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New York Sunday, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay, Sydney

Sydney staff to feature across Vivid Sydney’s spectacular 2022 program

30 May 2022

The festival of lights, music and ideas returns.

After two-year hiatus, Vivid Sydney returns with a program of lights, music and ideas from Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June.

This year, Vivid Sydney explores what defines the character of great cities, what makes them unique, and what makes us love them. It tells a story about Sydney beyond the famous icons; about urban legends, untold stories, secret spaces, and visions for the future.

The program includes a massive line-up of the most exciting local and international artists, musicians, thinkers, and creatives, as well as the longest continuous Light Walk in the history of the event. Take a look at some of the events featuring University of Sydney staff across music, design and science.

New York Sunday, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay, Sydney

New York Sunday at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay

New York Sunday

Artists: Helen Eager, Julian Reinhold, Rico Reinhold in collaboration with Paul Mac
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art
When: 27 May – 18 June 6pm-11pm

New York Sunday is a must-see part of Vivid Sydney’s 2022 Light Walk. It transforms the six-storey façade of the MCA building with an eight-minute journey of shape-shifting colours, accompanied by an electronic soundtrack that accentuates the visual dynamics. The original soundtrack was composed by Sydney Conservatorium of Music academic Dr Paul McDermott, better known as renowned electronic musician, songwriter, and producer Paul Mac.

In the Mood - A Love Letter to Wong Kar-wai and Hong Kong

Artists: Rainbow Chan, Eugene Choi and Marcus Whale
Where: Sydney Opera House
When: 2 June 7:30pm – 8:15pm

Inspired by one of the most critically acclaimed films of the 21st century, In the Mood for Love, this live-on-stage audio-visual journey features a theatrical set, 60’s style costumes, and sax-drenched renditions of the film’s romantic soundtrack. With performances by Rainbow Chan, from the Contemporary Music unit at the Con, along with Marcus Whale and Eugene Choi, this lavish production takes the audience on a journey of longing, intimacy, and forbidden love.

Floating World

Artists: Peewee Ferris (Music Composer), UTS Animal Logical Academy (Visuals), Rainbow Chan (Audio)/ Carla Zimbler (Visuals), Jonti & Jono Ma (Audio), BABEKÜ
HL Studios (Visuals)
Where: Darling Quarter
When: 27 May – 18 June 6 pm – 11 pm

Floating World is a digital projection enhanced by an atmospheric soundscape, evoking the wonder of imaginary places. Curated by Stephen Ferris, the installation features three sonic paintings combined in a 15-minute loop, including Soup by the Con’s Rainbow Chan and video artist Carla Zimbler.

Sydney Stories

Where: Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas
When: 16 – 18 Jun 6 pm – 9 pm

Over three nights, local writers, reporters, and musicians tell unheard stories and forgotten histories about Sydney, exposing its true glamour and dark character of the city. Hear about turbulent Sydney crime stories, while listening to the music of Dr Toby Martin, lecturer in Contemporary Music at the Con, at Sydney True Crime Stories on Thursday 16 June.

The Future of Drugs

Where: The Great Hall, UTS
When: 3 Jun 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Are you curious about psychedelic-assisted therapy? Hear from three of Australia’s leading experts, including Professor Ian McGregor, Director of the University of Sydney’s Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, on the potential benefits of medicinal cannabis for addiction-related issues, mental health, and neurological disorders.

Designing With Country

Where: The Great Hall, UTS
When: 11 June 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Designing With Country is an event for those working across design, architecture, and urban planning, as well as for anyone interested to understand how First Nations thinking can shape Australia’s built environment. Adjunct Professor Kevin O’Brien from the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning will join the panel to explore how Indigenous and non-Indigenous expectations of land can be blended to form harmonious precincts.


Artist: S1T2
Where: Circular Quay and the Rocks
When: 27 May - 18 Jun 6pm - 11pm

As you wander through Vivid’s iconic Light Walk, you’ll find bright drops of light falling and splashing onto the ground below. Created by S1T2, with Joel Flanagan from the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning as Technical Lead, Fall invites us to pause and reflect on how we can be wiser about our water.

Interested in a career in live music performance? Explore our study options at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

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