Sydney Is On Fire

27 May 2009

On fire with creativity that is.  Last night Sydney’s new multi-week, multi-event smorgasbord of creativity exploded on the city as part of “Vivid” – the largest lights, music and ideas festival in the Southern Hemisphere.  The festival is a playground of stimulation and inspiration for any creative mind, turning city monuments such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and more into canvases for lights of all varieties to come to life.  Here are some of the highlights:

Luminous.  The ambient maniac superstar Brian Eno has been let loose on the city, with amazing light and art installations appearing in his wake.  Visuals that make your head spin and your brain in need of a scratch to fully take in the views all around you.

Fire Water.  This one I can’t wait for, it’s an artistic recreation of the 1814 story of a convict ship – The Three Bees – that exploded into flames right on the harbour.  The event promises “fire sculptures, floating lanterns, light installations” and some amazing visual feasts re-enacting the explosion.  Yes, this one you have to grab some popcorn and a front row seat by the harbour.

Smart Light Sydney.  Crazy light sculptures, projections and more advanced technology used in clever and unique ways will illuminate various parts of Sydney with works from all over the world coming down under.

Creative Sydney.  This is an extensive lecture series with lectures/events hosted by a mixed bag of people from various backgrounds and philosophies all doing their best to showcase the brilliance of the creative community in Sydney.  After hosting last year’s event I’m thrilled to just be an attendee of what will no doubt be an incredible series of conversations.

As Europe is celebrating an entire year of Creativity and Innovation it’s great that Sydney is also showing off the creative smarts of the city.  If only every city around the world would showcase the power of creativity, just think of the world we’d create.

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