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Vivid Sydney is back for 2022, and these are the events and performances you can’t miss

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As Vivid Sydney returns in 2022, there’s plenty happening across the city to keep you entertained and occupied across the festival. Running from May 27 to June 18, and with so much to see, we’ve compiled a handy guide of the highlights of 2022’s Vivid Sydney performances.

Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House

Taking place from May 27 through to June 18, Vivid LIVE takes over the Opera House transforming the world famous building both inside and out. Featuring more than 70 Australian and international artists, the event is presented across six Opera House venues and across its iconic sails.

The Opera House’s Head of Contemporary Music and LIVE Curator Ben Marshall says the event has been a privilege to put together and reflects the changes Sydney has gone through as a city over the last two years.

“It’s clear that Sydney isn’t the same city it was in 2019, or 2020, or even last year,” explains Marshall. “In 2022, we are all feeling the deep communal need to experience art and live concerts together.

“This year’s Vivid LIVE artists reflect the international scale and ambition of Sydney’s soul. From Paul Kelly’s exclusive residency with Thelma Plum, and the incredible impact of Sampa The Great, to the remarkable event put together by BLESSED.

“It’s an honour to be staging the world premiere of Nils Frahm’s new performance, and Hermitude will finally let rip outside on the harbour.”

Opera House venues for the event include the Northern Boardwalk, Joan Sutherland Theatre, Drama Theatre, Utzon Room and Studio.

Tickets to Vivid LIVE can be purchased here.

International Music at Carriageworks

In a globe-traversing lineup, Carriageworks is set to explode with sound across June 2 ­– 11 in a visionary international music program as part of Vivid Sydney. Performers include indie singer Perfume Genius (United States), pop act Chai (Japan), Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Cate Le Bon (Wales) amongst other international and local talent, including Perth’s dark-pop powerhouse Alter Boy.

Elsewhere in the program, Carriageworks resident company Performance Space will present Live Dreams –three evenings of performance and experimental art, from across the Asia-Pacific. Alongside this, Soft Centre are set to bring their blend of experimental sound, live A/V performance and large-scale light installation to Carriageworks for a one-day festival of art and music that taking over the entire precinct.

Carriageworks CEO Blair French says the festival is a key part of Sydney’s cultural offerings.

“While the past two years have challenged the industry – both in Australia and overseas – live contemporary music remains a key feature and major drawcard for the Sydney cultural experience,” explains French. "Carriageworks’ Vivid Sydney program, curated by Tom Supple, aims to welcome back audiences to share in the spirit of a reconnected world – highlighting diverse artists from home and abroad.”

Tickets for the event are now available for purchase.


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Dining at Vivid 2022

Aria has joined forces with Acid Flwrs to create a visual experience for guests during Vivid Sydney. Incredible floral installations will bedeck the venue, including Aria's table settings which will be switched up for Maison Balzac decor and even an inclusion from artist Domus Vin.

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