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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Sydney's colourful Vivid Festival returns for a 10th year

The world's largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney, will return in 2018 with a spectacular new precinct at Luna Park, the return of the much-loved Customs House, and a blend of everyday objects and Australian-inspired motifs on the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Vivid will run over 23 nights from May 25 to June 16 and will paint Australia's largest city in the colour and spectacle of Vivid Light, take over Sydney stages with Vivid Music's electric performances and collaborations, and provide a global forum for thought-provoking debate and creative discussion at Vivid Ideas.

Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by the NSW Government's tourism and major events agency Destination NSW and in 2017 attracted a record-breaking 2.33 million attendees.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall said in a mind-numbingly dull press release: "Vivid Sydney has delighted and inspired people from around Australia and the world. With the festival now in its 10th year, visitors and locals alike can once again expect to be mesmerised by the Vivid Sydney program, with larger installations and a gripping Music and Ideas offering, so I encourage visitors to start planning their trip early to get the most out of this year's exciting line-up."

For the first time, Vivid Sydney's light walk will extend to a new precinct at Luna Park Sydney, where the iconic amusement park comes alive with large-scale projection on the facade of Coney Island. 

The show will celebrate the history, magic, creativity, engineering, fantasy and imagination that have come together to create millions of memories on the site. Luna Park's iconic ferris wheel will be lit for the festival following an LED refit.

Vivid Sydney's bright lights will also illuminate the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney again in 2018.

In celebration of their 100-year anniversary, May Gibbs' iconic and immortal characters, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and their stalwart companions will come to life on the façade of Customs House, while, as usual, all eyes will turn towards the World-Heritage listed Sydney Opera House at the centre of the Vivid Light Walk for Lighting of the Sails, to be created in 2018 by award-winning Australian artist Jonathan Zawada.

Other buildings which will once again be transformed, including the facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) with Virtual Vibration.

Popular precincts Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Kings Cross will all return in 2018.

Vivid Music ups the ante in 2018 with an electric line-up, from noise to jazz, sonic experimentation to soul. Highlights include a one-night-only performance by Grammy award-winning St. Vincent, as well as jazz maestro Branford Marsalis and chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux.

Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House will host a stellar line-up. Highlights this year include American pop icons Mazzy Star, the "godfather" of West Coast rap Ice Cube and acclaimed '90s indie rock singer/songwriter Cat Power. A line-up clearly put together by someone in their fifties or sixties.

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