Apologies to all our Sydney-siders who are no doubt well aware of this amazing festival - but to everyone else, we'd love to share with you, the fantastic Vivid Sydney 2014.
The festival is a celebration of Light, Music and Ideas - what a fabulous premise for a city-wide event! Take a moment (please - it's worth it!) to watch the promo video below, there is a fantastic interactive music light projection on Custom's House (about 40secs in) that will delight you!
Vivid Sydney is unique - a festival based on merging Art, Technology and Commerce that lasts about two weeks each year. The Festival has three categories - Light, Music and Ideas and this is the final week, so you had better get your skates on if you want to take advantage of it this time round.
Vivid Light transforms Sydney's iconic architecture and streetscapes into amazing 'light art' sculptures, completely free of charge and grand in scale. It is at the forefront of light design excellence, and the world's largest outdoor 'art gallery'.
The images below are based in Martin Place, in Sydney's CBD, where a webcam can map your own head, and project it onto the three dimensional 1.6 metre sculptural head as shown!
Music is also a significant part of Vivid Sydney and this year is the biggest yet with an expanded line-up, across many genres, including both electronic and contemporary performances. Not least is the Pet Shop Boys with their only Australian gig on their 'Electric' World Tour. The set promises to innovate with a multi-media show including laser, film, fabulous costumes, choreography, and supported by a D.J set from the wonderful Presets!
Vivid Ideas celebrates innovation, creativity and community with over 200 events across 14 creative industries. This year, there are lots of opportunities to be inspired. InConversation is a series bringing together two creative minds to discuss their respective experiences, Masterclass will be a workshop based option to collaborate with Vivid Ideas keynote speakers, and Mini Conferences will be an in-depth opportunity to network and delve further into the respective creative industries.
Well, Sydney, you certainly know how to put on a show and turn on the razzle dazzle! We wish we could come and see it for real, but for this year, at least, it will be a virtual experience for us.
We'd really love to hear from anyone who has been, or, if you have anything remotely like this where you live?