The Vivid Sydney 2018 Roster Has Arrived And It’s Mind-Blowingly Good

Another year, another beyond incredible Vivid Sydney line-up.

The city’s annual celebration of light, music, culture, and ideas has unveiled the goods for its 2018 iteration, and the festival’s ten-year anniversary seems like it’ll be absolutely off tap.

From May 25 to June 16, Sydney folks can expect to see the precious Opera House lit up with work from Aussie artist Jonathan Zawada, drawing inspiration from all manner of excellent local iconography.

via Vivid Sydney

Luna Park will also host a massive projection, joining the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Kings Cross, Chatswood CBD, and Barangaroo as sites of intense illuminant beauty.

Adorably, Customs House will be slapped with a projection dedicated to Snugglepot and Cuddlepie to commemorate their 100-year anniversary; folks keen to partake in some more recent cultural phenomena may choose to dabble in the Master Chef-themed Mystery Gâteau experience on the façade of The Rocks’ ASN Co. Building.

via Vivid Sydney
via Vivid Sydney

St. Vincent, Ice Cube, Cat Power, and dream-pop legends Mazzy Star will be on deck to provide live tunes across the festival, bolstering the efforts of the long-awaited Solange. A shit-hot celebration of jazz, the collaborative efforts of Daniel Johns and Luke Steele, Vera Blue, Neil Finn, and the Alison Wonderland-headlined Curve Ball event will also be on offer.

Heaps Gay will hold its first-ever Qween’s Ball at Sydney Town Hall, boasting appearances from the Dreamtime Divas, a celebration of the city’s leather scene, and a combined performance from three vogue houses.

Stunningly, the Sydney Opera House will also play host to a night of nothing but Burial 12″s. Jørn Utzon would be stoked.

Director James Cameron will also be in town to discuss how science and technological innovation has influenced his work. His chat leads the Vivid Ideas roster, which will feature talks on topics like artificial intelligence, blockchain, cult fashion brands, the future of work, and the perceptions of female sexuality.

It’s honestly too much to detail here, but if you can somehow handle even more information about this absolutely stacked event, head aling to the Vivid Sydney site HERE.