courtesy of New South Wales government, The Spinifex Group
Images: © Vivid Sydney festival

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