In late May 2009 Sydney will be hosting the biggest light, music and ideas festival in the Southern Hemisphere. The festival, developed by Events NSW, will turn the Opera House, The Rocks, Circular Quay and the city centre into a “living canvas of music and light”. A preview:
- Luminous – Curated by “the father of ambient music” - Brian Eno, the “music, debate, light and performance” festival will present light and art installations, including Eno’s own 77 Million Paintings:
Harnessing ‘self-generating software’, three hundred of Eno’s hand-drawn images are cut-up and rearranged to form an infinite number of variations. Completely random, entirely original, constantly evolving, the results come to life on luminous screens in a brilliant display of colour, shape and form. To complete the experience, layers of ambient sound interweave to create a complete piece of music.
Luminous will also host a variety of public talks and musical performances featuring Battles, Ladytron, Reggie Watts, Laraaji, Karl Hyde and Jon Hopkins.
- Smart Light Sydney – Presenting some of the latest light sculptures from Australian and international artists and designers, the artworks rely entirely on smart technology, to “inspire innovative approaches that reduce energy consumption, reduce light wastage and revitalise urban spaces.”
- Creative Sydney – Highlighting Sydney’s creative offerings this idea festival is held within Circular Quay’s Museum of Contemporary Art and will host a number of public events showcasing:
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.
- Fire Water – This three-night event will recreate the 1814 story of the Three Bees convict ship, which exploded into flames in Campbells Cove. “Fire sculptures, light installations, music, floating lantern workshops, flame-grilled food from local restaurateurs and the dramatic burning of the Three Bees” will be on offer from June 12-14 at The Rocks.
Vivid Sydney runs from May 26th to June 14th, 2009.