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Our Picks For Vivid Sydney 2015

By Alexandra Hampton
10th May 2015

Image credit: Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney is now in its seventh year and it’s looking to be bigger and better than ever! With music, lights, and tonnes of ideas, this 18 day festival draws crowds from around Sydney and the world. We share with you our picks for Vivid Sydney 2015

We can’t wait! 


Lighting The Sails

Vivid Sydney’s so-called poster boy is the projected artwork on the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Design collective Universal Everything are in charge of the installation this year, and with a resume that includes the London 2012 Olympics, we’re sure this year’s colourful display will definitely be worth an Instagram.


The Rocks is about to get a whole lot more exciting with Beat—a collection of “large translucent shapes that emit an intense pulsating light display when touched, timed to the rhythm of the human heart.” This fun and intriguing display promises to bring out your inner child (and we love that). The smarty-pants guys behind it, Arup Singapore, use this piece to show how simple lighting techniques like Beat’s sensors can impact our energy consumption.

Vivid Light Walk

Vivid literally lights up Circular Quay in every way possible, so plan a fun night time adventure through each of the installations at Vivid Light Walk. Start at the Opera House and make your way around to the “heart” of the city and then head to The Rocks and First Fleet Park. Each pit stop is up and running from 6pm till midnight, so take your time and enjoy one of Sydney’s most colourful annual events. 

Jellyfish Chandeliers

Chatswood is about to turn into an underwater wonderland, courtesy of Vivid Sydney. Step off the train and wander along Chatswood Mall into the Concourse while you admire the jellyfish chandeliers, pulsating colours and bedtime story screens projected across buildings. This is the first time Vivid Sydney will come to Chatswood, so head along—it’s the perfect excuse for some Thursday night shopping or dinner at any one of the fantastic places nearby. Did someone say Tim Ho Wan


Daniel Johns at Sydney Opera House

Silverchair superstar Daniel Johns is premiering the launch of his first solo album in serious style – at none other than the Sydney Opera House. We certainly are keen to experience his new single ‘Aerial Love’ live with some impressive light displays to admire too. Tickets start at $59. 

Grace Jones at Carriageworks

Carriageworks will literally be Graced late May. Making her first performance since 2011, the legendary Grace Jones is set to take to the stage as a part of this year’s Modulations program. Expect anything from pop, punk and disco and in true Grace Jones style, at least three costume changes! 

Meanwhile with Wordlife at The Spice Cellar

Spice Cellar’s new home in Erskineville is set to welcome Meanwhile featuring Wordlife – and one thing’s for sure, the inner west is about to get a whole lot more bangin’. With a set list that features techno, house, rap, R&B, fun rave music and much more, this is a definite highlight on the Vivid Sydney hit list. 

Freda’s World Tour: Japan

Are you turning Japanese? We really think so, because Freda’s World Tour’s first pitstop is none other than the land of sushi and ramen. So jump aboard and leave blustery and cold Sydney behind for some Japanese inspired cocktails and a music line up of Rainbow Chan (Austral People) and Ryan Powderly (Retiree) and Corin Ileto (YOKE) for a night all about honouring the 80s electronic music pioneers, Yellow Magic Orchestra. Get in quick, entry is free and this train will surely be boarding fast.  


Game On

The internet world has something for everyone, so whether you’re into online gaming, social media, YouTube, creating or developing – Game On is for you. Featuring a great lineup of familiar YouTube, gaming and creator celebrities and three days of workshops, panels, guest speakers, concerts and competitions, it’s a great place to get networking or just admire the crazy powers of the Internet. 

Robowars Sydney

Bringing the phenomenon to Sydney is none other than Vivid Sydney’s Robowars. For the past decade, Robowars tournaments have become insanely popular, as builders around Australia create robots from metal, power tools and remote control toy parts to make the ultimate fighting machines—it’s like Fight Club meets extreme Lego. Set over two days, make sure you check it out. 

The Gin Revival

Fun fact: gin consumption has risen over 50% in Australia over the past five years—that’s a whole lot of new fans. To celebrate and marvel at this contemporary reimagining of ‘nana’s favourite drink’, Vivid Sydney is holding a presentation by brand expert Damian Borchok about the so-called gin revival. Not only for gin aficionados (although tastings of gin are included in the ticket price), this night is all about how different industries can be revitalised and reinvigorated successfully, just like gin has. 


Vivid Sydney’s week long Semi Permanent event is a celebration of all things design. That means graphic design, film, art, photography and animation are all part of this big, happy and super creative family that will be discussed in talks, installations and exhibitions at Carriageworks. Get in quick, this overwhelmingly popular event is sure to be inspiring for those artistic busy bees out there. 

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