June 1, 2021 | By Joyce DiMascio

Gill Minervini has created many spectacular public events and as Festival Director for the harbour city’s 12th Vivid Sydney, she’s promising to transport festivalgoers to a joyful playground of the unexpected.

Minervini says this year’s program delivers fresh and engaging content, bringing feelings of joy, wonder, discovery, hope and excitement to all who absorb it.

“This year the program reveals an incredibly rich and diverse line-up across our ever-evolving cultural landscape including Australia’s rich Aboriginal heritage, Sydney’s vibrant LGBTQI+ culture, and the incredible group of strong, empowered women who continue to ensure Vivid Sydney remains relevant globally.”

Vivid Light Curator Lucy Keeler says that all the installations are underpinned by meaning.

“That’s one of the greatest things about Vivid Sydney. With the huge diversity of artists represented, you’re getting a real mix of personal views and beliefs.

“Vivid Sydney’s light art collection demonstrates artists exploring the zeitgeist. This year a response to the themes of isolation, escapism and a need for greater human connection is prevalent,” she says.

This year’s Vivid Ideas Exchange will see over 60 events hosted at its new home – The Great Hall at the University of Technology Sydney – with talks, seminars, film screenings and special events designed to spark debate amongst the creative community.

Vivid Ideas Curator Tory Loudon says it’s never been more pertinent to celebrate the mavericks and misfits of the world.

“We want to embrace the quirks and kinks in society and inspire others to be brave and outspoken,” she says.

The third prong of the festival’s program, Vivid Music, will see 50 performances delivered across some surprising venues, including Parliament House, the Hyde Park Barracks and The Calyx in the Royal Botanic Garden, as well as at traditional festival hosts such as Carriageworks.

Vivid Music Curator Stephen Ferris says this year’s program is remaking the rules of engagement to continue to foster diversity, discovery and celebrate Sydney’s nightlife on a world stage.

“This year’s line-up is a musical smorgasbord spanning the full spectrum of music with everything from hip hop to electronica, jazz to funk, Indie Rock to DJs and everything in between, providing both venues and artists a platform to be heard, seen and experienced by new audiences,” he says.

The festival will also host a series of late night talks and performances for the first time, across several of the city’s major museums.

Vivid Sydney will run for 23 days and nights in five locations including Circular Quay, The Rocks, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour and Luna Park Sydney.

Image: Holi by Nuno Mayo/Ocubo | Credit: Destination NSW