Vivid Sydney 2018 Festival Program Announced

The world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney returns in 2018 with a spectacular new precinct at Luna Park, the return of much-loved Customs House, and a fantastical blend of everyday objects and Australian-inspired motifs on the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall said, “Vivid Sydney has delighted and inspired people from around Australia and the world. With the Festival now in its 10th year, visitors and locals alike can once again expect to be mesmerised by the Vivid Sydney program, with larger installations and a gripping Music and Ideas offering, so I encourage visitors to start planning their trip early to get the most out of this year’s exciting line-up.

“Over 23 nights from Friday 25 May to Saturday 16 June, Vivid Sydney will paint the Harbour City in the colour and spectacle of Vivid Light, take over Sydney stages with Vivid Music’s electric performances and collaborations, and provide a global forum for thought-provoking debate and creative discussion at Vivid Ideas.”

Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW and in 2017, attracted a record-breaking 2.33 million attendees to Vivid Sydney, delivering an incredible $143 million of visitor expenditure into the NSW economy.

For the first time, Vivid Sydney’s dazzling Light Walk extends to new precinct Luna Park Sydney, where the iconic amusement park comes alive with large-scale projection on the façade of Coney Island. The show celebrates the history, magic, creativity, engineering, fantasy and imagination that have come together to create millions of memories on this unique and special site.This year also marks the first time Luna Park’s iconic Ferris Wheel will be lit for the festival following an LED refit, which has included a massive boost in the number of lights adorning the wheel.

Vivid Sydney’s bright lights will illuminate the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney again in 2018, where visitors will follow a pathway that weaves through an exciting nocturnal environment inspired by nature. Here, Parrot Party inspired by the New Zealand Kea Parrot and the Australian Rainbow Lorikeet, comes alive as people gather, breaking into song and radiating colourful light. Aqueous will dazzle with its interactive landscape of meandering pathways of light, which will flow and glow in full illuminated interactivity, engaging visitors in collaborative play. The Bloom, a giant electric, metallic flower with petals adorned with mirrors that refract and reflect light, puts you in the centre of the flower capturing the perfect photo moment, and He’e nalu gives the joyous sensation of surfing a wave.

In celebration of their 100 year anniversary, May Gibbs’ iconic and immortal characters, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and their stalwart companions come to life on the façade of Customs House, as they journey through the Australian Bush and encounter the weird, the wonderful, and things quite unknown altogether. This whimsical piece will be narrated by renowned Australian film and television actress Noni Hazlehurst AM, Patron of the Australian Children’s Laureate, and beloved by Play School devotees far and wide.

All eyes turn to the World-Heritage listed Sydney Opera House at the centre of the Vivid Light Walk for Lighting of the Sails, created in 2018 by award-winning Australian artist Jonathan Zawada. Visitors will be captivated by Metamathemagical, a bold and dynamic display of morphing digital sculptures inspired by recognisable Australian motifs across science, nature and culture.

Sydney’s iconic buildings will once again be transformed, including the façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) with Virtual Vibration, a highly-collaborative creative work produced in conjunction with MCA Collection artist Jonny Niesche and composer Mark Pritchard. Interactive lighting display Skylark will let visitors put their own colourful mark on the city, stretching from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the skyscrapers of Circular Quay to the reaches of Sydney Harbour.

Network Ten and MasterChef Australia will bring a magical experience to the façade of the ASN Co. Building in The Rocks, in celebration of both Masterchef and Vivid Sydney’s 10th Birthday with Mystery Gâteau. Mini construction-worker chefs will guide you on a journey of fun and wonderment, with the famous MasterChef clock ticking down to the final extraordinary surprise.

Popular precincts Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Kings Cross will return in 2018.
Festival favourites from last year are back along with a whole new mob of fierce, fantastic, quirky and endearing species for Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild. Visitors will discover some new spectacular animal light sculptures, and learn how Taronga is working to help save 10 species from extinction over the next 10 years.

An art-meets-technology water fountain, light and laser experience takes Darling Harbour visitors into a dream-like dive under the ocean, while the iconic rooftop of the Australian National Maritime Museum will be projected with BBC Earth and Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II, exploring the fascinating world beneath the waves.

A pop-up market inspired by the colourful neighbourhood street markets of Brazil, built from scaffold and recycled materials and lit by lasers will transform the Chatswood CBD. The Concourse will take visitors on an immersive, deep dive into space featuring NASA’s amazing imagery and 360-degree projection.

Barangaroo glows under layers of light and sound that evoke the surrounding waterways, with the precinct coming to life through the magnificent art of puppetry with a breathtaking, giant luminescent creature venturing along the waterfront in a theatrical display of sound and light.

Precinct contributor Coca-Cola returns to light up the streets of Sydney’s iconic Kings Cross and to support another KX program in 2018. The colourful strip along Darlinghurst Road will be transformed with a spectacular display of light and life. The famous Coca-Cola sign comes alive again in 2018 with an array of flair and a creative colour show. Other Vivid KX transformations include the historic Victorian Terrace; World Bar, which will unfurl a multi-story house party, and the renowned Kings Cross Hotel, which will host cutting-edge artists curated by legendary party-crews.

Vivid Music ups the ante in 2018 with an electric line-up, from noise to jazz, sonic experimentation to soul. Highlights include a one-night-only performance by Grammy award-winning rock-goddess St. Vincent, and the return of Curve Ball headlined by Alison Wonderland – a large-scale live music and art event created by the team behind Field Day, Harbourlife and Listen Out – both at Carriageworks.

The City Recital Hall returns to the program, tracking the extraordinary rise in jazz with the Innovators In Jazz series featuring the undisputed king, triple Grammy award-winner saxophonist Branford Marsalis.The world’s finest jazz vocalists including Kurt Elling and chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux, will line up alongside Orange is the New Black star Lea Delaria in her musical comedy, jazz interpretation show.

Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House hosts a stellar line-up of Australian exclusives as part of Vivid Sydney, including several Opera House debuts. Highlights this year include American dream-pop icons Mazzy Star, the godfather of West Coast rap Ice Cube, acclaimed 90s indie rock singer/songwriter Cat Power, Grammy award-winning artist Solange, and the long-awaited collaboration between iconic Australian artists Daniel Johns and Luke Steele.

Now in its 4th year as part of Vivid Sydney, Heaps Gay struts uptown to Sydney Town Hall for an unmissable experience, the inaugural Qween’s Ball. Other not-to-be missed events include Young Hearts Run Free and one of Australia’s most exciting breakthrough artists performing at the Enmore Theatre, Vera Blue.

As architects of the future, it’s time to join the masterminds and creative catalysts at Vivid Ideas for inspiration. Vivid Ideas provides a forum to workshop, collaborate and cultivate fresh thinking to drive the creative agenda across tech, design, entertainment and culture. Vivid Ideas returns in 2018 with some of the world’s greatest minds as we explore the future-shaping scenarios that will define our lives.

Vivid Ideas 2018 showcases those who are leading the way in technology, creativity and science. Game Changers and Creative Catalysts this year include film-maker, marine explorer and conservationist James Cameron. In a Vivid Sydney exclusive, James will explore his passion for science and technology, and how it has influenced his work as a film director and environmentalist. James will be joined in conversation by Adam Spencer, while in Sydney to open the James Cameron – Challenging the Deep exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Australian global success story Dare Jennings – founder of Mambo Clothing, Phantom Records and Deus ex Machina – joins his good friend James Valentine to discuss creating cult brands that cut across age and lifestyles as well the joys of throwing out the rule book.

Futurist and game developer, Jane McGonigal can prove games have the power transform our real world lives. She and Artificial Intelligence expert Kriti Sharma join Vivid Ideas to explore the latest in AI, VR and gaming to ask what kind of society we can create with technology.

Visual strategist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and co-founder of the Museum of Awe, Dan Goods joins the Vivid Ideas Creative Catalysts line-up to explore how creativity and science interplay and why NASA has a virtual strategist.

The New Horizons series explores the mega-trends and micro-developments in technology and innovation, and shines a light on experts tackling the biggest issues with creativity in a bid to make our future brighter. Topics include Future Fashion, Algae is the New Black, Blockchain Decoded and Evolving Democracy.

Over three successive Wednesdays, Vivid Sydney will take over the Art Gallery of NSW to create an intimate portrait of our better selves. Our special guests dare to ask if we can improve dying, how we can find common ground when and where there’s conflict, and why we should nudge perceptions around female sexuality. These events will be accompanied by curated music from Goldheist, Air Land Sea and Haiku Hands.

The Vivid Ideas Exchange at the Museum of Contemporary Art returns, boasting a diverse line-up of talks presented by creative experts covering topics including the future of work, the ethics of humanising technology and how to become agents for change.

Source: VIVID Sydney


JOEL CREASEY TO HOST SEVEN'S TAKE ME OUT

The cheekiest, boldest worldwide phenomenon dating series – TAKE ME OUT – has hooked up with Australia’s Crown Prince of Comedy, the irreverent and sassy JOEL CREASEY.

Channel Seven announced today, Creasey’s outrageous wit and charmingly controversial style of comedy will play perfect host to what is soon to be the most outrageously funny dating series on television.

“Across the world, Take Me Out is just so much ridiculous fun; a hilarious and wild ride. Take Me Out is like a front row seat to the awkward moment when a guy walks up to a woman at a bar. Pass me the popcorn… and something alcoholic, waiter!” said Creasey.

“I’ve had my fair share of bad dates, and I know how important it is to kick it off right… on national TV, in front of a live crowd! I can’t wait to help Australians strike that match and let the love in on Take Me Out. I also can’t wait to make my debut on Channel Seven! Joel Creasey on Channel Seven? Watch out Kochie… I’m coming in hot!”

Jonathon Summerhayes, Director of Programming, FremantleMedia Australia, said “There is no one like Joel Creasey hosting on Australian television. He is outrageous, lightning-fast and whip-smart, just like the show itself. Take Me Out with Joel at the helm will have a totally fresh, edgy energy and his ability to relate to the singles will shine. He’s the perfect modern matchmaker.”

One of the hottest comedians in the world, the 27-year-old has hosted big television events including the prestigious Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala and Just For Laughs. In the world of stand-up, Creasey has sold out tours across Australia, the UK, Asia and the USA.

Now as host of Take Me Out, Creasey is desperate to find spontaneous, vivacious and outgoing dateless girls and guys, over the age of 18, ready for a whole lot of love and laughs, and prepared to do whatever it takes for an exotic weekend escape with their dream date.

To be part of the love and the fun, head to takemeoutaustralia.com.au

TAKE ME OUT is a FremantleMedia Australia production for Channel Seven.

Source: Channel Seven


Sydney wins a golden ticket! - CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY to open in January 2019

Roald Dahl’s treasured tale is now Australia’s Golden Ticket! It has been announced that Australian theatre producers John Frost, Craig Donnell, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Langley Park Productions and Neal Street Productions will be bringing the spectacular new musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in January 2019.

Step inside a world of pure imagination. Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film including “Pure Imagination”, “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket”, alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray.

“Sydney has a huge treat in store next summer, and it’s a magical concoction ready to satisfy any sweet tooth looking for a golden ticket. The world fell in love with Roald Dahl’s bewitching tale when the book was released, then filmgoers adored the 1971 film with Gene Wilder. Now prepare to be enchanted by the story once again on stage,” said John Frost. “I’m thrilled to bring this captivating production to Australia for the first time.”

“I fell in love with Charlie and Willy Wonka on Broadway last year, and can’t wait to share it with Australian audiences,” added Craig Donnell. “The pure joy on the faces of the audience, which ranged from 8 to 80, was wonderful to see. I know Australia will love this wonderful show as much as I do.”

The Australian premiere has been secured exclusively for Sydney by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW and will be a major drawcard for visitors to NSW.

“The popularity of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is enduring and we’re thrilled to secure the Australian premiere of the latest stage adaptation exclusively for NSW,” said Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall.

“We know musicals are a major driver of tourism. More than 76,000 overnight visitors are expected to travel to Sydney for the Australian premiere of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, generating an estimated $37 million in visitor spend.”

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is perhaps Roald Dahl’s best-known story and has proved to be one of the most enduring children’s books of all time. The story of Charlie Bucket, the five Golden Tickets, the Oompa-Loompas and the amazing Willy Wonka has become firmly embedded in our culture since it was first published in 1964. Conservative estimates suggest the original book has sold over 20 million copies worldwide; it is now available in 55 languages.

Roald Dahl began working on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 1961, but its origins can be traced all the way back to Roald’s own childhood. In his autobiography, Boy, he tells us how, while at school in England, he and his fellow Repton students were engaged as ‘taste testers’ for a chocolate company – something that seems to have started him thinking about chocolate factories and inventing rooms long before Mr Wonka was on the scene. But when he came to write Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the story went through several drafts until the story as we now know it was released in 1964.

Dahl wrote the screenplay for the film release of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. It was a process that came with some difficulties, but the film went on to become a classic, with its now-iconic depictions of many of the story’s key elements, from Golden Tickets to Everlasting Gobstoppers. In 2005, 15 years after Roald’s death, renowned filmmaker Tim Burton released his own adaptation of the book. His Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starred Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. In 2010 The Golden Ticket, an opera based on the story composed by Peter Ash with libretto by Donald Sturrock, premiered in St Louis, USA. Then in 2013, a new musical production opened in London’s West End, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Douglas Hodge as Mr Wonka, where it ran for over three and a half years, with a reworked version opening on Broadway in April 2017 directed by Jack O’Brien.

 

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features direction by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien, music by Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award winners Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, a book by Artistic Director of Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum theatre David Greig, choreography by Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse, and includes additional songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley from the 1971 Warner Bros motion picture. Scenic and costume design is by five-time Tony Award nominee Mark Thompson, lighting design by four-time Tony Award nominee Japhy Weideman, sound design by Andrew Keister, projection design by Jeff Sugg, puppet and illusion design by Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Basil Twist, and music supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck.

Now it’s Australia’s chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before – get ready for the Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!

Waitlist now for tickets at CharlieTheMusical.com.au 

Source: CharlieTheMusical


Solange announced as first Vivid Live artist

The Sydney Opera House today announced that Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, artist and activist Solange Knowles will perform her acclaimed breakthrough album, A Seat at the Table, for the first time in Australia exclusively at Vivid LIVE in June as part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

For four nights only, the young R&B queen will fill the Opera House Concert Hall with her superb voice and unique aesthetic, including cinematic sets and spectacular dancers.

Solange will perform in the round, offering audiences a 360° view of her cutting-edge choreography and bold staging. The performances, as part of Vivid LIVE, mark Solange’s debut at the Sydney Opera House and are her only scheduled 2018 Australian shows.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall, said: “Each year, the Harbour City showcases the most exceptional talent in light, music and ideas. This year, as part of Vivid Sydney’s 10th anniversary, we are delighted that Solange will headline Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House. I encourage all music fans to start planning their trip to Sydney to see this incredible performer when she debuts her critically-acclaimed album at these four exclusive Sydney performances”

Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Music and Vivid LIVE Curator, Ben Marshall, said: “Solange Knowles is having her moment on the world stage right now. With A Seat At The Table’s exploration of black American identity, empowerment and the complexities of black womanhood, she is at the molten-hot intersection of effortlessly cool music and thoughtful activism. Solange’s brilliance in combining spectacular performance with politically-charged music to create a precisely choreographed, fun and riveting neo-soul show, points to the future of R&B.”

“She is the perfect artist, in every sense of the word, to occupy centre-stage at Vivid LIVE, this year celebrating 10 years of ambitious and rigorous contemporary music taking over the Sydney Opera House. Catch this rare, dazzling appearance of Solange while you can; she is the artist 2018 needs.”

The release of Solange’s third album, which she co-produced with legendary musician and bandleader Raphael Saadiq, catapulted her to R&B stardom in 2016. A Seat at the Table charted #1 on the Billboard 200, earned a Grammy award for Best R&B Performance and was named best album of 2016 by Pitchfork, Spin and Vibe.

“It already seems like a document of historical significance,” Pitchfork said of the album. “Not just for its formidable musical achievements but for the way it encapsulates black cultural and social history with such richness, generosity, and truth.”

Since her debut album Solo Star in 2002, Solange has continued to refine her unique sound, blending jazz, funk, electronica and R&B/soul elements in Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams released in 2008, followed by her True EP in 2012. Now with her fourth release, A Seat at the Table, Solange has created a sonic landscape that redefines R&B as we know it both musically and lyrically.

The ballot for Solange’s exclusive Vivid Sydney performances follows sold-out ballots to see world-class shows including Morrissey (2015), Kraftwerk’s 3D Catalogue retrospective (2013), and Anohni’s immersive and sense-shifting Hopelessness (2016). Now in its 10th year, Vivid LIVE’s commitment to present the most ambitious and innovative local and international talent through one-off commissions and exclusive performances is stronger than ever. The full program for Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House will be announced mid-March with the full Vivid Sydney program.

WHEN:8:00PM, Friday 1 June, Saturday 2 June, Sunday 3 June and Monday 4 June
WHERE:Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
TICKETS:Premium tickets $137* *plus booking fee
A Reserve $119*
B Reserve $109*
C Reserve $99*
D Reserve $79*

Source: Vivid Live


The Good Doctor is headed Down Under

Freddie Highmore will put down his clipboard and stethoscope and wave goodbye to his patients and colleagues at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital to slip on some board shorts, a t-shirt and a pair of thongs to say G’day to Australia on Friday, March 9.

This is a first time visit to our shores for the highly regarded actor, who is looking forward to staying in Australia before travelling to New Zealand for further press commitments.

“With this being my first trip to Australia, I’m very much looking forward to exploring a country that I have always dreamed of visiting,” says Highmore.

“I am likewise excited to meet all those who have so warmly embraced The Good Doctor. Thanks for having me!”

Recently receiving a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Dr. Shaun Murphy in THE GOOD DOCTOR, the 26-year-old actor plays a gifted, young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome who relocates from a quiet country life to join the paediatric surgical unit at the prestigious San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital.

Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun struggles as he deals with the traditional social interaction in the workplace, but is brilliantly intuitive when it comes to medical diagnosis. He uses his extraordinary medical skills to save lives and challenge the scepticism of his colleagues.

Currently 13 episodes into season one of this incredibly popular medical drama, THE GOOD DOCTOR just wrapped filming season one in Vancouver, Canada.

Freddie hails from the United Kingdom, and prior to THE GOOD DOCTOR was best known for his role in the US television drama Bates Motel. He has also worked in films since he was child, starring alongside Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet in Finding Neverland. 

THE GOOD DOCTOR returns to Seven on Tuesday, February 27 at 9.00pm.

Source: Seven