it’s winter in sydney: a vivid, creative, biennale experience

This is your guide to the festivals of this Winter in Sydney.

Vivid Sydney and Creative Sydney are back for 2010, with programs aimed at enticing Sydneysiders out into the City during the bleak, cold (hot) winter months. Back this year as well is the 17th Biennale of Sydney.

Vivid Sydney 2010

Vivid Sydney 2010

Lighting the Sails

Perhaps the most stunning event is Lighting the Sails, where the sails of the Opera House is illuminated. Last year, Brian Eno’s work illuminated the sails. This year will feature the work of Vivid Sydney’s co-curators, American musicians Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed.

When: 18:00 to 23:59 (27 May – 20 June 2010)

Macquarie Visions

Last year’s walk around The Rocks and Circular Quay in thick jackets in pursuit of the light trail has changed for 2010. Macquarie Visions is the name of the light trail for 2010. Sydneysiders can expect to see theatric lighting of buildings along and around Macquarie Street, including St Mary’s Cathedral, Parliament House, Hyde Park Barracks, the NSW State Library and the Conservatorium of Music. The walk is estimated to take one hour.

When: 18:00 to 24:00 (27 May – 14 June 2010)

The Rocks Fire Water

Last year’s The Rocks Fire Water event featured a burning ship in Campbells Cove. There is an Indian spin this year as the performance retraces with lights and smoke the voyage of the Sydney Cove tall ship sent from Calcutta in 1797. Along the harbourside are specialty markets and fire sculptures.

When: 18:15, 19:15 and 20:15 (11-14 June 2010). Markets from 18:30

New York Genius

New York Genius is a collection of superstar photographs from the Magnum Photographic Archive curated by Lou Reed and digitally presented on the Western Forecourt of the Sydney Opera House.

When: 28 May – 11 June 2010

Biennale of Sydney 2010

Biennale of Sydney 2010

Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island will be overtaken by 120 artworks by 56 artists. Have a picnic or enjoy a coffee at the cafe whilst you enjoy the artworks across the island. Many site-specific works created in response to this location will be on show.

Free meticulously restored timber deck ferries will be commissioned for this event departing at 10:00 from the Commissioner’s Steps outside the Museum of Contemporary Art and arriving back at Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay. Ferries leave hourly on weekdays and half-hourly on weekends. Also, don’t miss out on the free tours of Cockatoo Island. Free tours from 11:30 and 13:30 weekdays, with extra 12:30 and 14:30 weekends. A booking is required for the free ‘mystery’ tour at 11:30 every Saturday.

When: 10:00-17:00 (12 May – 1 August 2010)

Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay

Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay will contain 11 works from 3 artists about maritime history, trade and ships.

When: 10:00-17:00 (12 May – 1 August 2010)

Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art is a major Biennale destination. This year it will host 285 artworks from 92 artists from at home and abroad. For the first time, it will fill up all the exhibition space within the museum.

When: 10:00-17:00 (12 May – 1 August 2010)


Artspace will be the venue of SuperDeluxe, one of Tokyo’s leading alternative spaces for experimental music, culture and ideas since its inception in 2002. SuperDeluxe@Artspace will transform into a hip cafe, bar and club, art gallery and performance space. PechaKucha Nights on Thursdays, informal gatherings of free flowing ideas and thoughts. Fridays and Saturday nights feature performers: major DJs, sound artists and musicians from Australia, Japan and abroad. Experimental films air every Sunday. Check out the program.

When: 11:00-17:00 (Tue-Sun: cafe and gallery), 1930-24:00 (Thu-Sat: bar, performances and events), 1500-1700 (Sun: films)

Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Art Gallery of New South Wales which is amidst renovations will this year take on a supporting role and focus on artworks from Asia. Wednesday evenings will be called “Art after Hours” and will feature celebrity tours, film and music.

When: 10:00-17:00, 10:00-21:00 (Wednesday) (12 May – 1 August 2010)

Creative Sydney 2010

The program will be announced soon. The festival extends from 8-13 June 2010.


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