Vivid Ideas

Explore the Australian Museum after dark with Nights at the Museum

May 18, 2022

Museum-goers will finally be able to live out their Larry Daley dreams, with the Australian Museum keeping the doors open a little later every Thursday throughout May and June. Not only will you be able to explore the AM’s current exhibitions after dark, but Nights at the Museum will also be offering a stacked roster […]

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The Best of the Fest: 5 must-see events at Vivid Ideas 2018

May 7, 2018

Vivid Sydney is coming to town and this means our city will be adorned with colourful light displays. This festival also comes with a host of wonderful shows, especially those talks and events that fall under the Vivid Ideas banner. The AU Review have put together our top 5 must see Vivid Ideas events. 1. […]

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Vivid Ideas Game Changer Shepard Fairey talks early days of street art, comsumerism and ‘selling out’ as festival comes to a close

June 18, 2017

With a career spanning close to 30 years, Shepard Fairey is a veteran of world street art. In Sydney to talk as part of Vivid Idea’s Game Changers program as well as unveil a new mural work (his largest to date) and exhibition, he spoke of his early days building the now iconic Obey project […]

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Nine things we learned at Vivid Ideas’ Unlocking Your Grey Zone: How Positive Ambiguity Can Help You Thrive In An Uncertain World

June 15, 2017

We often make breakthroughs when we reserve judgement and keep things like fear and prejudice at bay. Yet as humans the notion of embracing ambiguity can be a hard thing to swallow because the only certain things in life are death and taxes. Matt Whale is the founder and managing director of How To Impact, […]

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Ten Things We Learned at Deadlines, Dreams & Goals during Vivid Ideas in Sydney

June 11, 2017

The vast majority of us are not natural born managers. Many managers have had to study, research and gain practical experience in the field before they can earn the title. But what do you do if you’re a creative practitioner, freelancer or sole trader who is in charge of their own career? The idea of […]

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Six rich & varied things we learned at Emotional Intelligence from the Dark Side during Sydney’s Vivid Ideas

June 3, 2017

We consider philosophers, world leaders, writers, artists, musicians and comedians as good sources of wisdom. But we don’t rate pirates, hackers and gang members quite so highly. Author Kyra Maya Phillips disagrees and thinks we should look to social misfits as sources of inspiration as she describes in her book, The Misfit Economy. The Venezuelan writer […]

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Nine things we learned at the Marketing To The Machines Vivid Ideas panel; an interesting & frightening look at the future

May 31, 2017

It doesn’t matter if you’re the biggest technophobe or if you’re a digital whiz kid, there’s no denying that algorithms are becoming a pervasive part of our lives. Companies like Google know more about us than ever, Amazon can predict our shopping purchases and Facebook likes can be used to distinguish your class, race, gender […]

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VIVID Ideas Review: The Rise of the Cat Memes Empire with Buzzfeed’s Jonah Peretti

May 30, 2017

The first fifteen minutes of the live discussion saw Jonah Peretti, CEO of Buzzfeed, probed by Leigh Sales, anchorwoman of ABC’s 7.30, Dr Phil-style. This was Vivid Ideas’ first Game-Changer talk for 2017, and quoting Peretti, following questions on where he was born, what his childhood was like and which teachers supported him the most, […]

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Seventeen things we learned about director Oliver Stone in his Vivid Ideas appearance

May 28, 2017

Helping kick off the first weekend of Vivid Ideas today was one of the biggest names to ever grace the event – iconic director Oliver Stone, who spoke with Margaret Pomeranz in front of a sold out crowd at Sydney’s City Recital Hall as part of the event’s “Game-Changers” series that also includes Shepard Farey […]

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Seven not-to-be-missed events at Vivid Ideas 2017 in Sydney

May 26, 2017

Tonight, Vivid officially kicks off in Sydney with the lighting of the Opera House sails and performances under them – with indie rock stars Fleet Foxes one of the big opening night attractions. Around the city, projections, lights and artworks will give locals and tourists alike the chance to explore Sydney in a new way. […]

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Legendary Scarface Director Oliver Stone added to Vivid Sydney lineup

April 18, 2017

Iconic director Oliver Stone is heading to Australia later this year for an exclusive appearance at Vivid Sydney, as part of the Vivid Ideas Game-Changer Talks Series, as well as at global creative forum Semi Permanent. The prodigious director has written and directed more than 20 full-length feature films over the last four decades, including […]

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Win a double pass to Hidden Sydney – The Glittering Mile at Sydney’s World Bar

April 10, 2017

Back by popular demand, Hidden Sydney – The Glittering Mile will return 25 May – 18 June 2017 as part of Vivid Sydney’s Kings Cross program. Hidden Sydney – an immersive cabaret experience celebrating Kings Cross in the 50s, 60s and 70s at the Nevada-the former Sydney brothel which boasted the biggest bed in the world. […]

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Shepard Fairey leads huge VIVID Ideas program for 2017

March 22, 2017

VIVID Ideas has dropped its program for 2017, hosting over 200 events over 23 days and nights. Leading the charge is and exclusive festival appearance by American artist Shepard Fairey – best known for his Barack Obama HOPE campaign and his OBEY GIANT art project – at the Sydney Town Hall. Along with Fairey’s appearance as part of VIVID […]

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Five things you didn’t know about Orange is the New Black producer and creator Jenji Kohan

June 27, 2016

The scene at Town Hall was set with Vivid’s characteristic neon hues of light. Once the strobes were dimmed, a live singing and dance rendition of “You’ve Got Time” by Regina Spektor, also known as the opening song of Orange is The New Black, kicked the show off. There’s something meta-fictional to be said about […]

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Watch the winners of the CLIPPED Music Video competition from VIVID Ideas 2016

June 16, 2016

As part of this year’s Sydney VIVID Ideas Program, CLIPPED Music Video Competition announced their winners over two buzzing nights over at The Works in Glebe last weekend. The event included a six-category competition and award ceremonies; innovative discussion panels featuring international and local speakers; screenings and crafty exhibition spaces. The panel of judges for the competition […]

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7 Arts Events Not to Miss in Australia This Month (June 2016)

June 3, 2016

Time to take a look at seven of the must-see arts events happening around Australia this month – June 2016. As the winter sets in, there are hidden gems all around Australia to go and see: Il Signor Bruschino A operatic farce of dual identity where a two lovers attempt to deceive their elders in […]

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8 events not to miss at Vivid Ideas

June 1, 2016

Sure Vivid Sydney has been seen as a great celebration of music and light, but many fascinating talks are to take place over the next few weeks of the festival as well. Many topics in this year’s festival have a focus on tackling difficult ideas with creative solutions. With this in mind, we have decided here to […]

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Vivid Ideas 2016: How to Become a Digital Juggernaut like Margaret Zhang

May 31, 2016

She turned 23 years old the day before talking in front of hundreds at Sydney’s Town Hall. It’s undeniable that Margaret Zhang has achieved more in her young years of living than most could say they have in a lifetime. Her recent Vivid Ideas Game Changers segment encompassed brand differentiation in the digital age, told […]

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Win a double pass to the Carnival of the Bold in Sydney

May 29, 2016

As part of the Seymour Centre’s Great Ideas Performance Series and Vivid Ideas, Carnival of the Bold will bring together six incredible artists who are leading the way in creating social change via their work. For one night, the artists will come together for a discussion on the power of arts to facilitate change in […]

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Interview: Jess Scully teases VIVID Ideas 2016 lineup and talks House of Cards and Jenji Kohan

May 23, 2016

This year’s upcoming VIVID is set to be Sydney’s biggest yet. For VIVID Ideas, in particular, it’s hard not to call this year’s lineup their most ambitious effort with over planned 180 events and over 400 unique speakers including the House of Cards writer Beau Willimon and Orange is the New Black showrunner Jenji Kohan.  We caught up with the curator of […]

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Vivid Ideas Festival begins final countdown!

May 18, 2016

Sydney’s annual Vivid Festival will return from the 27th of May to the 18th of June, this year hoping to collect it’s fourth consecutive Best Tourism Event award with an emphasis on light, music and ideas. The festival, probably best known for making Sydney look like Neo-Tokyo by shading our biggest landmarks in patterned lights, […]

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Steve Lambert talks Art Activism, Vivid Ideas and Internet self control.

May 18, 2016

How can one produce social good through art? Steve Lambert is one artist who feels activism should be a primary focus for any work and something that artists should strive for. As a co-founder of the Center for Artistic Activism and and Associate Professor at SUNY Purchase, he provides workshops and continues to make artworks which focuses […]

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Vivid Sydney 2016: From Bjork’s Virtual Reality exhibition to Bon Iver’s world first live show

March 17, 2016

Starting from Friday 27th May, Sydney will once again turn into an illuminated playground of lights, music, and ideas, as Vivid Sydney returns for it’s longest run in the festival’s history. Now five days longer (extended until Saturday 18th June), the world renowned platform will be bringing in cutting-edge, world premiere projects from the likes […]

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