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VIVID Program Helps See Sydney in New Light

The 11th annual VIVID Sydney will run from May 24-June 15 featuring light displays at Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Barangaroo, Luna Park and Sydney Harbour.

In addition to light installations and music events, the “ideas” section of the program includes a detailed program of talks and workshops such as the Event Summit 2019, a one-day conference specifically for event planners, and a talk led by Stefan Hajkowicz, an internationally renowned expert in strategic foresight at CSIRO’s Data61, Australia’s leading data innovation group.

Other ways groups can incorporate VIVID Sydney into their incentive programs include an exclusive dinner in Aria’s private dining room which boasts views of the light displays on the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge or, take a private dinner cruise for up to 200 guests with Captain Cook River Cruises or becoming part of the festival by partaking in a special Bridge Climb.

The event was originally developed to attract visitors to Sydney during winter. Now in its 11th year, the event is said to attract around 2.33 million visitors and is the largest of its kind in the world. The program is packed with light installations around the city and harbor plus a detailed schedule of events featuring Australian thought leaders.

The event, combined with Sydney’s world class experiences, allows groups to see the city in a new light.

Experience highlights:

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb have a special Vivid Climb where groups of up to 14 become part of Vivid Sydney by climbing the icon in special flashing light vests. From the summit, groups can view light installations across the city including on the Opera House.
  • Captain Cook Cruises give groups a perspective of Vivid Sydney from the water. The 3 1/2 -hour cruise in the harbor includes a five-course degustation with matching wines and has a maximum capacity of 200 guests seated.
  • Aria Sydney by Australian celebrity chef Matt Moran offers one of the best places to dine and experience Vivid Sydney’s light installations on the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The entire restaurant can be hired exclusively for 176 guests seated, the main dining room for 110 guests seated and the Harbor Room has space for up to 30 seated guests.

Program highlights:

  • Each year an artist of international renown is commissioned to create an original artwork for projection onto the Sydney Opera House that captures the spirit of the iconic landmark recognized as the cultural epicenter of Australia. This year, Los Angeles-based Andrew Thomas Huang is the torch-bearer entrusted with the Lighting of the Sails. The Chinese-American visual artist and filmmaker is admired as much for his sci-fi suffused artworks as for creating music videos for the likes of Björk, Sigur Rós and Thom Yorke.
  • City Sparkle is a vast symphony of light beams that play across the skyline.
  • Using the architecture of Customs House as a canvas, a collaboration between US, UK and Australian artists sees a light projection of marine life that live under Sydney Harbour.
  • Event Summit 2019 is a one day conference specifically for event planners.
  • New Horizons is a talk led by Dr Stefan Hajkowicz – an internationally renowned expert in strategic foresight at CSIRO’s Data61, Australia’s leading data innovation group.
  • Ignite Your Creativity At Work is an inspiring session with leading Australian creative expert Nicole Velik.
  • The World Business Forum is a two-day event that brings together thousands of senior-level decision makers from across all industries to learn from and be inspired by some of the world’s most renowned business figures.

VIVID Sydney 2019 is where art, technology and commerce intersect. It’s three weeks of game-changing ideas and seminars, amazing music and light sculptures that transform the city. For more info, visit www.vividsydney.com.

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