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Vivid to be even more vivid in 2017

Vivid, Sydney’s festival of Light, Music and Ideas, being held from 26 May to 17 June, will be even more vivid this year expanding to Chatswood, as well as the CBD, Kings Cross, Darling Harbour, Barangaroo, Carriageworks, Taronga Zoo and bringing the light trail back to the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Vivid  is now in its ninth year and gets bigger each year as technology enables more innovations.

It attracted about 2.31 million visitors in 2016, about 10% being interstate or international.

Destination NSW chief executive and Vivid executive producer Sandra Chipchase claimed it would be a unique experience, "Barangaroo is the city's newest entertainment precinct, so it's only natural that we extend the world class Vivid event to include that area. The light walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens has been extended all the way around Palm Cove with huge coloured insects and birds.”

The program outline is below:

Vivid Sydney 2017 program highlights include: Where What When
Sydney Opera House A series of living and breathing imaginary creatures will come to life on the iconic Sydney Opera House Sails for the Lighting of the Sails. Audio Creatures is the work of acclaimed cinematographer, editor and graphic designer Ash Bolland. Nightly from 6pm – 11pm
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA, sandstone original building) Organic Vibrations is a collaboration between Australian artist, Julia Gorman, and Paris-based creative and artistic collective, Danny Rose. A single, coherent artwork is created from the constant morphing and mutation of a series of images, which flow seamlessly over the façade of the MCA. Nightly from 6pm – 11pm


(New Precinct)

An exciting trail of colour and light where visitors will become part of the artwork with A day in the light, an outdoor theatre of light and sound. Optical illusions reveal the stories of Barangaroo at Trapdoor.

Nightly from

6pm – 11pm

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney The Light Walk returns to the gardens with an expanded journey along the waterfront. Highlights include Birds of Lumos, Dipping Birds, You lookin at me? and what is sure to be a popular photo backdrop Sydneyland. Nightly from 6pm – 11pm
Taronga Zoo Vivid Sydney’s wildest precinct will return with Be The Light for the Wild featuring giant animal light sculptures. This year a cast of new characters and surprises join 2016 favourites, including a swarm of buzzing bees and a giant interactive Port Jackson shark. Nightly from 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Circular Quay and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Dreamscape, a large interactive lighting display, will link precincts from the Sydney Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge into one cohesive canvas of light. Participants take charge of the colours and patterns, enhancing the cityscape before them, through hands-on use of a beautiful 3D interactive model of Sydney’s skyline. Harbour Lights will return to light-up the waterways with illuminated ferries and boats. Eora- Bennelong honours one of Australia’s most celebrated individuals from the days of first contact Woollarawarre Bennelong on the southern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Nightly from 6pm – 11pm
Vivid Light Walk The Vivid Light Walk, stretches along the Harbour foreshore around The Rocks, Circular Quay and through to The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, featuring around 70 installations. Highlights include playful and interactive installation Never Ends, a magic horse you can ride to swing into a fairytale; and Human Light Clock, which turns visitors shadows into the hand that tells the time. Nightly from 6pm – 11pm
Cadman's Cottage MUSIC Box transforms the historic Cadman's Cottage into a dynamic visual environment, in which participants see their own musical compositions translated into unique displays of colour and fantasy. Nightly from 6pm- 11pm


Future City, Smart City

The buildings, shopping malls, streets and laneways of Chatswood CBD will be reinvented as a retro-futuristic smart city with ingenious installations and light sculptures inspired by the ‘Steampunk’ design aesthetic of 19th century steam-powered machinery. Nightly from 5:30pm - 10:
Martin Place Martin Place will again be home to Sydney’s most popular food and beverage purveyors, alongside grand, interactive light installations. Highlights include a new version of the multi-award winning 3D mapping projection Urban Tree 2.0, and Deep Forest an urban jungle for feasting featuring an open flame fire pit with barbecue treats from Porteño and some of NSW’s best fire chefs. Nightly from 6pm – 11pm
Darling Harbour Lasers, fountains, flame jets, music and fireworks will celebrate the power of creativity and innovation through millennia at Darling Harbour with Magicians of the Mist. Nightly from 6pm – 11pm
Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House Part of Vivid Music, Vivid LIVE features influential American folk-rock band Fleet Foxes, French electronic superheroes AIR, British singer/songwriter Laura Marling, and producer and bonafide hitmaker, Australia’s Nick Murphy. 26 May – 17 June
Vivid at Carriageworks The line-up includes an Australian exclusive performance by electronic duo Goldfrapp, large-scale music and art event Curve Ball, and an immersive food and wine showcase at The Night Market.  
Vivid Music More than 250 gigs will take place as part of Vivid Music’s cutting-edge program. A range of programs and venues will offer an ever-expanding array of musical genres from R+B to house, retro revival rock, electronica, queer beats, alt-country, jazz and blues, eclectic and hip hop. 26 May – 17 June
Vivid Ideas

Leading this year’s Vivid Ideas line-up is American contemporary artist, Shepard Fairey. Best known for his HOPE poster, WE THE PEOPLE protest images and his OBEY apparel range, Shepard Fairey’s approach is to question the status quo.

Vivid Ideas will also feature 200 workshops, keynotes, seminars and hands-on activities, plus creative conference sessions at the Vivid Ideas Exchange sessions at the MCA.

26 May – 17 June

iTWire will again cover the event from a technology perspective. Huawei, Ford and American Express are the major vivid partners.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!