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VIVID SYDNEY 2018 | Media Release

March 20, 2018

CARRIAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES VIVID SYDNEY 2018 PROGRAM
ST. VINCENT HEADLINES

Sydney, Australia: Carriageworks today announced a program of contemporary music, immersive visual experiences and a global design forum that will animate the multi-arts precinct for Vivid Sydney 2018. Grammy award-winning artist St Vincent is confirmed to headline the program alongside design forum Semi Permanent, music video festival CLIPPED and the return of Fuzzy’s legendary Curve Ball. This is the fifth year Carriageworks has presented a program for Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year.

Carriageworks Director, Lisa Havilah said:Building on the success of Goldfrapp and Bjork Digital in 2016 and 2017, Carriageworks is thrilled to present St. Vincent and a contemporary program that moves across music, screen, creative thinking and visual artists. The Vivid Sydney 2018 announcement at Carriageworks sees the continued expansion of our Artistic Program that is infused with energy and ambition.’

Headlining the Vivid line-up at Carriageworks is one of the most compelling artists of a generation, St. Vincent aka Annie Clark. St. Vincent has released five albums to worldwide critical acclaim, including 2014’s Best Alternative Album Grammy winning St. Vincent and, most recently, last year’s Masseduction.

As with its predecessors, Masseduction has earned an ecstatic reception from critics and fans alike. Cracking the Australian top 20, Masseduction was named the #1 album of 2017 by the likes of The New York Times and the Guardian, who noted “Annie Clark makes a rock-star power play by embracing thrilling glam traditions while producing something strange, new and unequivocally moving.” St. Vincent has also collaborated with the likes of David Byrne, made her debut at the Oscars playing guitar for Sufjan Stevens; and made her directorial debut with a short horror film The Birthday Party.

Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer of Vivid Sydney Sandra Chipchase said: “Carriageworks’ Vivid Sydney program has delivered incredible Vivid Music and Vivid Ideas experiences to Sydney over the last four years. The 2018 program promises an exceptional line up, once again bringing world-class music performers and creative leaders to Vivid Sydney.”

VIVID SYDNEY AT CARRIAGEWORKS 2018 PROGRAM

Across three days (24-26 May), Semi Permanent will inspire and enable creative thinkers by bringing together internationally renowned leaders to share their work and insights. The 2018 program includes Scott Dadich (former WIRED Editor-in-Chief and Executive Producer of Netflix series Abstract: The Art of Design), Alex Schleifer (Head of Design at Airbnb), Australian motion designer Joyce Ho, Paula Scher (Pentagram), Ajaz Ahmed (AKQA), and Nike sneaker designer Tinker Hatfield. The global creative and design thinking platform will be hosted by Sydney letterist and graphic designer Gemma O’Brien.

CLIPPED Music Video Festival returns for Vivid Sydney 2018 on Saturday 2 June at Carriageworks. CLIPPED will include a curated interactive music video exhibition, screenings, premieres and industry talks with guest speakers Tyson Koh (Rage ABC), Lisa Bishop (Music SA) and Greg Carey (Grow Yourself Up). High calibre work from around the world will be showcased in a prestigious awards competition, with particular focus on talented Australian and New Zealand filmmakers.

Curve Ball returns to Carriageworks for the third time on Saturday 16 June with another immersive musical and visual experience featuring Alison Wonderland, Vera Blue, Poloshirt, Crooked Colours and Haiku Hands and many more. Curated by Fuzzy, the legendary team responsible for Field Day, Harbourlife and Listen Out, Curve Ball is a unique experience uniting great music with stunning visuals, set against the spectacular backdrop of Carriageworks.

St. Vincent performs a one night only Sydney exclusive at Carriageworks on Sunday 17 June.

Australia’s leading contemporary arts precinct, Carriageworks has undergone unparalleled growth over the past six years, welcoming more than 1.2 million visitors annually who engage with a risk-taking and culturally diverse Artistic Program spanning visual arts, dance, performance, film and music. In 2018 the Artistic Program will support over 800 artists and will present 70 projects, including 10 world premieres, 17 international works and 17 new Australian commissions.

DATES

Semi Permanent, 24 – 26 May
Clipped Music Video Festival, Sat 2 June
Curve Ball, Sat 16 June
St. Vincent, Sun 17 June

DETAILS & TICKETS: www.carriageworks.com.au

MEDIA CONTACTS: For further information and interviews please contact Julia Barnes, Julia@articulatepr.com.au 0402 678 589 or Kym Elphinstone, kym@articulatepr.com.au 0421 106 139. 

VIVID SYDNEY
Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas and now the largest event in Australia. For 23 days – from 25 May to 16 June 2018 – the event places a spotlight on Sydney and reinforces its position as the home of light, creativity, cutting edge music, engaging conversations and the exchange of new ideas. The festival is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. In 2017 Vivid Sydney attracted a record 2.33 million attendees and injected over $143 million into NSW’s visitor economy. For more information visit www.vividsydney.com

VIVID MUSIC
Vivid Music presents a cutting-edge contemporary music program with local and international artists as part of Vivid Sydney. Vivid Music features performances at venues including Carriageworks, City Recital Hall, Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House and X|Celerate, a collaboration between Vivid Sydney and the City of Sydney.  X|Celerate showcases grassroots and emerging local music talent at venues across the city. Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency and runs from 25 May to 16 June 2017. For more information visit www.vividsydney.com/music

VIVID IDEAS
Vivid Ideas brings together the world’s greatest minds, innovators and creatives for a program of public talks, industry seminars, conferences, workshops and debates exploring creativity as a catalyst for change and celebrating Sydney as a creative industries hub of Asia Pacific. Vivid Ideas is presented as part of Vivid Sydney, which is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency and runs from 25 May to 16 June 2018. For more information visit www.vividsydney.com/ideas

ABOUT CARRIAGEWORKS
Carriageworks is the largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre of its kind in Australia. Engaging artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues, Carriageworks presents large-scale immersive programs that are artist led and emerge from Carriageworks’ commitment to reflecting social and cultural diversity. Carriageworks is a cultural facility of the NSW Government and is supported by Create NSW and the Australian Government through the Australia Council of the Arts. The Artistic Program is ambitious, risk taking and unrelenting in its support of artists. www.carriageworks.com.au

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