Having a look at the latest Semi Permanent event that is about to start in Sydney, Australia, on 24 May 2018 lid up a number of creative light bulbs and might change the weekend program entirely. While designers and architects are still rocking and rolling at ICFF New York and Clerkenwell Design Week in London, Sydney is getting ready for is annual Vivid Sydney light festival. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Australia’s largest event that attracts more than two million visitors each year to seek entertainment, inspiration, innovation, and creative ideas. The large-scale light installations, projections, music performances combined with discussions, panels, presentations all over the city not only confirms Sydney as Southeast Asia’s creative hub but gives visitors new energy to dive into creative endeavors. For the first time, Luna Park, the amusement park and its Ferris Wheel, will be lid up with more than 3,000 LED lights under the theme ‘Spirit of Fun’ to add another dimension to the other locations of the festival. These include: Royal Botanic Garden with Parrot Party, Custom House, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Taronga Zoo, and the World-heritage listed Sydney Opera House. The 23 days of brightness from 25 May to 16 June 2018 comprise also world-class discussions with thought leaders such as film maker, marine explorer, and conservationist James Cameron, Adam Spencer and others. The global forum discusses the advancements in technology, science, design, and the challenges all of these pose for everyday creativity. Dare Jennings and James Valentine look at creating cult brands and Jane McGonigal discusses game development and gamification that transform real world lives. Sessions on VR/AI are not missing in the mix, and finally attendees should not miss the New Horizons series on mega trends, micro developments in technologies, and innovation that spark creative developments or hindrances (to be pondered). Topics in these conversations cover: Future Fashion, Algae is the new black, Block-chain decoded, evolving democracy etc. Coming back to the amazingly, artistically lid Sydney Opera House and Semi Permanent, the three-day conference is the platform for Jonathan Zawada’s keynote on ‘Painting the Opera House sails’. He is one of the iconic speakers from 24 to 26 May 2018 at Carriageworks. The line-up for this year’s event themed ‘creative tension as inspiration’ is impressive to say the least. Patrick Godrey, Scott Dadich and Emmet Smith discuss ‘how to redesign National Geographic’, Tinker Hatfield shares his insights on ‘creating the Netflix series, Abstract’, and the team from Western Sydney University provoke the audience to think about ‘designing the future of work’. These are just a few engaging conversations that cannot be missed at the event. Vivid Sydney might be about lights but it’s also about ideas, creativity and innovation.
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