Austral Floral Ballet at Vivid Sydney 2019

For its 11th magical year, Vivid Sydney returns from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June 2019 with a roster of star-studded programs and dazzling displays.

"It doesn’t matter your age or interests, whether it is your first time to Sydney or if you are a local - Vivid Sydney has universal appeal. The Vivid Sydney 2019 program offers inclusive and accessible installations, events and experiences that you can enjoy for one evening or over 23 nights,” Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer - Vivid Sydney Sandra Chipchase proudly explains.

A year of firsts

For the first time ever, Vivid Sydney is launching Vivid School for High School students in years 9-12 to assist students to learn more about the creative processes involved in imagining, designing and delivering light-based artworks for this huge global event.

Visitors who are familiar with Vivid Sydney's famous Light Walk will be excited to learn that this year, a partnership with Academy Award-winning Pixar Animation Studios will illuminate Sydney. Families will be transported to infinity and beyond alongside Woody and Buzz Lightyear right in the heritage-listed Argyle Cut in The Rocks.

Above and beyond

True to form, Vivid Sydney's program this year will push creative boundaries in every direction. Here's a taste of what to expect:

VIVID LIGHT

The most recognisable part of the program, the Lighting of the Sails this year will feature Austral Flora Ballet, a tribute to Australia's native plants and flowers designed by artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang.

In celebration of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the southern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge will be illuminated by a powerful projection designed by The Electric Canvas and curated by Rhoda Roberts AO titled Eora: Broken Spear.

The façade of the iconic Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will be overtaken by an animated cycle of creation, destruction and regeneration designed by award-winning Australian-Columbian artist Claudia Nicholson who, together with light veterans Spinifex Group, reimagine her vibrant artworks into Let Me Down.

Lighting of the Sails 2019 

VIVID MUSIC

Carriageworks' annual program will be headlined by RÜFÜS DU SOL and FKA Twigs this year.Meanwhile, the Curve Ball - the warehouse party of the year - returns to feature Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and Mallrat.

Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House will feature such powerhouses as alt-rock pioneers The Cure, rising star Maggie Rogers and jazz legend Herbie Hancock (for one night only!).

X|Celerate will take over 23 inner city unconventional venues - including a brewery and hair salon - to celebrate Sydney's own thriving music scene. Up-and-comers and local favourites like The Catholics, Set Mo, Carlotta and I Know Leopard are set to play.

Touch Sensitive set to play at Vivid Sydney 2019 

VIVID IDEAS

This year’s Game Changers challenge assumptions on race and relationships. The unparalleled visionary Spike Lee opens up about his personal politics, story-craft and tips for making movies that matter.

Pulitzer prize winning-author Sebastian Smee, psychologist Jocelyn Brewer and artist and author Holly Throsby look at the value of an ‘inner life’ and ask what price we’ll pay for our constant digital distraction as part of The Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth.

The New Horizons series tunes into signals from the future. Highlights include Future of Sex researcher and podcast creator Bryony Cole charting the frontiers of sextech, Marc Fennell exploring loneliness and why many people in Japan feel overworked and undersexed.

Spike Lee

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