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Vivid Sydney 2012 lights up the harbor city


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Vivid Sydney, Australia’s most renowned sound and light extravaganza, is back for its fourth year, with a program that will transform the city at night into a colourful canvas of light, music and ideas. As the largest annual festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, Vivid showcases Sydney as the creative industries hub of the Asia Pacific. From huge 3D mapped projections to interactive light art sculptures, giant glowing dandelions, fibre optic sea grass and animatronic dancing lamps, this year’s lighting at Vivid Sydney will once again transform Sydney into a colourful playground of light from 25 May - 11 June.

Vivid Sydney, one of five signature events on the NSW Events Calendar developed by Destination NSW, features a free light show with over 50 interactive and immersive light art sculptures, illuminated skyscrapers and large scale projections around popular areas of the city. It was recently ranked as one of the world’s top ten ideas festivals by the influential Guardian newspaper in the UK.

The festival includes free and ticketed events around Circular Quay, The Rocks, the Museum of

Contemporary Art and Sydney Opera House. The hugely popular Vivid lights will be switched on every night of the festival from 6.00pm to midnight in a free lighting display around The Rocks and Circular Quay, featuring interactive light art sculptures, illuminated skyscrapers and large scale 3D mapping projections on the Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art and Customs House.

‘Lighting the Sails’, a festival highlight, will see cutting edge German lighting artists, URBANSCREEN illuminate the iconic Sydney Opera House in a spectacular display, exploring the sculptural form of the House, as well as its place as a home for music, dance and theatre.

The astounding line-up of local and international artists, includes opening night act – the critically acclaimed English artist Florence + The Machine who will perform with the Ceremonial Orchestra taking over the Concert Hall. The YEAH YEAH YEAHs frontwoman Karen O will present her ‘Psycho Opera’ STOP THE VIRGENS; R&B superstar Janelle Monáe will make her long awaited Australian debut with ‘The ArchAndroid Orchestra’; and New York’s finest creative minds Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and Sufjian Stevens will collaborate on a special commission for Vivid LIVE.

The theatrically lit up canvas of the city will provide the backdrop for the biggest meeting of creative industries coming to Sydney to collaborate, foster business connections and showcase new ideas.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to witness the biggest light & sound festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

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