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Vivid Sydney has kicked off its 13th 12 months with a spectacular opening evening that included a robust Welcome to Nation, fireworks, beams throughout the harbour, drones and a really poignant Lighting of the Sails on the Sydney Opera Home.

The Welcome to Nation, curated by Vivid Sydney’s First Nations Advisor, Rhoda Roberts AO – First Gentle – included a call-in nation efficiency from artists representing many First Nations throughout completely different language teams, together with Yothu Yindi, Tenzin Choegyal, Chantel Cofie, and African drum and dance ensemble Wontanara. 

This particular ceremony marked the official opening of Vivid Sydney and featured a shock drone present by Australian Visitors Community to depend down the seconds to when the evening sky above Sydney’s glittering harbour, iconic landmarks and skyline was illuminated by explosions of technicolour brilliance. Concurrently, the Sydney Opera Home’s sails have been illuminated to characteristic the artworks of the late nice Australian artist John Olsen.

Australia’s largest occasion and the pioneer of light-based artwork and tradition festivals within the Asia-Pacific will run for the following 23 days. The competition will characteristic greater than 300 activations and occasions together with the world’s most revolutionary artists, proficient musicians and thought leaders as a part of its 2023 line-up, whose theme this 12 months, ‘Vivid Sydney, Naturally,’ is impressed by the grasp of all creators, Mom Nature.

Minister for Jobs and Tourism John Graham stated Vivid Sydney was way more than a light-weight competition and has expanded right into a world-class program shining a light-weight on all cultural features of town, and this 12 months, we’re proud to as soon as once more host world-leading inventive expertise. 

“Fourteen years in the past, Vivid Sydney launched for the primary time. Vivid Sydney was an opportunity to be mesmerised by mild reveals, music and a cultural story about this place. This competition, now the biggest in Australia, was forward of its time. In that first 12 months, an unbelievable 225,000 folks got here to see the present. Final 12 months, 2.6 million folks skilled Vivid Sydney,” Mr Graham stated.

“I’m wanting ahead particularly to Vivid Music – seeing our venues come alive with some unbelievable artists – it is without doubt one of the greatest applications so far. This 12 months, we add Vivid Meals- a smorgasbord of tasting and eating occasions constructing on certainly one of Sydney’s nice strengths, its meals and beverage tradition. Above all – between the lights, the music, the concepts, the meals – I hope you take pleasure in what’s on the coronary heart of this competition – Australia’s greatest – an opportunity to have fun collectively as a neighborhood.”

Vivid Sydney Competition Director Gill Minervini stated Vivid Sydney 2023 was the largest program within the competition’s historical past, and the opening evening was only a style of what is to come back over the 23 nights.

“Vivid Sydney is the unique competition of sunshine, artwork and tradition. This 12 months is the 13th time it has been staged and tonight’s spectacular opening is consultant of a competition that has come of age and developed to fulfill the wants of its viewers in 2023,” Ms Minervini stated.

“We’re actually happy with this 12 months’s program. We have now raised the bar on the dimensions and scale of the occasions and activated new elements of town. Our line-up options extra numerous expertise throughout extra industries. There are world-firsts and festival-firsts, and each free and ticketed occasions to make the competition accessible to everybody.

“I believe tonight has proven why audiences needs to be ready to be blown away by the calibre of expertise this 12 months and a program that has been impressed by the wonder and variety of nature. You don’t want to overlook Vivid Sydney 2023!”

Staged throughout Sydney’s metropolis centre, Vivid Sydney competition places embody Round Quay, the Sydney Opera Home, The Rocks, Walsh Bay, Barangaroo, King Road Wharf, Darling Harbour, Darling Quarter, Darling Sq., The Items Line, Central Station, the Royal Botanic Backyard Sydney, Wynyard Tunnels, Carriageworks, Taronga Zoo and extra.

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