The 2016 Vivid program includes Spike Jonze, Björk, Bon Iver, Antony and the Johnsons and so much more. It’s a line-up that cements the festival’s reputation globally. In 2016 the Light program extends to three new areas with sculptures and interactive elements. There’s a lot to cover, so start here: below is a list of highlights in the different sectors. The festival runs from May 27 to June 18 and tickets go on sale on March 23 at 9am.


This year there will be a Game-Changers Talk series; talks covering start-up culture, design and architecture. And the Vivid Ideas Exchange sessions are back at the MCA covering media, marketing and leadership.

The four game-changers are Beau Willimon, screenwriter for and producer of House of Cards; Australia’s Margaret Zhang, blogger, photographer, stylist extraordinaire; and director Spike Jonze (Her, Being John Malkovich) who is also co-president of Vice’s new TV channel, Viceland.

There’s also Semi-Permanent, the Good Design Festival and event called Make Nice about and by creative women.


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There’s a mix of the best local and international acts. Full list below:

New Order (Sydney only)
Bon Iver presents Cercle (Sydney only)
ANOHNI: Antony and the Johnsons + Oneohtrix Point Never present Hopelessness (Sydney only)
Esperanza Spalding presents: Emily’s D+Evolution
Future Classic presents TA-KU Live featuring Wafia (Sydney only)
Hiatus Kaiyote with Sampa the Great
Max Richter Sleep (Sydney only)
Oneohtrix Point Never
Waynce Shorter Quartet
Goodgod Supper Club
Tiny Ruins


Last year Chatswood and Central Park were new precincts; they are back this year along with Darling Harbour and Martin Place. A new area in this year’s program is The Royal Botanic Garden. The Galeries on George Street will become the first indoor precinct, and Taronga Zoo will host 10 large-scale animal sculptures.

And there’s more – Björk hasn’t been to Australia since 2008, so it’s excellent to hear she’s coming back. The world premiere of Björk Digital, a new virtual-reality exhibition, is coming to Carriageworks – the singer herself will DJ on opening night with special guests. There will also by a line-up of musicians and artists presenting a large-scale installation comprising live music and artists; a night market; and a series of exclusive dinners with Sydney’s best chefs and leading creatives.

Look out for Broadsheet’s full guide to Vivid.