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So called ‘long-COVID’ is not just a malaise confined to bodily health and mental well being. The effects of the pandemic and various lockdowns will be felt for years if not decades to come, despite the appearance of a somewhat superficial return to normality. One of the hardest areas hit has been the entertainment and […]

Vivid to receive funding injection from City of Sydney

By SHARLOTTE THOU The City of Sydney will provide $100,000 in cash funding to Vivid Sydney and a value-in-kind injection of up to $300,000. The City has proposed that the cash portion will fund the 'X/Celebrate' live music program as part of the festivities, which will "continue support of Sydney's thriving music scene with a […]

The Cost Of COVID: Cancelling Cultural & Creative Events

By Gemma Billington Cancellations have been rife across the arts sector amid health concerns for the growing COVID-19 delta variant outbreak throughout Greater Sydney. Greater Sydney is currently under strict stay at home orders until July 30, though as case numbers remain high, arts exhibitions, events and performances have been forced to postpone. Vivid, Opera […]

Red Carpet Cabaret

The Darlinghurst Theatre Company is re-opening its doors to present the Red Carpet Cabaret season. This is billed as “soulful winter evenings filled with food, story and song” and has attracted some of Australia’s best cabaret artists. Co-Artistic Director Amylia Harris says, “The reactivation of our foyer and restaurant space is a major step in […]


Amidst a hyperbolic frenzy and a protest over billboarding of the Opera House sails, the world’s richest horse race on turf was run last Saturday – but what does it all mean? The organisers Racing NSW will tell you it was a massive success, attracting a bumper crowd at Randwick and considerable media coverage. They now claim […]

Middle Kids

Sydney trio Middle Kids made a powerful debut last year with the release of their self-titled EP which has seen them go on to tour the world and perform on worldwide television. This month has seen the group achieve yet another milestone with the release of their debut full length album, Lost Friends, ahead of […]

Alison Wonderland

Alison Wonderland doesn’t even want to think about where she would be without music. Particularly after releasing her latest album, Awake, which was an incredibly emotional writing experience. “With Awake I genuinely feel like that album saved my life because I was coming to a lot of realisations about myself,” Wonderland explained. “I had hit […]


Wow, when it comes to ‘festivals’, Sydney is right up there with the leading cities in the world for the sheer number of such events that we stage. There have been endless music and film festivals, food festivals, art festivals, community festivals, multicultural festivals and even a ‘Festival Of Light’ – although the latter was in […]


With Coffin Ed Back in the Sydney of the 1980s, nobody it seemed was complaining about the lack of live music venues, harsh lockout laws and the kind of overregulation that dogs so many clubs and pubs today. There was political and police corruption aplenty but when it came to entertainment an element of laissez […]

Cause & Effect

At this time every year, The Vivid Festival invites organisations, artist and thinkers to run panel discussions, workshops and art related activities in order for the public to engage with the arts and social causes. This year Vivid Ideas is hosting an exciting exhibition run by the social change movement, Carnival of the Bold and […]