VIVID Sydney 2016 is set to host the world premiere of the Bjork Digital virtual reality exhibition.
The annual Vivid Sydney winter event in the Australian city combines light installations, music venues and creative conferences and this year will begin on May 27 and run for 23 nights, the longest Vivid Sydney in the festival's eight- year history.
Last year it attracted a record 1.7 million visitors. Among this year's highlights are a brand new, virtual reality exhibition, Bjork Digital; a performance by New Order and a conference session with Jenji Kohan, creator of Orange Is The New Black.
Vivid Sydney takes place across three categories "Vivid Light," "Vivid Music" and "Vivid Ideas."
Vivid Light will feature over 80 large- scale light installations and artworks throughout the city. For the first time at Vivid Sydney, the sails of the Sydney Opera House will celebrate the work of Australia's indigenous artists with a projection entitled "Songlines."
Vivid Music will feature a line- up of 42 performances scheduled throughout the festival. The world premiere of Bjork Digital, a new virtual reality exhibition from the Icelandic artiste set across five spaces, will feature new, 360- degree virtual reality videos. To celebrate the opening of Bjork Digital, Bjork will curate a music event and deejay with special guests in Sydney. Other highlights will include performances by pop legends New Order, Bon Iver and Esperenza Spalding at the Sydney Opera House.
Vivid Ideas hosts entrepreneurs and creative thinkers and features a series of conferences and debates around the business of innovation and imagination. The 8th annual Vivid Sydney is managed and produced by the New South Wales Government's tourism and events agency, Destination NSW.
The festival takes place from May 27 to June 18. For more info, visit ( www.vividsydney.com). – AFP Relaxnews