Syd­ney glows

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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.vividsyd­ – AFP Re­laxnews

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