The Vivid Festival is one of the best tourist attractions in Sydney. It happens in winter, for everyone to go out and enjoy the lights on the Opera House, interact with creative sculptures, get some new ideas or simply warm up with a glass of wine to the beats of the music.
The creative festival of "lights, music and ideas" started in 2009 to bring vibe into the winter Sydney climate and it gets bigger and better every year.
It brings residents and tourists to Circular Quay and The Rocks , all equipped with cameras or smart phones and ready to seize the amazing light projections on the sails of the Opera House.
Remember the previous editions of the "Lighting the Sails event? It was all about colours, rich, dazzling colours.If you don't remember click on the thumbnails on your right to see pictures of the previous festivals.
In 2012 it is a very different affair.
Gone is the stunning display of bright reds, shiny yellows and electric blues. Enter melancholic greys earthy browns, soft greens.
There is a new concept. No more shapes, ocean creatures or animation.
Gone are the fairy-tale creatures travelling swiftly from sail to sail. Enter human beings moving around the huge shells.
It is a very different experience, almost surreal, thoughtful and exciting. It is all about people projected on the sails of the opera, with chequered backgrounds in greys and dull greens.
While the lighting of the Opera is really cool, it lacks the exuberance of the previous years.
But a rich palette of colours and animation brings to life two other landmark buildings.
One of them is the Museum of Contemporary Art, here above in warm. tropical colours...
...and in colder, dominant blues.
The other one is the Customs House, across the Circular Quay.
The light projections are very vivid as they brighten up and tell stories.
And the audiences follow them with excitement.
The festival was a good medium to remind onlookers that the results of the 2012 census were due to be released in July. Quite a creative use of light projections to share boring statistics.
Or are they boring when they tell us some truths about our society?
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