Vivid Ideas Festival begins final countdown!

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, will combine art, technology and commerce and will this year begin with the creative assembly, Vivid Ideas. As the final ten-day countdown has begun, Vivid Ideas has released their full schedule with a planned 180 events and over 400 unique speakers.

Amongst the notary speakers are Spike Jonze, Jenji Kohan, Beau Willimon and Margaret Zhang, who will let ticketholders in on their artistic processes and keys to success in the creative industry as a part of the Game Changer series. Vivid Ideas has reminded Sydneysiders that tickets for these events are selling quickly.

See below for a breakdown of the weekly schedule.

28 May

Screenwriter and producer Beau Willimon created House of Cards, one of the most highly-acclaimed streaming series on screen today. Willimon offers insights into crafting drama, sharing his approach to collaboration, and explaining the business behind producing quality content.

28 May

Margaret Zhang is one of Australia’s most influential new creatives. She has built a global fanbase for her work as a stylist, photographer, and creative director. On stage at Vivid Ideas, Margaret shares the journey of her career to this point, explains her approaches to collaborations and working with brands.

27-29 May

Celebrating cutting-edge design and innovation, the 2016 Good Design Festival showcases the very best of design in Australia. For the first time ever, contenders for the prestigious Good Design Awards will be on display to the general public. See the latest innovations in product design, architectural design, digital design, communication design, service design and breakthroughs in social innovation and business design.

26-28 May

Semi Permanent is a unique, live experience that brings together internationally renowned artists and creative icons to explore the power and future of design. Through a series of talks, panel discussions, exhibitions, workshops, installations and events, Semi Permanent is an opportunity to connect and collaborate. It is a hands-on, immersive experience that opens the doors to new relationships and new ways of thinking.


28 May

Six creative professionals each share a story of failure, joining Failure:Lab’s global mission to eliminate the fear, stigma, and isolation around failure which, in turn, helps remove roadblocks to communication and innovation.


28 May (for kids) + 1 June (for adults)

Creative Thinking and Inventing is a fun, fast paced, activity-based design challenge that will teach the basic principles of design thinking. Facilitators introduce a series of exercises teaching children how to gain empathy, define problems, think creatively and test out potential solutions. By learning the basic principles of design thinking, everyone walks away thinking about how they might address a problem differently next time.

The Vivid Ideas festival will run from Monday the 23rd to Sunday the 29th of May.


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