A kaleidoscope of neon colour will light up Sydney’s buildings and city streets on May 27. Switch on to Vivid, says Renate Ruge.
Vivid is the festival of light; music and ideas that literally sets Sydney alight once a year with its cutting edge line-up of art, music and illuminations. Collaborations among Australian lighting and video artists, as well as musicians will create large-scale light installations dotted around the city, transforming streets with digital trickery.
As part of the event, the Opera House will light up with digitally projected artwork too. The homegrown Aussie event is predicted to take off in other cities around the world in years to come.
The ‘light walk’ returns to The Rocks this year. It will take two hours to experience and meander through the illuminated Opera House, Circular Quay and The Rocks. You can walk the whole route or just drop by to one or two sights on an evening stroll.We caught up with Creative Director, Ignatius Jones (‘Iggy’ to his friends) who hopes to bring art to everyone. His talents lie in adding poignancy, drama and a sense of theatre to public events and have taken him from the Olympic Games in Sydney, to the Asian Games in East Timor, the Canadian Winter Games and back.
“Sydney Opera House is a focal point, with the lighting of the sails and Vivid LIVE – a music festival curated by Steve Pavlovic. This fusion of art and music will spread right across the festival,” says Jones.“The pretty stuff goes all around the ‘golden croissant’ from the Botanical Gardens to Circular Quay and the Rocks. One of the things that make it so magical is that it takes in two of Sydney’s most gorgeous precincts. Rediscovering the beauty of The Rocks all lit up, which for me is probably the most romantic part of Sydney.”
The philosophy behind Vivid is to get creative industries and the local community involved by giving them some artistic opportunities. “The ivory tower is no longer relevant as art that is created by the people, is part of people’s lives. As a nexus of art, texture and technology, we want to show the world what Australian artists do and explain how and why they do it to make sure people can be involved.”
The festival is on from 27 May to 17 June and offers large-scale lighting that attracted more than 300,000 people in 2010. Vivid Sydney is family friendly and there’s no admission charge. Find out more information on the NSW Events Calendar at: events.com.au