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The Countdown Is On, Here’s What You Need To See At Vivid Sydney 2021

By Sammy Preston
1st May 2021

The Ephemeral installation created for Vivid Sydney 2021.
The VORAX installation created for Vivid Sydney 2021.
The VORAX installation created for Vivid Sydney 2021.
The Point of View mural installation created for Vivid Sydney 2021.
The Ephemeral installation created for Vivid Sydney 2021.
The Ephemeral installation created for Vivid Sydney 2021.
The VORAX installation created for Vivid Sydney 2021.
The VORAX installation created for Vivid Sydney 2021.
The Point of View mural installation created for Vivid Sydney 2021.
The Ephemeral installation created for Vivid Sydney 2021.

Vivid Sydney is easily the biggest, brightest event on Sydney’s cultural calendar—and yes! It’ll be making a bold comeback this year.

While pre-2020, locals might have been experiencing a little Vivid festival fatigue (the crowds, the traffic, the closed roads)—there’s nothing like a country-wide lockdown and a global pandemic to help remind you how good you once had it.

Leaning into this idea, Vivid is returning with gusto and a kaleidoscopic program of insane installations and fresh events designed to spark the imagination of both locals and visitors from all around Australia and New Zealand. And let’s just say, we are here for it—and counting down the days with the luminous “Countdown Clocks” now installed at Wululgul Walk and First Fleet Park.

Alongside the glowing Countdown Clocks, this week the first three major installations for Vivid Sydney 2021 were announced.

Mabe the most exciting is Ephemeral, a literal floating walkway hovering across the waters of Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay. Produced by Sydney-based Atelier Sisu, constellations of bubble-like spheres hover above and around the watery walkway, beaming beautiful colours, light, and sound so you’ll feel as though you’re drifting through the cosmos.

VORAX at Customs House is the next generation of building projections: an epic and mind bending 3D storytelling experience projected onto the walls of the historic building. Created by Hong Kong’s Treacle Media, it tells the tale of a mischievous thief’s rise to greatness as he travels through a series of surreal environments all around you.

Finally, Point of View is a collab between Sydney artist Brad Robson and Esem Projects offering a whole new perspective on mural painting. 

Vivid Sydney’s “lights on” festival opening will take place on Friday 6 August. Stay tuned for more Vivid Sydney 2021 program details.

THE DETAILS

What: Vivid Sydney 2021
Where: Various locations in Sydney
When:  6 - 28 August, 2021

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Image credit: Destination NSW

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