Top 10 experiences at Vivid Sydney 2014

21 May 2014

Vivid Sydney is back in 2014, and it’s bigger and brighter than ever before! Vote the Australian Event of the Year, don’t miss these incredible highlights of an amazing festival celebrating light, music and ideas.

1. Lighting of the Sails23 May- 9 June | 6pm – midnight

The Lighting of the Sydney Opera House Sails signals that Vivid Sydney is on, and thrills residents and visitors alike. This year, Vivid LIVE has commissioned award-winning international artists, 59 Productions, to create a new projection artwork for the sails. 59 Productions will take the iconic building on a dramatic journey through time – from the birth of architecture and civilisation through to the pinnacle of human and technological achievement.

2. Martin Place | 23 May- 9 June | 6pm – midnight Vivid Sydney Martin Place

For the first time, Martin Place, the heart of Sydney’s CBD, becomes an integral part of Vivid Sydney with two spectacular light installations: e|MERGEnce and Sky Flower. With e|MERGEnce, a webcam maps your face and all its expressions onto a three-dimensional, 1.6 metre sculptured head. Is it a real flower or just an apparition? The petals of the Sky Flower will unfold in a moving hymn of ever-changing colour. A gentle lighting treatment will also honour the Cenotaph, a solemn memorial that pays homage to those who have given their lives for their country.

Play Me! Customs House Vivid Sydney3. Play Me at Customs House | 23 May- 9 June | 6pm – midnight

The grand, heritage exterior of CustomsHouse at Circular Quay becomes a unique plaything for Vivid fans who want to have some fun with a world first interactive building projection. The facade becomes a series of gigantic musical instruments which you can play in realtime. Just pick your favourite imagefrom a touchscreen, wave your handsand watch in awe as a fantastical instrument comes to life in front of you!

4. Aquatique | 23 May- 9 June | 6pm – 11pm

The Vivid Aquatique Water Theatre at Darling Harbour is back, but its twice the size, and even more spectacular. Aquatique features computer controlled dancing water jets in a ‘magic wall’ of light and water, specialised sculptural fountains inspired by Louis XIV’s ‘Water Garden’ at Versailles, four giant water screens and large-format video projections, four high-powered full colour lasers and, for some shows, marine fireworks.

Vivid Aquatique

5. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House23 May – 1 June

The core of Vivid Music, Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House, features a stellar 2014 line-up including indie rock band Pixies, Ms Lauryn Hill, disco legend Giorgio Moroder, and Timeline, a special collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra, led by Richard Tognetti and electro-pop duo The Presets – in which they present the history of music in two hours.

6. Modulations @ Carriageworks | 6 – 8 June

Carriageworks and Modular are joining forces to present three days of exclusive music performances, art, installations and contemporary ideas as part of Vivid Sydney. Featuring an exciting spectrum of internationally renowned and emerging DJs and bands, Modulations will be headlined by multi-award winning electronic pop legends Pet Shop Boys, considered the most successful duo in UK music history. Highlights also include Fred Deakin, formerly one half of UK electronic duo Lemon Jelly, whose work explores the realms of audiovisual remixing and interactive installations. A talks program will also accompany the live performances, with panel discussions featuring music industry professionals, graphic designers and video artists, plus installations from artists spanning the

7. Vivid Music at the Basement | 5 – 8 June Vivid Music at the Basement

The Basement first opened its doors in 1972 and quickly became a benchmark club for contemporary music. 42 years later this iconic venue still carries the torch for contemporary music and will play host to part of the Vivid Music program featuring some of the best names in electronica, dance, techno, hip hop, jazz and funk.

8. Vivid Ideas Exchange23 May – 9 June

The sixth floor of the Museum of Contemporary ArtVivid Ideas Exchange (MCA) Australia is the place to connect with some of the world’s best creative minds at more than 100 events during the Vivid Ideas Exchange. The program spans across all industries, connecting fields from digital media and design to architecture, animation, fashion to film-making and beyond. Hear from four successful Australian self-starters during A Cheat’s Guide To Getting That Thing Off The Ground, or catch Dare Jennings, the founder of two iconic Australian brands Mambo and Deus Ex Machina, share his secrets during Turning What You Love Into What You Do.

9. Sydney Film Festival | 4-15 June

One of the world’s longest-running film festivals is back, with a 12-day program showing the best feature films, documentaries, short films and animation. Now in its 61st year, the festival returns with a packed program of exclusive talks with filmmakers and other industry experts.

10. Vivid Path to the Future at the University of Sydney  | 27 May – 3 June

Vivid Path to the Future (‘Wingara Mura’ in the Eora language) is an eight-day celebration of light, music and ideas in the beautiful grounds of Australia’s first university. It will include music and projection mapping performances with illuminated art installations, videomapping workshops curated by Joe Crossley of Finely Tuned, as well as a plethora of installation points featuring work by students of The University of Sydney. Vivid Path to the Future will also feature a variety of activities to celebrate indigenous culture and Reconciliation Week, as well as programs to involve indigenous students and young people in the creative industries.

Visit for more information on this spectacular winter event. Leave the car at home and catch public transport as road closures and special event clearways will be in place. Plan your Vivid Sydney travel here.