Sydney’s innovative festival of light, music and ideas is just a week away from being switched on.

New to this year, you can give the Sydney Harbour Bridge the paint job you’ve always wanted (without the back breaking labour and expense involved). Using the latest interactive lighting technology, you’ll be able to select a section of the bridge to light up, choose your colour and voila! This interactive light experience is a major collaboration designed by 32 Hundred Lighting with partner, Intel, which was designed by Iain Reed with software design and production by Martin Bevz. This experience will be running every night of the festival (24 May – 10 June) from 6pm until midnight.

As part of the festival, the Seymour Centre will be showcasing ideas, sculptures and installations from the brightest post-graduate students and researchers in light and technology from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.

The best in technology will also be on show in the Seymour foyers featuring interactive tabletops and walls developed by the Computer Human Adapted Interaction (CHAI) Research Group at the University. You can also explore tabletops that work as giant tablet screens where people can explore combinations of images, documents, videos and interactive maps and can “throw” an object from the table onto the wall to communicate and investigate in a wholly new way. This exploration of illumination and technology will run from 3-8 June.

A highlight of the Vivid program and a world premiere features Australia’s own creative innovators The Spinifex Group creating the newly commissioned artwork, “PLAY” on the Opera House sails. This event will transport audiences through a playfully projected journey that will celebrate Vivid Sydney’s light, music and ideas in an immersive new way. As one of the nation’s great international success stories, the record-breaking agency have undertaken some of the largest projection mapped projects ever seen, displaying their versatility and expertise across international sporting events (Beijing Olympic Games 2012) and euphoric national celebrations (Russia’s 20th Anniversary of Moscow Day). Taking the art of light projection, video mapping and motion graphics to extraordinary heights in their many large scale installations, the sixty-strong Sydney agency now launches upon their hometown to create a new visual adventure on one of the nation’s most iconic landmarks.

With this being just a taste of Vivid’s exciting and innovative program, make sure you check out the festival as Sydney is transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas after dark.

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