Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring many of the world’s most important creative industry forums, a mesmerising free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures, a cutting edge contemporary music program and the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.
Now in its tenth year, the spectacular 3-week Festival includes 100 light sculptures and projections, and 300 events.
Vivid projections are open and lit up every night of the Festival until 11pm, until June 16.
‘Eora: Broken Spear’ on the Sydney Harbour Bridge
A projection work that pays tribute to the country that we live on and its original custodians. The title is a reflection on the actions of peace-seeking members of the Indigenous Australian community responding to first contact with Europeans and western invasion. While some raised spears in defense, a knowledge keeper carried a spear with a broken tip, which is a sign of peace and respect.
THE LIGHTHOUSES in the Royal Botanic Garden
Produced by more than 100 regional TAFE NSW students, the lighthouses, which incorporate Aboriginal perspectives, illuminate a pathway through the gardens inspired by the role the lighthouse played in Australia’s history in welcoming successive waves of immigrants to our shores.
MARRI DYIN in Barangaroo
Marri Dyin (meaning ‘Great Woman’ in the indigenous Eora language) is a giant luminescent puppet ceberating the influence and importance of the First Nations women, including Barangaroo, a Cammeraygal leader of the Eora Nation who lived in Sydney prior to settlement. Marri Dyin represents their strength and spirit, and acknowledges the ways of the First Nations people of this land as she hunts and gathers the seasonal foods available.
Marri Dyin sits and contemplates beside the fire at her campsite each night. She hunts and gathers along Wulugul Walk from Thursday – Sunday evenings.
UNDER THE MILKY WAY in Darling Harbour
Under the Milky Way at the Tumbalong Lights Inclusive Playspace, tells the story of Warambul – the Big River in the Sky. It is about discovering the Milky Way through Indigenous astronomy as told by the Kamilaroi and Euahlayi people. Designers Pink Cactus and Spiire are committed to both cultural and environmental inclusion. Under the Milky Way has been designed in partnership with Miss Karlie Noon, the first Indigenous astronomer in NSW to tell the story of the Milky Way.
SOURCE: Vivid Sydney