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Vivid Sydney 2017: Celebrating Light, Music and Ideas

Vivid Sydney is back in 2017 with a mesmerising 23-day festival of light, music and ideas to illuminate the city.  It brings together a fabulous range of family friendly installations which combine a range of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations, a cutting-edge contemporary music program and a celebration of innovation, creativity and community. We’ve brought together some of our favourite precincts with family friendly installations for all to enjoy …


Chatswood

The installations in Chatswood CBD have grown to now include buildings, shopping malls, streets and laneways which will be reinvented as a funky, retro-futuristic smart city inspired by the ‘Steampunk’ design aesthetic of 19th century steam-powered machinery.  VIVID, Chatswood is the perfect location for those seeking to avoid the crowds of the City installations.

Chatswood Interchange  – more than 9000 spheres glow above in Voxelscape, and a pumping steam engine is created with interactive projection in Gear Shift.

Chatswood Mall – a glittering canopy of light in the Mall leads to Crossword, which sends out barrages of hidden light messages.

Hawker Lane an explosion of interactive light greets diners as they enter the Asian street-food hot spot in Westfield Chatswood;.

Chatswood Chase – Light Bounce encourages visitors to wander by day through a sparkling forest of refractive light.

The Concourse hosts Future City/Smart City, which follows a flight of whimsical dirigibles to an airbourne, sustainable community; on returning to earth visitors peer into the reflective pool to discover the submerged magic of Steampunk Waterworld.

  • Location: The Concourse, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood
  • Dates: 26 May – 17 June
  • Times: 5.30pm – 10.30pm

 

Taronga Zoo

Vivid Sydney’s wildest precinct is back as Taronga Zoo is lit up once again to amaze, delight and wow guests young and old with its incredible giant animal light sculptures. And this year it’s bigger and brighter.
Lights for the Wild will be a fully interactive and immersive event. Become part of the experience and interact with the light sculptures like never before with a state-of-the-art wristband that lets you become a light for the wild.

Meet a cast of captivating creatures – Giant multimedia light sculptures including a magnificent Sumatran Tiger, the vividly coloured Marine Turtle, a swarm of tiny buzzing bees and a giant Port Jackson Shark that will literally swallow you whole —plus a whole cast of other captivating creatures that will sparkle in the night.

  • LocationBradleys Head Road, Mosman
  • Dates: 26 May – 17 June
  • Times: 5.30–7.30pm AND 7.30–9.30pm
  • Tickets:  on sale soon at Taronga.org.au/vivid

Darling Harbour

Enjoy the spectacular Magicians of the Mist, a massive projection shone onto walls of water 60 metres wide and 40 metres high. It combines lasers, fountains, jets of flame, music, fireworks, fireballs, LEDs and searchlights.  This is an event the whole family will be stunned by.

There will also be a giant wave form projected onto the roof of the National Maritime Museum which evokes the sea’s majesty and mystery and delves into how the sea has shaped us and we and our lives.

  • Where: Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour
  • Dates: 26 May – 17 June
  • Times: 6pm – 11pm

 

Barangaroo South

Brand new for 2017, Barangaroo will be presenting an illuminated trail of installations through intimate laneways, past waterfront vistas and into Sydney’s newest foodies’ paradise. This installation takes you on a journey through a mystical universe, where you’ll be immersed in light and sound which recreate the phases of light over the course of a day.

You’ll also be amazed at the optical illusions of Trapdoor where you will need to hang onto your socks as the ground opens up to reveal a mysterious subterranean world, with floor murals of light bringing spectacular changing scenes to life.

  • Where: Barangaroo South (minutes from King Street Wharf and from Wynyard Station)
  • Dates: 26 May – 17 June
  • Times: 6pm – 11pm

 

Wander through the Electric Forest to be met by hige glaring eyeballs scattered agross the grass – and be careful – if you stray too close, they come to life.

Meet the Birds of Lumos whose bodies are made of light globes and the joyous illuminated Sunflowers which bow to you as you pass.

  • Where: The Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Dates: 26 May – 17 June
  • Times: 6pm – 11pm

 

The Rocks is arguably one of the best (and busiest) places to see some of the major projections and interactive installations, including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) and Cadman’s Cottage.

First Fleet Park next to the MCA has some great installations for children and families: Never Ends features a magic horse that you can ride to swing into a fairytale; Human Light Clock turns your shadow into the hand that tells the clock’s time and you can become a composer and dance on piano keys that make the Bridge sparkle.

Take a journey through the historic cobbled streets of the Rocks and you’ll see light sculptures such as Parallax, inspired by the beauty of stalactites clinging to the ceiling of an underground cave. And Portholes which are windows carved from the living rock that reveal imaginary worlds.  Uncovered Worlds takes this concept even further as you walk down a mysterious alleywayto discover an easel with a lonely picture frame you can touch to uncover a whole galaxy of worlds.

  • Where: Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Cadman’s Cottage and Campbell’s Cove.
  • Dates: 26 May – 17 June
  • Times: 6pm – 11pm

Find out more about the Vivid Festival here


 

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