Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson to curate Vivid Sydney

It’s official. New York City isn’t the only place where they say, “Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side…” because very soon, Lou Reed will be responsible for transforming Sydney too.

NSW Premier, the Hon. Kristina Keneally announced today that Reed, the American rock legend, and founder of the Velvet Underground, alongside his wife, experimental performance artist Laurie Anderson, would be given curatorial control of this years Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House, (Luminous Sydney as it was known in 2009).

The two-week festival of light, music and ideas, celebrating the world’s best contemporary artists and cultural interpreters will again take over Bennelong Point, from May 28 to June 11, as part of Vivid Sydney. Last year’s festival attracted 200,000 people to the Rocks and Circular Quay for lighting displays and art installations. It was tres beautiful and totally romantic, and I don’t know about you, but I got two dates and at least three pashes out of it.

Curating together for the first time, Anderson and Reed will draw on the worlds of music, dance, theatre and comedy, working with artists to ensure each night offers a unique experience.

“Some of the most fun festivals I’ve ever been at have that spirit of one night only”, Anderson said. “For me the point is to present a lot of things that you wouldn’t normally go to but gives people the chance to jump off their street. It will be kind of like a big crazy menu, it will have the things we like in it but it will definitely be really eclectic.”

Anderson and Reed may seem like left-of-field choices for curators, but then again, so was Brian Eno, and look what he came up with.

Stay updated with all the details and program of events here.

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