Vivid Sydney is a celebration of light, music and ideas and will be held on May 27. This year, the festival has announced an exciting line-up featuring Björk, New Order, and Bon Iver to headline the Vivid music festival.
According to Pedestrian TV, Deafheaven, New Order, Bon Iver and Esperenza Spalding will be the featured performers of Vivid LIVE. Vivid Sydney 2016 will inaugurate a new virtual reality project called “Björk Digital,” at Carriageworks. This project will also be its world premiere in Sydney, reveals Huffington Post Australia.
According to The Guardian, Björk was happy to debut her virtual reality project in the city. “We have made seven 360-degree videos for Vulnicura and I am enthusiastic about this natural continuity of the music video: the intimacy, total merge of surround sound and vision makes VR an ideal home!” she said.
Destination NSW’s official release also announced an exciting line-up for Vivid Ideas that will feature Spike Jonze, Jenji Kohan, and Beau Willimon along with style blogger Margaret Zhang. This year’s theme, “Game Changers Talk Series,” will feature the icons sharing their experiences in shaping the modern creative landscape.
The Vivid light show, on the other hand, will showcase a projection called “Songlines.” It will be directed by Rhoda Roberts, Head of Indigenous Programming of the Opera House, reveals ABC. “Songlines” will feature six Indigenous artists and their work will illustrate the connection between Indigenous astronomy and the natural world.
Vivid Sydney is bigger this year. The Galleries, Royal Botanic Garden and Taronga Zoo have joined in as new festival precincts, The Galleries being the first indoor set up this year. According to Huffington Post Australia, they will join the others to get lit up with more than 80 light projections spanning from Chatswood to Martin Place in the city.
Sky News states that this year’s experiences will include “A Cathedral of Light” in the gardens while Darling Harbour will witness an exciting “Laser Dragon” water theatre experience and the walk from Circular Quay to Walsh Bay will be lit up by a “Love-O-Metre.”
It is just a little over two months left for Sydney to soak in the eclectic lights of Vivid Sydney 2016. The festival attracted around 1.7 million attendees last year. This year, it has been extended to run for over 23 days from May 27 to June 18.