The Vivid Sydney Line-Up for 2019 Has Been Announced!

Vivid Sydney is back to take over the city with lights and music from May 24 to June 15, and after teasing their music line-up by announcing shows by Rüfüs Du Sol and The Cure, they’re dropped the whole damn thing today. Click through for more details. All photos by Trong Nguyen

Vivid Sydney has unveiled its 2019 program and it’s no stretch of the imagination to say that it’s looking better than ever.

Running from 24 May until 15 June 2019, it features all the lights, arts and music that the festival has become known for. It also features a new program: Vivid School.

This is a dedicated four-day program for high school students to meet and learn from Vivid Light creators and to be inspired to create their own installations.

Vivid Lights

Avid Vivid lovers will be happy to hear that all our favourite precincts and light displays have returned to the festival this year. This includes the iconic light displays at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Customs House as well as Taronga Zoo’s Lights For The Wild and, of course, the Lighting of the Sails at the Opera House.

This year’s display is called Austral Floral Ballet and comes from Chinese-American artist Andrew Thomas Huang and animation design team Bemo. His work combines Australian natives with animation and dance to deliver a “ballet” of floral movement across the sails.

Vivid LIVE

Earlier this year it was announced that The Cure and Rüfüs Du Sol would headline Vivid LIVE. Now, Vivid Sydney has revealed the rest of the festival’s line up.

Australian exclusives at the Opera House include Underworld for a four-night residency in the Concert Hall and Briggs’ Bad Apples House Party for one night only.

Herbie Hancock, FKA Twigs, Teyana Taylor, Maggie Rogers, Kelsey Lu amongst a host of others will also be performing.

Vivid Ideas

This year’s Vivid Ideas brings 23 days and nights of talks, workshops and forums. Perhaps one of the biggest names to grace the stage is Spike Lee. He’ll be chatting about a variety of things including personal politics and movie-making as part of the Game Changer Series.

Vivid will also take over the Art Gallery of NSW’s Art After Hours throughout the festival on Wednesdays. Like much of Vivid, it’s a free event that boasts a line-up of talks and music and gives you the chance to wander the museum after the crowds have disappeared. The talks start at 6.30pm while the music runs from 7.30-8.30pm.

Vivid Festival runs from May 24 to June 15. Check out the full program here.

All photos by Trong Nguyen.