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INSIDE OUR PICKS FOR VIVID Festival of light, music and ideas 24 MAY - 15 JUNE 2019


The World’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney, is back for its 11th year with a stellar festival program. Vivid Sydney is where art, technology and commerce intersect. Vivid Light From 6pm each night, light installations and projections illuminate the world famous Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Taronga Zoo. Sydney will be transformed as large scale light art installations light up the City. Vivid Music Local and international acts will be performing in various venues throughout the City. Some will be small and intimate and some will be a place to sit back and enjoy the ambience like the Sydney Opera House. Vivid Ideas This is Asia Pacific's annual celebration of innovation, creativity and community. The program spans the innovation and imagination sector: from technology and start-up culture to design and architecture, film and screen content to visual arts and performance, advertising and marketing to animation, VFX, lighting and events.

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Vivid At Sea in Luxury with The Charter

Experience the world's largest outdoor art gallery, VIVID, from the best vantage point imaginable- with a luxury cruise on Sydney Harbour! Beat the crowds on land and set sail at sea to witness Sydney's iconic landmarks and buildings transform into spectacular masterpieces of light, music and 3D projections. When: Friday 24 May - Saturday 15 June 6pm-8pm and 8:30pm-10:30pm

Vagabond Substantial Cocktail The new Vivid Sydney 1.5 hour Cocktail Dinner Cruise sailing twice nightly between Friday 24 May and Saturday 15 June. Come aboard a Vagabond Cruise for a spectacular evening to winess Sydney being transformed into a magical canvas of light for Vivid Sydney 2019! Sunday - Thursday Cruise 1: 5.30pm to 7.00pm Cruise 2: 715pm to 8.45pm Friday & Saturday Cruise 1: 5.30pm to 7.00pm Cruise 2: 7.30pm to 9.00pm Tickets from $39.00 per person For more info and booking visit their website

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99 Stories @ Staves Brewery Showcasing 33 local singer/songwriters over three Saturday nights of 11 artists per show, each storyteller will perform three original songs in shorts sets within a diverse mix of great local talent ready to blow you away with their 99 Stories. When: Saturday 25 May, Saturday 1 June, Saturday 8 June Where: Staves Brewery 4-8 Grose St, Glebe NSW 2037 We had a chat with Steve Drissell Owner and Founder of Staves Brewery 1. 99 Stories, how did the idea come about? We see so many talented singer/songwriters come through our brewery with varying degrees of experience and opportunities to perform, we thought it would be really cool to showcase as many artists as possible over three nights by giving them a platform to tell their stories. We figured by programming short sets of three original songs per artist over three nights, '99 Stories' could be performed. 2. What was the criteria to be included in the 99 Stories? Most artists have either played at one of our Open Mic nights, or are regularly playing the Sydney scene and are known to us. Many have released EPs and have been featured in Triple J Unearthed. Either way, the most important factor is that when we hear them play, they leave us wanting to hear more.

99 Stories @ Staves Brewery 3. Why is Staves Brewery a good venue to hold this type of event? The entire upstairs of the brewery is an open space we call The Malt Room. Yes, we also keep our brewers malt up there! It's great acoustically, intimate with room for up to 70 people and many transport options being next to Broadway Shopping Centre.

4. What Vivid event are you looking forward to? The three '99 Stories’ Saturday nights more than anything else! It’s the first time we’ve brought together so many singer/songwriters and believe this to be the first event of this kind under the Vivid Music umbrella.

The Idea of North Multi ARIA Award-winning vocal group The Idea of North returns to Camelot for the first time since 2016 to showcase their most recent and best iteration yet. With the addition of incredible vocal percussionist Kai Kitamura, the group’s repertoire, sound and musical expression has broadened in ways that make your experience of what these five singers can do with only the human voice even more incredible. You’ll hear songs you know and songs you don’t, you’ll luxuriate in a kaleidoscope of feelings this group awakens in its audiences. When: Wednesday 5 June 8 pm Where: Camelot Lounge, Cnr 103 Railway Pde & 19 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville

This is what Nick Begbie (Tenor) had to say when we asked him a few questions 1. The Idea of North travel all over Australia and the world teaching and performing, how did the group get together and how did the whole idea of what you do start? The Idea of North formed out of a larger jazz vocal group at the Canberra School of Music in the early 90’s. Four friends started hanging out together (not singing), then eventually realised that they were self-sufficient as a group of singers with a bass, a tenor, an alto and a soprano in their midst. 2. Which do you prefer, running workshops or performing? Running workshops is a great way to get up close and personal with our audiences - and also is hugely rewarding because of the amazing sounds people can make and strides they can take with a little guidance. However, as performers, getting up on stage to affect people in a positive way is our first love! 3. The Idea of North released a new album at the end of last year, which track to you enjoy the most and why? I’m afraid this is probably a predictable answer, but I have a few favourites from our new album: track 2, ‘Alice In The Underground’, because of the vulnerability in the lyrics and the gorgeous writing and arranging by Naomi (our alto and MD), who wrote it; track 8, ’Shower The People’, because of how much I love James Taylor, as well as how much I love Luke’s voice, as he takes a masterful solo on this track; and track 5, ’Not Perfect’, because Tim Minchin has written a song that fits our group so perfectly it belies the title of the song. This song frequently makes people laugh and cry and change their perspective on life. 4. What Vivid event are you looking forward to? I’m a huge fan of all the light shows in the city at Vivid, and will be taking my kids there once again this year!

Vince Jones Album Launch After the stunning sold-out success of his 2018 Concourse performance, Vince Jones returns to the Concert Hall as a Sydney Vivid Exclusive to present his new album 'A Personal Selection' in full. Featuring classic American Standards by Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Joni Mitchell as well as Vince's original compositions.

Since emerging in the Jazz clubs of Melbourne in the late 70s and early 80s, Vince has set the benchmark for Australian contemporary jazz vocalists, with his live performances hailed as “an intoxicating tour de force. “Vince Jones is living proof that independence is not about genres. He is a soulful survivor, with a voice as cool as a long G&T and a repertoire that balances jazz, rock and soul” – Beat Magazine. Presented by Vivid Music and The Concourse. When: Saturday 8 June Where: The Concourse @ 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood, NSW

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Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton Vivid Music and The Concourse are thrilled to present the Grammy Award winning Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton live for the first time in the Concert Hall. After decades bringing raw soul to the stage for The Rolling Stones, Sting, Tina Turner and Nine Inch Nails, Lisa is emerging as the most inventive and heartfelt interpreter of classic rock songs working today. Expect to hear her inspired versions of Led Zeppelin, Amy Grant, Little Willie John, The Rolling Stones and of course Lisa’s Grammy award winning originals. Lisa is one of the main artists featured in the Oscar-winning documentary film 20 Feet from Stardom (2013) “Lisa Fischer in concert is addictive.Every performance is so enriching, so exciting, so transcendent that you want more. With remarkable vocal range and vocabulary, Fischer can sing soul, jazz, rock, gospel, pop, folk and classical with equal facility and authority.” Minneapolis Star Tribune. Book Here

When: Tuesday 4 June, 8 pm Where: The Concourse @ 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood, NSW

BANDALUZIA BANDALUZIA is an acclaimed modern flamenco ensemble led by ARIA nominated guitarist DAMIAN WRIGHT. Bandaluzia performed at The Adelaide International Guitar Festival curated by Slava Grigoryan and was awarded "The Pick Of the Sydney Fringe" at The Sydney Fringe Festival. Bandaluzia performed to a sold out Sydney Opera House Concert Hall as an invited artist to TEDX Sydney. Known for their powerful performances, unique sound and explosive displays of dazzling musicianship and virtuosity that has made Bandaluzia a great success at festivals and theatres across Australia. Embodying the unmistakeable Jerez style of flamenco guitar playing, PACO LARA presents the flamenco guitar in all it’s authenticity, culture and artistry. Apart from his skill as a formidable soloist Paco is also revered for his ability as an acompaniest in the specialised world of flamenco singing (cante) and (dance), where he has performed with Flamenco’s most significant artists including Beni de Cádiz, Juan Moneo “El Torta”, Miguel Flores “El Capullo de Jerez”, Tomasa Guerrero “La Macanita”, Mercedes Ruiz, participating in prestigious festival programs including Bienal de Sevilla (Spain), Casa de la Música, Moscow (Russia) etc… Featuring Dance Australia Magazine's "Most Outstanding Dancer of 2013" and co- winner of "Best Dance Show" at The Adelaide Fringe 2014 JESSICA STATHAM (flamenco dance), ROSALIE COCCHIARO (flamenco dance) who, living in Madrid for 10 years, has performed in many of Madrid’s most premier Tablaos (flamenco venues), including Cafe de Chinitas and Torres Bermejas, brilliant percussionist JAMES HAUPTMANN (James Morrison, Vince Jones, Bluejuice...etc) & violinist YUHKII MAYNE (Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Opera and Opera Australia Orchestra).

When: JUNE 7 & 8 Doors open at 6pm Where: Venue 505: 280 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills, Sydney Damian Wright had this to say about the show What drew you toward the Flamenco and the style of music you play today? The love of flamenco stems from the fact it's a musical genre so steeped in a myriad of history and yet is still evolving as we speak into one of the most beautiful, sophisticated and popular contemporary musical styles. It's a folk tradition that is still practiced through generations of incredible musicians and dancers presenting the art form in all it's authenticity or pushing the genre into more contemporary directions. It's a style that has influences from the Middle East and North African folk traditions as well as European Classical and more recently Jazz and Rock. It's a musical form that has influenced everyone from Miles Davis, Leonard Cohen, Stravinsky and many more... What does it mean to you to be part of Vivid? Vivid is such an exciting time of the year to be in Sydney. There's a massive array of culture that's on display Vivid and it's really inspiring to be amongst all the great artists and events on offer. It's a chance to see some of the worlds most interesting and spectacular acts and the extraordinary wealth of arts culture at the local level. What do you want audiences to take away from the show? We present a performance that expresses our love for flamenco and it's traditions whilst at the same time bringing all our contemporary influences subtly into the performance. It's our personal take on the amazing art form that is flamenco. It's about being true to who we are and what we love about music and dance and hopefully transmitting this 100% to our audience. For Booking -

Place Branding Australia Conference To be held at the historic Intercontinental Hotel in Sydney, on 4th June, 2019, Place Branding Australia will explore how Australia’s cities, towns and regions can develop their own compelling narrative to attract the businesses, residents and visitors vital to its economic and social well-being. The inaugural conference brings together exceptional speakers from across the field to discuss place branding from a uniquely Australian perspective. It will explore how social, cultural and economic issues create opportunities for Australian communities to shape and define their future. Part of the 2019 Vivid Ideas program, Place Branding Australia is the exclusive place branding event in Australia, bringing together hundreds of Australia’s leading practitioners from both private and public sectors. When: 4 June Where: InterContinental Sydney @ 117 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW, Australia

We asked Stu Spiers Director of Silver Lining Strategy, and programmer of Place Branding Australia a few questions 1. Who should come to this conference? Economic development and brand specialists in Local and State Government, Tourism officers and managers, Urban and town planners, Architects, destination marketing specialists, placemaking experts 2. Is Place Branding something businesses should consider as part of their branding strategy? Absolutely. The more that a city, town or region can put forward a united front in terms of what they represent and why they are proud to live where they do, the better. 3. Who will be the key speaker on the day? There are 12 speakers on the day, and they will all contribute with their expertise. Some highlights will include Jessica Christiansen-Franks - CEO of Neighbourlytics, Simon Wright from GOMA in Brisbane and Liverpool City Council CEO Kiersten Fishburn. 4. What do you hope people will take away from the Conference? 1. Ideas for growth to take back to their community, 2. Answers to some of the big questions Place Branding presents, 3. New colleagues to collaborate with on urban design and development, and 4. Tools to take back to their community to push their Place Branding agenda forward. 5. What Vivid event are you looking forward to? The Cure! The ten year anniversary of Disintegration should be incredible. We're also really looking forward to the Placemaking discussion on Wednesday, June 5 at the Museum of Sydney, 5.30-7pm. Placemaking is a really important strand of Place Branding, and we're looking forward to hearing the thoughts that come from this session.

Vivid in Chatswood Vivid Sydney at Chatswood runs from the 24th of May until the 15th of June and makes for a relaxed and entertaining night for the whole family! Among the streets, laneways and public spaces you’ll find fun, interactive artworks perfect for little ones with huge imaginations and for the big kid inside us all. Here are our top 5 things to do with the whole family at Vivid Sydney at Chatswood: 1. Ferris Wheel The 22m high Bella Vista Ferris Wheel will light up with LED lights for a magical experience and a view to remember. 2. Glow in the Dark Mini Golf Putt your putt-skills to the test with this glow-in-the-dark course. 3. Creative Workshops Make some glow-in-the-dark slime, get pampered with hair and nails, or try a glow-in-the-dark temporary tattoo. 4. Interactive Artwork Countless interactive artworks can be found in the public spaces and laneways of Chatswood precinct. A great way to explore themes of peace, love and harmony in our world today. 5. Themed Food Keep an eye out for the special lights letting you know restaurants are participating in special Vivid-themed offers!

Chatswood - Lights Chatswood lights are always worth a visit. Here are just two of the eighteen light installations you will find there. Ether Elm - Interview with Joshua Greenhalgh, one of the artist Ether Elm is a fun, interactive installation in Chatswood Mall that combines the industrial aesthetic of space age technology with the inspiration and joy evoked through colour and sound. Join in a creative bonding experience together with your friends, family and fellow festival goers. Sing, shout, laugh, talk and whisper to produce engaging light sequences generated by each different pattern of tone. What subjects and themes do you explore through your practice. Why? My designs explore the relationship between humans, technology and nature, aiming to balance the strengths and weaknesses of these forces to create solutions that allow for them to co-exist and work in unison. How did you explore these ideas through the work for Vivid Sydney at Chatswood 2019? The microphone stands out as a strange high tech device that draws in attention and curiosity, while inviting people to express themselves. When voice input comes through it feeds this into lights wrapped around a tree, displaying the flow of energy between humans and nature, and reminding us of the power we have to effect the world around us.

Chatswood - Lights Cascading Harp, Artist - Zara Pasfield Immerse yourself in this stunning installation. Create your own joyful songs sending positivity and hope. Weave in and out of the ropes, run your fingers along the jangling bells among beautiful lights and soothing music. What was the inspiration for your work for Vivid Sydney at Chatswood 2019? The Cascading Harp is a celebration of peace, through light, movement, colour and the gentle chiming of spheres of song. Emulating the idea that prayers and good wishes are carried by the wind from Tibetan prayer flags strung in high places, the spheres of song carry a message of harmony, peace and love through the air with their sound. How did you explore these ideas through the work for Vivid Sydney at Chatswood 2019? Inspired by the vivid colours of the prayer flags, multiple colourful ropes will be be suspended from the steel hanging structure. Reminiscent of the Tibetan song bowls, used for peaceful meditation, the end of each colourful rope will have a hollow metallic sphere fastened to the end. As the audience moves through the space they are invited to interact with the work, running their fingers along the canopy of bell-like metallic spheres, creating a ringing, melodic song. What do you hope the viewer will experience when engaging with your work? When the audience moves through the space, they will be immersed within an otherworldly landscape of light, colour, sound and movement. As they move through the sea of vividly colourfully ropes they will hear and see the movement and sound of the spheres above them, encapsulating the audience within the space.

Darling Harbour - Lights Darling Harbour will host 9 light installations. The will be viewable daily from 5 pm - 11 pm Tumbalong Lights: Inclusive playSPACE- Tumbalong Lights celebrates the art of play, the basic human right of inclusion and the joy of discovery in honour of the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. This includes - To the Moon and Back, SpaceBalls, Under the Milky Way, Alien Visitor and What I Can See. Also in Darling Harbour BLACKLIGHT: Dessert Lab - Step inside the BLACKLIGHT Dessert Lab where the lines between food, art and architecture are deliciously blurred. Robot SPACELand - Epic in scale, Robot SPACELand takes over Darling Harbour. Its centrepiece is a 16m tall mechatronic unit called Ecobot whose primary purpose is to save Earth from extinction and advance a sustainable existence. Florescentia - Florescentia is inspired by the phenomena of photosynthesis found in biology. Life blooms as plants and flowers harness energy from the sun and convert it into chemical energy. Dream States - Dream States is a 3D animation that uses ground-breaking processes to create a projected artwork that acts as a means of promoting social change and challenging existing barriers to access.

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney - Lights The Royal Botanic Garden will be alight with 15 light installations. The will be viewable daily from 6 pm - 11 pm The Light Teleportal - unlock the ancient secrets of these mysterious portals. Torus - a playful wavy reflection of light and sound expressions that interacts with people’s vibrations and emotions. I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?) - An array of LED light poles generates a space between two people. As they use their voices, they start a ‘conversation’ of light and sound, eventually watching a vividly colourful world unfold before their eyes. Dancing Grass - 146 illuminated ‘blades’ of grass to five different heights ranging from 1.5m to 4.5m tall so that visitors can wander through a tactile green forest. Jungle Boogie - Play on the 18 keys of this giant, interactive musical instrument to activate the central psychedelic forest scene. Firefly Field - a mesmerising installation of 500 flying light points that simulate the movements these nocturnal lampyridae. Circa - a twelve-part light sculpture made up of rings that present circannual light levels on earth's surface. Empyrean - explores the correlation between cosmic events and mechanical workings of the human brain. Beetopia - a giant glowing bee hotel with oversized, colourful native bees crawling all over it. KA3323 - a retro-futuristic contraption that has mysteriously landed in the Botanic Gardens. Harmony - This concept is articulated through the form of a tree, in which six elements of light and sound spiral from the root to the canopy. River of Light - comprises two pools of ‘water’, formed from clear Perspex, and a 55 metre long cascade up-lit Perspex rods running between them. We Are One - celebrates both our diversity and our unity in a single interactive shipping container, provoking reflection upon the relationship between the two. Consumable - This ingenious light sculpture asks what we can all do to reduce consumption and minimise global e-waste production. Symphony - is an interactive celebration of light, sound and community.

More! Vivid Sydney is an amazing festival, with hundreds of events to choose from. I hope you enjoyed the few we have highlighted for this year. For all Vivid events on What's on Sydney Click here

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What's on Sydney - Vivid 2019  

Find out where to go what to do as we highlight just a few of the events happening during this year's festival.

What's on Sydney - Vivid 2019  

Find out where to go what to do as we highlight just a few of the events happening during this year's festival.