It was a real treat to visit Sydney, Australia this past May. We had the pleasure of attending multiple programs and events hosted in conjunction with Vivid Sydney. For the uninitiated, Vivid Sydney is an annual festival of light, music, and ideas. In addition to enjoying some amazing light installations and projections along Circular Quay, The Rocks, Royal Botanic Garden, Darling Harbour, there was also an impressive music program. We had the pleasure of catching the Cure’s 30th anniversary performance of the Disintegration album in The Concert Hall at the Sydney Opera House. And, the following night we had the opportunity to see Keaton Henson’s multi-sensory Six Lethargies performed by The Opera Australia Orchestra in the Joan Sutherland Theatre. Catching two stellar performances on consecutive nights in the iconic Opera’s two main venues was a memorable experience.
Additionally, we also had the opportunity to visit The National 2019, which is the second survey of a three-part biennial program exploring new Australian art. Presented at the city’s premier cultural institutions – the Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the program showcased “70 emerging, mid-career, and established Australian artists living across the country and overseas and working in a diverse range of media.”
Add in a nighttime cruise of Darling Harbour, a tour of the Sydney Opera House, the beautiful Bondi to Coogee walk, and some amazing food, and you have a perfect recipe for an exciting week Down Under!