Vivid Sydney

Five things to do in Sydney over the next few weeks: May & June 2019

May 23, 2019

You’d be mistaken if you thought Sydney was all about the summer months. As soon as winter hits, the city seems to spring to life with some of its greatest yearly events, as well as a whole host of other fun things to do. And the next few weeks will certainly showcase that, with the […]

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Your ultimate food and drink guide to Vivid Sydney 2019

May 23, 2019

One look at the Sydney Opera House and the surrounding Circular Quay during Vivid Sydney is all it needs to fall in love with the festival all over again. Despite the train delays and constant crowds, something about this buzzing and energetic festival of lights, music and ideas captures the imaginations of both visitors and […]

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Live Review: St. Vincent brings Vivid to a close with a stunning solo show incorporating MASSEDUCTION from start to finish

June 18, 2018

The inimitable St. Vincent helped bring the annual Vivid Festival to an end in Sydney last night, with a special one-off solo show that felt as much an art installation as it did a rock concert. Curtains moved and fell, as though the chronological trip through her catalogue was emblematic of how she’s shown us […]

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Vivid Live Review: No Mono captivate Sydney with intimate Opera House show

June 5, 2018

Bathed in blue and green hues, as smoke envelopes the stage the goal of the night is intimacy, intimacy held perhaps at an arm’s length. No Mono the new project by #1 Dads and Big Scary member Tom Iansek and Tom Snowdon of Lowlakes relishes in the private moments, whether they are obscured by the […]

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Vivid Live Review: H.E.R stuns with a perfect performance at Sydney Opera House

June 3, 2018

Shortly after emerging from Soundcloud obscurity within the past year or so, elusive musician H.E.R has surely become one of the most exciting new artists in popular music. Her voice, equal parts silky and slick, is matched by the excellent songwriting that can be found all throughout her self-titled EPs Volume 1 and 2, two […]

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Vivid Live Review: Solange opens Sydney Opera House season with show bursting with bold honesty

June 2, 2018

Solange didn’t know if she’d make it to Sydney for her run of Vivid shows. Standing atop the stairs set up in the middle of the Opera House’s Concert Hall, she walked back and forth while telling the sold out crowd that there was a moment back in October where she seriously thought performing would be a […]

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Vivid Live Review: DREAMS aims high in demonstrating the eclectic partnership between Johns and Steele

May 31, 2018

You know a show is going to be that extra bit extra when you walk into the Opera House and there are not just one, but three harps set up on stage. That said, if you expected any project by Daniel Johns and Luke Steele to side towards minimalist you may have recently had a […]

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Your food and drink guide for Vivid Sydney 2018

May 25, 2018

It’s here! Vivid Sydney has begun for another year, stepping up to its now globally renowned reputation with a massive celebration of light, music and ideas. There’s so much going on from now until the 16th June so we’ve put together a quick food and drink guide to keep handy while you’re out and about. […]

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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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Jonathan Zawada’s Metathemagical work to light up the Opera House during Vivid Sydney

May 3, 2018

Jonathan Zawada will have the sails of the Sydney Opera House when Vivid Sydney comes calling this month, bringing the specially-commissioned piece Metamethemagical to life. The 3D light sculpture will debut at 6pm on May 25th, traversing themes of science, nature and culture. Having already established himself as an artist in demand and is renowned for his […]

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Top 8 Artists to watch out for at Vivid 2018

May 1, 2018

Sydney’s annual lights, music and ideas show is back for another winter, and as Vivid celebrates its 10th year in the making, we delve into some of our top picks for artists to look out for this year. Ice Cube One of the founding fathers of gangsta rap will be performing for four nights only […]

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Singapore Night Festival celebrates 10 years of magic. Here’s to the next decade!

September 11, 2017

Night festivals are a chance for cities to showcase their prowess in a way that glitters.  The Singapore Night Festival (SNF) is always evolving and in its tenth year they pulled out all the stops. For 10 balmy nights young and old were out of the house and hitting the streets in what was a celebration of […]

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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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Happy Birthday, Purple Sneakers: How the PS name has become part of Sydney culture

June 16, 2017

Purple Sneakers have been, over the last eleven years, elevated to royal status when it comes to keeping Sydney’s nightlife pumping…especially now in the face of current adversity. When the collective and music blog celebrated a huge 10 years in the game last year as part of VIVID Sydney, the lines of people eager to get into […]

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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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Live Review: Confidence Man, Tkay Maidza and more stand strong at Curve Ball 2017

June 14, 2017

On Sunday of the Queen’s birthday long weekend, Vivid Sydney took their creative lighting installations to a new level combining with them with some top dance music artists for an ultimate audio visual experience at Curve Ball. After the success of its debut in 2016, the guys from Fuzzy who take care of Field Day, Harbourlife […]

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Ananas introduces new menu just in time for Vivid Sydney

June 5, 2017

It’s grown to be one of the most popular and chaotic events of the year with hoards of tourists flocking to Sydney for the sensory overload that is Vivid Festival. There is more than one way to enjoy Sydney’s lit up surrounds during this event and given the chaos and crowds sometimes it’s nice to […]

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Burger Watch: BL Burgers channel Vivid Sydney for “Got a Light?”

June 5, 2017

Welcome to Burger Watch, where we acknowledge the constant creativity bursting from all sides of the epic burger wave that regularly sweeps Australia. The highest-of-high demand is reserved for this timeless food staple and just about every interpretation of it, whether it to be an over-the-top glutton-fest or a focus on simple burgers done well. […]

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Live Review: Goldfrapp bring metallic shimmer to Carriageworks as part of VIVID Sydney

June 5, 2017

“This gig’s like the difference between metallic and metal. Metallic’s still shiny and impressive, but doesn’t have the strength of actual metal,” was the analogy a friend made as we watched UK electro legend Alison Goldfrapp, clad in a head-to-toe metallic suit, perform as a part of VIVID Music at Carriageworks on Friday night. The […]

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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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Live Review: Air light up the Sydney Opera House with a gleeful set celebrating Twentyears

May 30, 2017

After 20 years, Air have become something of legends – making a space like the Sydney Opera House the natural fit for their suave style of electronica. And now in their first visit in nine years, their last being for the great V Festival (RIP), Air have finally returned to the iconic venue for two exclusive shows as part of Sydney’s […]

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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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Fleet Foxes kick off a four show Opera House residency; open Vivid Live 2017 previewing their long awaited new album Crack-Up

May 26, 2017

As we arrived in the iconic, well coloured sails for the opening night of Vivid, the excitement for the return of Seattle outfit Fleet Foxes, who were helping opening the festival, was palpable. A screen sat at the back of the stage, and a note (presumably) from the band told us they missed us (“welcome to […]

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A massive three day dessert festival is coming to Vivid Sydney

May 22, 2017

As the city prepares for another round of Vivid Sydney some last minute events taking place during the festival are starting to take shape. The latest: a three-day festival of over-the-top and incredibly indulgent desserts like giant marshmallow sandwiches, dessert burgers and deep-fried oreo bites. It’s set to be a dramatic explosion of all things […]

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Your ultimate food and drink guide to Vivid Sydney 2017

May 21, 2017

The always impressive Vivid Sydney will be casting a huge net of creativity over the city as of next week, presenting locals and visitors with yet again one of the most exciting programs in the entire country. Lights, music and ideas are the three pillars around which this program is curated, but there’s always so […]

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Cooking with Fire: Carriageworks’ Vivid Sydney night market announced for June

May 9, 2017

Following the announcement of their Sydney Table series, Vivid Sydney and Carriageworks have unveiled details for The Night Market, their large-scale, one-night-only collaboration which celebrates contemporary food and wine, to the theme of “Cooking with Fire”. As such, fire-loving chef Lennox Hastie (of Firedoor) has joined as the event’s guest curator. The bright minds behind […]

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Vivid Sydney and Carriageworks announce chef line up for “Sydney Table”

May 7, 2017

After a string of sold out nights last year Carriageworks and the forthcoming Vivid Sydney are once again planning to host their series of bespoke dining experiences. Taking place at The Clothing Store across the nights of 14-17 June, Sydney Table will be bringing in some of the state’s leading chefs and pairing their specially […]

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Vivid Review: IGNITE: Symphonic Dance Anthems – VIVID Sydney, City Recital Hall (1 & 2 June 2017)

May 1, 2017

Having made their debut in 2016, IGNITE: Symphonic Dance Anthems returns for two nights only as part of VIVID Sydney. Internationally renowned DJ Dan Murphy joins forces with a full symphony orchestra to present classic tracks which have graced dance floors the world over, such as Sandstorm, Strings of Life and Finally. During the fifteen […]

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