Vivid is entering a new decade with a seriously punchy line-up for 2019.
Hike up your expectations and take a deep breath, because there’s a lot to see, hear and get around. From a pretty explosive live music line up, to Oscar-winning directors divulging their creative mindset and Pixar lending their vision to some light art in The Rocks, Vivid’s really powering into the stratosphere this year.
The line-up has dropped across its music, light art and talks program—here’s a bit of everything we’re keen for.
Iconic genre-bender FKA Twigs and electronic sensation RÜFÜS DU SOL will be headlining this year’s Carriageworks program, and the warehouse bash otherwise known as Curveball is due to return with performances from Mallrat, Hayden James and Touch Sensitive. More on that here.
The City Recital Hall will host legendary Aussie singer-songwriter and gravy recipe writer, Paul Kelly for a performance of 13 new songs all about birds.
Legendary British rockers The Cure are set to bring back their sweet post-punk, new wave sounds to Sydney’s most famous stage for Vivid too—playing their epic 1989 album Disintegration in full, to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Word on the street is they’ve just finished recording their first album in 10 years, so fingers crossed you'll hear some new tunes, as well as Pictures Of You, ring through the sails of the Opera House.
Electronic icons Underworld will turn the Opera House’s Concert Hall into a pumping, writhing dance floor of euphoria. Bring on that echoey, melodic crescendo that is Born Slippy.
Smaller local venues are jumping in on the live music spectacle that is Vivid LIVE too. Emerging and grassroots acts like he Catholics, Set Mo, Carlotta and I Know Leopard will appear across 23 inner-city venues, including a church, brewery and a hair salon. The SXSW vibes are real.
Vivid's Art After Hours program at the Art Gallery of NSW will feature the JZ Lunar Capsule. They'll perform the Astronaut’s Playlist—not scores from Hans Zimmer's heartwrenching soundtrack for Interstellar, but equally as cool. The award-winning jazz group will conjure the vacuum of space, celebrating Apollo 11 and Buzz Aldrin playing Fly Me To The Moon during the1969 lunar landing.
In an epic first, the Academy award-winning Disney’s Pixar Studios will light up the Argyle Cut at The Rocks with a visual feast of behind-the-scenes artwork and evolution of iconic animation. You’ll be walking through a BTS of your favourite Pixar works, featuring characters (read: heroes) like Woody and Buzz.
On the Opera House’s iconic sails this year Chinese-American artist Andrew Huang will present the Austral Flora Ballet, showcasing our most beautiful native plants through a dancer’s movements. Also, Vivid’s wonderful inclusive playground Tumbalong Lights is back with an enchanting outer space theme.
The Museum of Contemporary Art will be emblazoned with designs from Australian-Columbian artist Claudia Nicholson, and Customs House will feature underwater scenes from the Harbour.
Fan favourites Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour and Barangaroo’s interactive light installations will be something to behold, and Luna Park’s iconic Ferris wheel will be set ablaze with LED lights for the second year running.
The game changers taking centre stage at Vivid Ideas this year are real leaders and visionaries, tackling all manner of topics from sex, to race, relationships and the dark corners and deep impact of the internet. Our hands-down top pick? Hollywood trailblazer Spike Lee is set to let us into his world of story-craft and his process for making movies that matter.
Psychotherapist and host of the wildly popular podcast Where Should We Begin? Esther Perel will investigate modern love in the digital age, looking at how our relationships are affected by technology. For a series titled The New Horizons, Eileen Ormsby takes us on a journey through the darkest of the dark web, and Future of Sex creator Bryony Cole charts the wild frontiers of sex tech.
You can check out the full Vivid Sydney 2019 program here.
What: Vivid Sydney
When: Friday 24 May— Saturday 16 June
Where: Various locations throughout Sydney
Don't miss out on Chin Chin's wacky immersive art dinner.
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