Arrivals & Departures Sydney set to light up for Vivid festival

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The world's largest festival of light, music and ideas returns, with a line-up including Boy George, Fleet Foxes, Shepard Fairey and Oliver Stone.

Sydney will be transformed into a canvas of light and colour from May 26 to June 17, when the Vivid festival returns.

Billed as the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney will this year include a new precinct at new harbour-side park Barangaroo and an expanded trail through the Royal Botanic Garden, while a series of imaginary creatures created by cinematographer Ash Bolland will be projected on to the sails of the Sydney Opera House (pictured in the artist's impression above).

Other city buildings, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, will also be transformed, as will buildings and streets in Chatswood. There will also be light installations at Taronga Zoo, Martin Place and Darling Harbour.

This year's Vivid music program will be the biggest yet, with performances by Goldfrapp, Fleet Foxes, Air, Laura Marling and Nick Murphy (formerly known as Chet Faker), plus DJ sets by Boy George. The City Recital Hall will host performances ranging from jazz to dance music, and the festival has partnered with the City of Sydney for a program showcasing emerging local talent at various city venues.

American artist Shepard Fairey – perhaps best known for his Barack Obama "Hope" posters – will headline the Vivid Ideas program, which also features Oscar-winning film director Oliver Stone and BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti, among many others.

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