Thank God for this, it’s exactly what the City of Sydney needs. Vivid Sydney, developed by Events NSW, will be the biggest international music and light festival in the Southern Hemisphere with the purpose of showcasing the city as a major creative hub in the Asia-Pacific region and celebrating the diversity of Sydney’s creative industries.
Luminous, the event’s musical drawcard will see Brian Eno curate a festival staged over consecutive nights at The Sydney Opera House with the likes of Battles, Ladytron, Damien Dempsey, Jon Hassell, Reggie Watts, Laraaji, Karl Hyde, Jon Hopkins and Lee “Scratch” Perry. Battles in the Opera House? Yes please!
Eno will launch Luminous with the lighting of the sails, transforming Utzon’s masterpiece into an artists’ canvas. The festival will also feature Eno’s image/sound installation, 77 Million Paintings – acclaimed at the Venice Biennale, this constantly evolving, totally original audio/visual experience will run throughout Luminous as a free event in the Studio.
Creative Sydney will be running at the same time and is a festival of ideas, centered around a series of public events that celebrate the wealth and diversity of Sydney’s creative talent.
Running for three weeks at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Circular Quay, Creative Sydney offers both a provocative discussion program and a wealth of showcases from the city’s emerging creative talents. Participants will include representatives from the full range of the city’s creative population – from the leading lights that have made their name on the world stage, to the next generation of creative talent working in warehouses, bedrooms and hidden spaces across the city.
Creative Sydney will also stage the inaugural Creative Futures Conference at Sydney Opera House, presented by Marcus Westbury – writer, broadcaster and Director of some of Australia’s most innovative, unconventional and successful cultural events. Creative Futures will gather together renowned local and international cultural figures to help us explore the opportunities and challenges that face the city’s creative community in 2009 and beyond.