By Libby Gandhi
Vivid, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, announced its 2018 lineup this morning.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary from 25th May – 16th June, the festival continues to expand in scope and ambition.
James Cameron and Dare Jennings headline VIVID IDEAS.
On 27th May, Cameron (the highest grossing filmmaker of all-time, and director of Titanic, Avatar, Terminator) will be in discussion with Adam Spencer about his efforts to bridge science and art, his passion for marine conversation, and reflecting on his career.
In June, Dare Jennings (Australian global success story and founder of Phantom Records and Deus ex Machina) is set to discuss branding, lifestyle and the joys of throwing out the rule book.
Games developers Jane McGonigal and Kriti Sharma discuss gaming technology on 3rd June. Probing what kind of society we can create with technology, they will examine how Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality have the power transform our real world lives.
VIVID LIGHT will take place in locations across the city.
‘Virtual Vibration’, a psychedelic installation by Australian artist Jonny Niesche and composer Mark Pritchard, will transform the façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia each night of the festival.
‘Metamathemagical’ will be screened across the prestigious Opera House sails, exploring metaphysical themes using imagery inspired by the Australian environment. “I really wanted to take a big picture view of both what Vivid is about, but more importantly, how I feel about Australia as this kind of elemental, timeless place that is also completely new and full of energy” said artist Jonathan Zawada, reflecting on the piece.
In celebration of their 100 year anniversary, May Gibbs’ iconic characters, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, will come to life for a whimsical Bush adventure across the face of the Customs House, while the Royal Botanical Gardens host an immersive nocturnal environment inspired by nature.
VIVID MUSIC is headlined in 2018 by American rap icon Ice Cube and Grammy award-wining artists Solange and St. Vincent. Performances will be hosted at the Opera House and Redfern’s Carriageworks.
Other unmissable events include Heaps Gay’s inaugural ‘Qween’s Ball’ on 9th June, and the ‘Curve Ball’ at Carriageworks.
Luna Park has been announced as a new precinct for 2018, with the Coney Island façade illuminated alongside installations on the Ferris Wheel.
Other popular precincts including Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbor, Chatswoood and Kings Cross also return for 2018.
The event is among the largest on Sydney’s calendar. Last year, a record 2.33 million visitors attended the Vivid festival, contributing over $143 million to the NSW economy. This spend was up 30% on 2016. Visitor number and revenue are expected to rise again for 2018.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall commented, “Vivid Sydney has delighted and inspired people from around Australia and the world. With the Festival now in its 10th year, visitors and locals alike can once again expect to be mesmerized by the Vivid Sydney program, with larger installations and a gripping Music and Ideas offering, so I encourage visitors to start planning their trip early to get the most out of this year’s exciting line-up.’
Find out more about Vivid 2018 here.