Arrivals & Departures Vivid 2018: Luna Park and May Gibbs' Gumnut Babies to light up Sydney

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The world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas will celebrate 10 years with a program featuring James Cameron, St Vincent, Ice Cube and Solange. 

The Vivid Sydney festival turns 10 this year, and will return from May 25 to June 16 with illuminations, live music and thought-provoking discussions. 

Among the additions to the program is a new lights precinct at Luna Park. May Gibbs' much-loved characters Snugglepot and Cuddlepie will grace the facade of Customs House, while the sails of the Sydney Opera House will come to life with a piece by Australian artist Jonathan Zawada.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Royal Botanic Garden and the skyscrapers of Circular Quay will also light up, and the precincts at the Rocks, Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Kings Cross will return. 

The line-up for Vivid Music is headed by Grammy winner St Vincent, along with Ice Cube, Cat Power, Solange and a collaboration between Australian stars Daniel Johns and Luke Steele. 

Vivid Ideas will showcase innovators in technology, creativity and science including filmmaker and explorer James Cameron, Dare Jennings (of Mambo Clothing, Phantom Records and Deus ex Machina), and futurist and game developer Jane McGonigal. 

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