This year, 2016, celebrates the culture of the Australian Indigenous with an installation – Songlines – projected on the Sails of the iconic Sydney Opera House. Weaving through time and space, earth and sky, this installation speaks directly to the spirituality and culture of Australia‘s First Peoples. Further, the animation on display will showcase the works of renowned Indigenous artists Karla Dickens, Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi, Donny Woolagoodja, Djon Mundine OAM and the late Gulumbu Yunipingu.
For 23 nights, the city will become a kaleidoscope of colour and art with major 3D projections on the façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Customs House. Darling Harbour will also feature the world’s first water-screen floating about 56 fountains for a Laser-Dragon Water Theatre, accompanied by the music score created by The Presets.
Stretching through to the Royal Botanic Gardens for the first time, as they celebrate their 200th anniversary, this is where a magical forest appears. A place where you can’t not think where the fairies and folk people live.
Illuminated by 1,640 lighting fixture tubes, the colour of the Sydney Harbour Bridge will be controlled by visitors just off the shore, as they watch ferries travel through the Sydney Harbour lighting up their journey.
Other places taking part in this showcase include Sydney’s Martin Place, Darling Harbour, Australian National Maritime Museum, Central Park, Chatswood and Taronga Zoo.
The NSW Government’s Premier Mike Baird stated:
‘For the next 23 nights, Sydney’s most iconic landmarks will be lit up in a symphony of colour and movement, attracting visitors from across the world. Vivid is a creative festival for a global audience, and its popularity is evident in the 1.7 million visitors who attended last year’s festival.’
Vivid Sydney runs from 27 May until 18 June 2016.
By Ellie Griffiths