Vivid Ideas is all about ground-breaking vision, inspiring stories and how to push boundaries in the modern world. The 2018 line-up for Vivid Ideas boasts a host of incredible talent and speakers that will cover all sorts of topics, from science and technology to design and architecture. With game-changing entrepreneurs and veterans of the visionary world, there is something to appeal to everyone’s interests on this year’s Ideas bill. See our top five must-see events below.
Always considered a highlight of Vivid Sydney, Semi Permanent is a global creative platform celebrating 16 years of pioneering and transformative design. This year's event focuses on moments of positive and negative friction that come before a breakthrough.
Scott Dadich and Patrick Godfrey – co-founders and co-CEOs of Godfrey Dadich Partners have handpicked a selection of their most influential collaborators to feature in this year’s event, including Tinker Hatfield, the legendary Nike sneaker designer; Alex Schleifer, vice president of design at Airbnb; and Paula Scher – the influential New York graphic designer and principal at Pentagram.
When: 24-26 May
Price: from $375
The world of virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality are immersive technologies that provide new ways for people to interact and use digital information like never before. In this innovative workshop, guests will open their minds and eyes to future possibilities of the virtual world which will be part of our everyday lives.
Not one for the tech heads to miss, the workshop will teach visitors what virtual reality and augmented reality is and how they are constructed with strong emphasis on storytelling, creativity and the use of latest technology. Plus, you will be able to test apps and be immersed in the world of virtual reality with hands on domains.
When: from 25 May
Where: University of Newcastle Sydney Campus
Price: from $50
With today’s human beings expected to live longer and longer, now is the time to start preparing for this increased longevity. We must propose the question: how will our potentially elongated lifespans redefine how we live and work?
For many years, the focus has been on creating buildings and workplaces that are efficient, cost-effective and environmentally responsive. Hosted at Barangaroo, you’ll hear from industry experts on what it will take for organisations and humans to succeed in the future who will help answer important questions such as “what impact will emerging lifestyle trends have on individual health?” and “How will family and work teams evolve over time?”
When: 31 May
Price: Free, registration required
The School of Life presents an evening with esteemed social researcher and bestselling author Hugh Mackay, as he draws on his 60-year research career to present a fearless and passionate vision for the kind of people and society we could become.
Guests will be challenged to think differently about the power of our individual choices in shaping our society’s future and be asked to consider the role of compassion in addressing issues such as anxiety, cultural diversity, the digital and social media divide and economic inequality. Ideas and insights will be encouraged to be shared on how courage, wisdom and imagination can lead the way to a more compassionate, less anxious society.
When: 12 June
Where: City and surrounds
Price: from $40
For passionate foodies and green thumbs who have a love of delicious produce and top-notch tipple, this one is for you. Join Westmont Pickles and a team of local innovators to find out how creating a winning food product is about more than just your taste buds. Get down with the latest flavours, as Young Henrys brew masters, creative chefs like Mitch Orrand natural wine legends DRNKS share the brand building benefits of crafting communities and stand-out design.
There will be a casual panel conversation moderated by food writer Maggie Scardifield and there will also be a chance to sample a few foodie delights and cold brews.
When: 27 May
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art
Price: from $45
Get the full Vivid Ideas line-up here