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If a trip to Sydney is high on your holiday wish list, book your trip during Vivid Sydney, one of the world’s largest festivals of light, music and ideas. After a two-year hiatus, the annual festival that sparks the soul of the city with creativity, will be shining brighter than ever, over 23 nights from 27 May to 18 June.
The streets will come alive with mesmerising art displays and 3D light projections, exhilarating live music performances, thought-provoking debates and deep-dive discussions from some of the world’s brightest minds, with international (including some New Zealanders) and Australian artists taking the stage. Here are five reasons to book your tickets now.
A Vivid Music exclusive, legendary soul icon Marcia Hines will be launching her new gospel album in two very special performances (9-10 June). Marcia grew up singing in the churches of Boston, and this new work will see her embrace her roots. Held at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, with a live band and chorus, this candlelit show is set to be a truly transportive experience.
Tickets are available here.
TEEKS needs no introduction – when the Maori soul singer released his debut album in 2021, he already had a huge following at home but Something to Feel launched him on the global stage. Performing at the hallowed Sydney Opera House (13 June) is a dream for many artists, and a sign that he’s only going to go up from here. With his rich vocals and emotive song subjects, the show is sure to be a moving one.
Tickets available here.
The Global Storytellers are an unmissable part of Vivid Ideas, a line-up of talks by leaders of their industries who set narratives and fight for a better future. This year, hear from Troye Sivan (29 May), a superstar musician, actor and artist who will talk about his identity and pushing creative boundaries. Aaron Sorkin (1 June), the Oscar- and Emmy-winning writer and playwright behind The West Wing and The Newsroom has a deep interest in politics, so the conversation with be deeply interesting and timely. Also on the line-up is Gretchen Carlson (29 May), a fearless advocate for women’s rights and a leader of the #MeToo movement, whose story about workplace harassment was told in the movie Bombshell.
Tickets available here.
A completely new event for 2022, the Vivid Sydney Dinner will be a special night that truly encapsulates all the elements of this much-loved festival. The CBD’s ivy Ballroom will be transformed with light projections, guest will be served a lavish dinner cooked by Dan Hong (Ms. G’s, Mr Wong) and Mike Eggert (Totti’s), and PlaySchool’s Justine Clarke will host the night. There will be music performances by Australian multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and neo soul star Ngaiire. Artist Ken Done and writer Julia Baird will entertain guests with a conversation about what they love most about this wonderful city.
Tickets available here.
This year, take your time to wander along the 8km Light Walk, the longest in the history of the festival. Starting from Sydney Opera House you’ll traverse the city all the way to Central Station, with exciting new locations including the Central Station Concourse and The Goods Line. At Circular Quay, gaze in awe as one of iconic Australian artist Ken Done’s classic Sydney Harbour vistas comes to life on the facade of Customs House in For Sydney With Love. Over at Walsh Bay, artist Leila Jeffreys celebrates Sydney bird life with a large-scale work called Temple, that will act as a sanctuary along the Light Walk. Another standout work is Bump in the Night by James Dive at Tumbalong Park, an interactive installation of a seemingly sleepy campsite with 50 tents – when viewers pass by, they’ll hear muffled animal noises, snoring and torches will flicker on.
Find out more about the program here.
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