Vivid Light 2015

21 May 2015
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A lot happens in Sydney over the Vivid light, music and ideas festival. Almost too much to sum up in just one article; so we’ll focus on one the most spectacular elements: the light shows!

Vivid Light transforms Sydney into a wonderland of ‘light art’ sculptures, light installation and large-scale projections for the whole city to enjoy. All for free. Step out in Sydney between 22 May to June 8 and you’ll witness the world’s largest outdoor ‘art gallery’ through this fantastic celebration of light design.

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Watch as artists and designers illuminate and transform Sydney’s urban spaces. Some ‘light show’ highlights include:

Vivid Path to the Future – watch Australia’s oldest university, University of Sydney, be transformed into a glittering canvas of light with added live performances.  25-31 May, 6pm-midnight, free.

Pyrmont & The Star – the harbourside precinct of Pyrmont turns into a multi-sensory entertainment zone where the crowd takes control of the show with interactive games and light activities. 22 May – 8 June, 6pm-midnight, free.

 Vivid Sydney at Chatswood 'Norbert the Nautilus'. Image: Vivid

Piano Stairs – AMP’s Piano Stairs take residence on the external staircase at of the iconic AMP Building at Circular Quay, turning it into a giant piano keyboard. Give your most ‘noteworthy’ performance! 22 May – 8 June, 6pm-midnight, free.

Paint the Town – watch the Sydney skyline be illuminated in this interactive light show. Kids (and big kids) of any age can ‘paint’ the town with light using a special touch screen to control colours and frequencies. 22 May – 8 June, 6pm-midnight, free.

 University of Sydney 'Space' by Electric Canvas. Image: Vivid

Geometric Eye – check out the large ornate ‘eye’ perched on the overpass leading to the Overseas Passenger Terminal. LED strip-lights are used to cleverly construct the abstract eye that changes and interacts with its environment. 22 May – 8 June, 6pm-midnight, free.

Transcendence – this show brings together the latest in technology and new media to create a computer-code driven light show. Each night a new artist will help create the ever-changing visual feast. 22 May – 8 June, 6pm-midnight, free.

 Customs House 'Jacaranda'. Image: Vivid

Vivid 2015 runs for 18 days from the 22nd of May until the 8th of June 2015. The festival features a host of the world’s most important creative industry forums and an epic, free public exhibition of outdoor lightning sculptures and installations as well as a cutting-edge contemporary music program.

Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.