March 17, 2016 : SYDNEY

Expanded Vivid Sydney Line-up Shines in 2016

SYDNEY, March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

    --  Expansion into Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Taronga Zoo
    --  Over 80 light installations and projections
    --  Bjork, New Order and Bon Iver for Vivid Music
    --  Superstar storytellers Spike Jonze, Jenji Kohan, Beau Willimon for Vivid
        Ideas
    --  2016 program announcement video content is available here
        [http://www.vividsydney.com/media-centre]

The longest ever Vivid Sydney will shine for 23 nights when it illuminates Sydney Harbour, new and much-loved precincts, and hosts vibrant music performances and big ideas talks, from Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June.

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Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, "This year Vivid Sydney is back with an incredible program where art, creativity and innovation meet, and are celebrated by local and international visitors."

"Vivid Sydney delivers the world's leading light artists in Vivid Light, cutting-edge musicians in Vivid Music, and creative innovators in Vivid Ideas. In 2015 the festival attracted a record 1.7 million attendees, and this year visitors to Vivid Sydney will have longer to experience the wonder of Vivid Sydney, and enjoy our biggest year yet."

In a Vivid Sydney first, the sails of the world-heritage listed Sydney Opera House will celebrate the rich and diverse work of Australia's Indigenous artists through the projection, Songlines. This exceptional work of art is directed by Sydney Opera House Head of Indigenous Programming, Rhoda Roberts of the Bundjalung Nation of NSW, and brings together six Indigenous artists whose work illustrates the extraordinary connections between Indigenous astronomy and the natural world - the celestial and terrestrial Songlines that weave through time and distance, earth and sky.

Vivid Sydney's brilliant light also returns to Chatswood, Central Park, Darling Harbour and the Australian National Maritime Museum, Martin Place and new precinct The Galeries, which becomes the festival's first indoor precinct. Treasured attractions, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Taronga Zoo, will light up during Vivid Sydney in celebration of the monumental anniversaries both celebrate in 2016.

At Garden of Light, visitors will take a glittering journey through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney as part of its 200(th) birthday celebrations. Grand installations will dazzle and delight including the impressive 60-metre long Cathedral of Light, made from hundreds of thousands of white LEDs which radiate gentle but brilliant light from all angles.

Taronga Zoo will be illuminated by larger-than-life multimedia sculptures of ten critical species ranging from the magnificent Asian elephant to the vividly coloured Corroboree frog, encouraging visitors to Be the Light for the Wild in Taronga Zoo's centenary year and beyond.

Vivid Music will pulse through the city with new sounds and venues with highlights including the world premiere of Bjork Digital, a new virtual reality project from the international avant-garde artist and the inaugural Curve Ball - a large scale live music and art event from Fuzzy Music, both held at Carriageworks.

Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House will unleash a series of incredible acts including synth-pop legends New Order, indie folk band Bon Iver, jazz artist Esperenza Spalding and the Australian premiere of Anohni's astonishing multimedia show.

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music will present The Sound Gardens: Vivid New Music performed by talented students with guest artists Natasha Anderson, Anthony Pateras and Clayton Thomas. Aussie hip-hop will be celebrated at Come Together @ Luna Park and One Day Sundays at The Factory in Marrickville. ARIA Hall of Fame inductees and 80s trailblazers the Models will join fellow chart-toppers the Machinations and a stripped down version of Dave Mason's The Reels to present The Models, Machinations & The Reels for one night only at the Enmore Theatre.

Vivid Music venues joining the line-up in 2016 include Newtown Social Club, brand new venue Cake Wines Cellar Door and returning favourites including Oxford Art Factory, Freda's and The Basement.

At Vivid Ideas, the Game Changers Talk Series will be headlined by storytellers shaping the creative landscape including acclaimed director and producer Spike Jonze, House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, the creative force behind Orange is the New Black Jenji Kohan, and one of Australia's most influential new creatives, Margaret Zhang.

Across the city, creative conferences will dive into the business of innovation and imagination with highlights including The Sunrise which delves into Australia's start-up culture, an exploration of how technology and digital media can shape exciting, liveable cities at the Media Architecture Biennale 2016 and Conscious Change Makers, a dynamic summit exploring the idea that 'good business' is good for everyone.

Vivid Sydney, now in its eighth year is the world's largest festival of light, music and ideas and is owned, managed and produced by the NSW Government's tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. Vivid Sydney runs from Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June 2016. For more information visit www.vividsydney.com [http://www.vividsydney.com/].

EDITOR'S NOTES

Vivid Sydney 2016 program highlights include:

Where What When ----- ---- ---- Sydney Songlines brings together six Opera Indigenous artists whose work House illustrates the extraordinary connections between Indigenous astronomy and the natural world - the celestial and terrestrial songlines that weave through time and distance, earth and sky. Nightly from 6pm - 11pm ------ ---------------------------------- ----------------------- Royal Celebrating its 200th birthday, the Botanic Royal Botanic Garden Sydney will Garden transform into a Garden of Light Sydney with 3D mapped projections and (New massive light installations, Precinct) creating a wonderland of shimmering trees and dazzling bushes. Nightly from 6pm - 11pm ----------- ----------------------------------- ----------------------- Taronga Vivid Sydney's wildest precinct Nightly from 5:30pm - Zoo will light up with Be The Light 9:30pm (New for the Wild to celebrate its Precinct) 100th centenary, and raise awareness of special animal species the Zoo is committed to protecting. ---------- -------------------------------- ---------------------- The Perspectives will bring together Nightly from 5:30pm - Galeries some of the most prominent video 11pm (New artists in the world in a dazzling Precinct) installation spread throughout the complex that will create an immersive galaxy of colour, light and movement. --------- ----------------------------------- ---------------------- Customs Sydney's Hidden Stories tells the House story of an adventurous blue- tongue lizard that spreads a message of sustainability, as he explores incredible landscapes concealed around Vivid Sydney's home city. Nightly from 6pm - 11pm -------- ---------------------------------- ----------------------- Museum Western Sydney Artist Huseyin Sami of and French artistic collective Contemporary Danny Rose collaborate to present Art The Matter of Painting, a grand Australia projection which transforms the (MCA, MCA into a huge, vibrant canvas sandstone that appears to be carved, original painted, cut and brushed into a building) truly multi-sensory experience. Nightly from 6pm - 11pm ------------- ----------------------------------- ----------------------- Circular Dress Circle takes the interactive Quay lighting of Circular Quay's and spectacular buildings to a whole the new level with visitors able to Sydney control the lighting of the city Harbour panorama, the Cahill Expressway Bridge and for the first time ever, the eastern side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Harbour Lights will return to light-up the waterways with illuminated ferries and boats. Nightly from 6pm - 11pm --------- ----------------------------------- ----------------------- Vivid The Vivid Light Walk, which Light stretches around Circular Quay to Walk The Rocks and Walsh Bay, boasts over 60 installations including playful and interactive experiences from rocketships to pinball games, an illuminated Love-O-Metre and giant installations, towering over visitors in a marvellous fashion. Nightly from 6pm - 11pm ----- ---------------------------------- ----------------------- Martin Martin Place will again be home to Place Sydney's most popular food and beverage purveyors, alongside grand, interactive light installations. Nightly from 6pm - 11pm ------ ----------------------------------- ----------------------- Darling The Laser-Dragon Water-Theatre Harbour will wow visitors with four video- projected water-screens, 56 fountains, 22 flame jets and 10 powerful lasers, creating awe- inspiring forms and affects including ferocious dragons and laughing clowns. Nightly from 6pm - 11pm -------- ----------------------------------- ----------------------- Australian The journey of Norbert the Nautilus National continues with a projection on the Maritime rooftop named the Nautilus and the Museum Sea. Characters from the film come to life as giant lanterns in this undersea fantasy. Nightly from 6pm - 11pm ----------- ----------------------------------- ----------------------- Central X Factory will explore technology Nightly from 5:30pm - Park and the changing human workplace 10:00pm through a projection on the fa├žade of the heritage-listed Carlton Brewery building. The free Silent Disco will return to this exciting precinct, available to dance- loving visitors every Friday and Saturday evening from 5.30pm. -------- ---------------------------------- ---------------------- Chatswood WILDLIGHT -- The Bio-kinetic 27 May -13 June. Nightly City, will explore the fascinating from 5:30pm -10:30pm creatures of Gondwana through a high-tech journey from the Chatswood Interchange to The Concourse. --------- ----------------------------------- ------------------------- Vivid Part of Vivid Music, Vivid LIVE LIVE features the ever-transforming at Anohni (formerly Antony Hegarty of the Antony and the Johnsons), indie Sydney folk band Bon Iver, iconic synth- Opera rock band New Order and jazz House artist Esperanza Spalding. 27 May - 13 June ------- ----------------------------------- ---------------- Vivid Cutting edge Vivid Music at venues Music offering an ever expanding array of musical genres from R+B to house, retro revival rock, electronica, queer beats, eclectic and hip hop. 27 May - 18 June ----- ----------------------------------- ---------------- Vivid The Game Changers talk series with Ideas Beau Willimon, Spike Jonze, Jenji Kohan and Margaret Zhang, creative conferences plus the Vivid Ideas Exchange sessions at the MCA. 27 May - 18 June ----- ----------------------------------- ----------------

Vivid Sydney thanks its sponsors for their support of the festival in 2016 including Partners Intel and Huawei, and Supporters Canon, Coates Hire, City of Sydney, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Google, Indeed, Jaguar, Oracle Liquid, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Sydney Opera House, Technical Direction Company and 32 Hundred Lighting.

The full Vivid Sydney media kit, 2016 program announcement video content, and high-res imagery, including 2016 Vivid Sydney light renders and footage of 2015 festival highlights, is available at www.vividsydney.com/media-centre [http://www.vividsydney.com/media-centre].

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