coexVivid Sydney, the largest fest­iv­al of light, music and ideas in the South­ern Hemi­sphere, will ignite the Har­bour City from­Fri­day 24 May to Sat­urday 15 June 2019 as it enters a new dec­ade of innov­a­tion and cre­ativ­ity with an inspir­ing and star-stud­ded pro­gram of events.

Des­tin­a­tion NSW CEO and Exec­ut­ive Pro­du­cer — Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “Australia’s most loved and awar­ded fest­iv­al, now in its elev­enth year, will bring togeth­er light artists, music makers and bril­liant minds to show­case Sydney as the cre­at­ive indus­tries hub of the Asia-Pacific.

“This year’s Vivid Sydney pro­gram is bold, excit­ing and diverse, offer­ing some­thing for every­one so I encour­age those who want to exper­i­ence this unmiss­able event to start plan­ning their trip now.”


Vivid Sydney spot­lights the city’s live music cul­ture by both bring­ing in influ­en­tial over­seas acts and pla­cing a firm focus on loc­al tal­ent, this year’s line-up is set to impress.

Dynam­ic elec­tron­ic act RÜFÜS DU SOL and genre-bend­ing pop­star FKA Twigs head­line this year’s Car­riage­works pro­gram while the ware­house party of the year, Curve Ball cur­ated by Fuzzy Events returns fea­tur­ing Hay­den James, Touch Sens­it­ive and Mallrat.

The City Recit­al Hall presents four music­ally diverse high­lights includ­ing Aus­trali­an music legend Paul Kelly and lead­ing Aus­trali­an com­poser James Ledger per­form­ing thir­teen new songs and sound­scapes inspired by birds, pop-darling Kate Miller-Heidke, inter­na­tion­ally acclaimed pian­ists ZOFOand Con­cer­tos on Fire.

Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House cel­eb­rates artists at the cut­ting edge of their genre and vis­ion­ar­ies who cre­ate on their own terms. Brit­ish altern­at­ive rock pion­eers The Cure mark the 30th anniversary of their land­mark album Dis­in­teg­ra­tion with four sold-out Aus­trali­an exclus­ive per­form­ances.

Their com­pat­ri­ots, UK elec­tron­ic titans Under­world are set to trans­form the Con­cert Hall into a euphor­ic dance floor with four exclus­ive shows, while rising Amer­ic­an synth-pop star Mag­gie Rogers makes her Sydney Opera House debut bring­ing her sin­gu­lar fusion of melod­ic folk and per­cuss­ive beats to show­case her incred­ible new record, Heard It in a Past Life. Acclaimed sing­er song­writer Shar­on Van Etten also sails in for an elec­tri­fy­ing one-night-only per­form­ance and legendary jazz ground-break­er Herbie Hancock’s only Sydney show will be unmiss­able.


This year’s Light Walk sees over 50 radi­ant works cur­ated into the largest out­door gal­lery of its kind in the South­ern Hemi­sphere, stretch­ing for more than three kilo­metres.

In a part­ner­ship first, Academy-Award win­ning Pix­ar Anim­a­tion Stu­di­os will illu­min­ate Sydney’s her­it­age-lis­ted Argyle Cut in The Rocks with a cre­at­ive light pro­jec­tion that will delight vis­it­ors of all ages as they are trans­por­ted through a visu­al feast of behind-the scenes art­work and the evol­u­tion of icon­ic anim­a­tion. The return of the Argyle Cut to the Vivid Light pro­gram will be a huge draw­card for fest­iv­al goers fea­tur­ing the cap­tiv­at­ing char­ac­ters of Pix­ar films, includ­ing the beloved duo of Woody and Buzz Lightyear.

For this year’s eagerly anti­cip­ated Light­ing of the Sails, Los Angeles-based Chinese Amer­ic­an artist-film­maker Andrew Thomas Huang present­sAus­tral Flora Bal­let. This hyp­not­ic trib­ute to Australia’s exquis­ite nat­ive plants and flowers incor­por­ates a dancer’s move­ments in response to the sen­su­ous arcs of the Sydney Opera House’s sil­hou­ette.

Vis­it­ors can once again weave their way through the Roy­al Botan­ic Garden Sydney for close encoun­ters with illu­min­ated art­works that reflect and refract both light and nature. Glow­ing, dart­ing, hov­er­ing above the ground, Fire­fly Field is a mes­mer­ising install­a­tion of 500 fly­ing light points that sim­u­late the aer­i­al bal­let of these tiny noc­turn­al lampyrid­ae.

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Vivid Ideas brings to Sydney 23 days and nights of talks, hands-on work­shops and industry shap­ing for­ums delving into the mean­ing of love, loneli­ness and belong­ing in our fast-paced, ever-con­nec­ted lives.

This year’s Game Changers chal­lenge assump­tions on race and rela­tion­ships. Hol­ly­wood trail­blazer Spike Lee opens up about his per­son­al polit­ics, story-craft and tips for mak­ing movies that mat­ter, while icon­ic psy­cho­ther­ap­ist and cre­at­or of the wildly pop­u­lar pod­cast Where Should We Begin?Esther Per­el invest­ig­ates mod­ern love in the digit­al age and looks at the ways rela­tion­ships are being affected by tech­no­logy.

The New Hori­zons series tunes into sig­nals from the future. High­lights include Future of Sex research­er and pod­cast cre­at­or Bry­ony Cole chart­ing the fron­ti­ers of sex­tech, Marc Fen­nell explor­ing loneli­ness and how and why many people in Japan feel over­worked and under­sexed, and Eileen Ormsby shines a chilling light into the dark under­belly of the web. Sci­ent­ists and research­ers from UTS, the ABC and CSIRO will also shed light on what’s com­ing next in AI and eth­ics, space explor­a­tion and more.

In The Mark Colv­in Con­ver­sa­tion: Net Worth, Pulitzer prize win­ner author Sebasti­an Smee, psy­cho­lo­gist Jocelyn Brew­er and artist and author Holly Throsby look at the value of an ‘inner life’ and ask what price we’ll pay for our con­stant digit­al dis­trac­tion.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.