10 Inspiring Talks and Events to Catch at VIVID Sydney 2022

Vivid Sydney

Contrary to popular belief, Vivid Sydney isn’t just about the spectacular light show, it’s a celebration of the city and its people. Vivid Lights might dress up the city, but Vivid Ideas brings the stories of those people to light. Ideas provide the opportunity to explore the figures shaping our society and start the conversations that continue to burn, long after the lights dim. This year, there are more than 85 intriguing, exciting, and thoughtful talks and workshops on offer. 

So whether you want to explore women’s rights, be inspired by a musician, or simply want a laugh, here are the best talks and events to attend at VIVID Sydney 2022.

Troye Sivan on Beauty and Fluidity

May 29, 5pm-6:30pm

Be inspired by global superstar musician, record label owner, multi-award-winning artist and actor, Troye Sivan, who will sit down in conversation with Ghanaian-Australian, Lillian Ahenkan (aka Flex Mami). The two-hour live chat, taking place at Town Hall, will dive into Sivan’s take on beauty, creativity, fluidity, and queer politics. 

Gretchen Carlson and Lisa Wilkinson on Speaking Out

May 29, 1pm-2:30pm

A fearless advocate for women’s rights, American broadcast journalist, author and television personality, Gretchen Carlson, shares her story that inspired the blockbuster movie Bombshell with The Project’s Lisa Wilkinson. Hear from Gretchen, who will reveal how she helped to pave the way for the global #MeToo movement and advocated to end the silencing of harassment victims through forced arbitration and non-disclosure agreements. 

Aaron Sorkin and Leigh Sales Talk Drama and Politics

June 1, 7pm-8:30pm

Oscar and Emmy award-winning theatre and film director, screenwriter and playwright, Aaron Sorkin, is to discuss politics and drama with renowned Australian broadcast journalist Leigh Sales at Sydney’s State Theatre. If you’re a fan of The West Wing, The Social Network, A Few Good Men, and The Trial of the Chicago 7, then this talk is for you. 

Audio Drama

June 9, 3pm-5pm

Over the past few years, podcasts have grown rapidly in popularity. From true crime podcasts to reliving our favourite 2000s TV series such as One Tree Hill, there’s no denying the power of podcasts. Audio Drama is a panel discussion with AD experts, fans and filmmakers. The audience will discover how AD can change your perspective on screen-based entertainment. This is a free event, which makes it accessible to all.

Mavericks of Stage and Screen

June 10, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Join this empowering discussion with a diverse group of creatives, ready to tell incredible life stories and journeys had. Guest speakers include multi-award-winning actress, writer and director, Leah Purcell, stand up comic, Nina Oyama, and critically-acclaimed playwright of Barbara and the Camp Dogs, Alana Valentine. Walk away with an understanding of the importance of owning your narrative. 

Ideas and Innovators Transforming the World

June 15, 3pm-5pm

Are you the curious type? Meet Sydney’s innovators changing the world, from solving environmental and economic challenges to bringing a circular approach to fashion. Each leader will discuss their approach to leveraging creativity, technology and innovation. Hear from John Boris, Samantha Cook, Jan Pacas, and more, moderated by John Ford, Founder and CEO of The One Centre. 

VIVID Sydney Games District: Video Games Industry Open Day

June 11, 9am-8:30pm

Video games are estimated to be worth more than $300 billion globally by 2023. At POPSUGAR Australia, we love video games, so this event is a must for all Sims and Fortnite enthusiasts. Meet the people behind top titles, play their games and discover pathways into rewarding careers. There is an opportunity to take part in a workshop with Unity and catch a glimpse behind the scenes of Wargaming. Don’t forget to visit the Made in Sydney Games Exhibition at Game Plus to get hands-on with developers. 

Too Much Stuff? Discover the Science of Letting Go

June 4, 9:30am-11:30am

Since Marie Kondo appeared on the small screen, millions of people around the world have adopted a more minimalist lifestyle. This talk by Associate Professor, Melissa Norberg, can help you understand why you may find it hard to resist acquiring and letting go of possessions. The live talk will also provide tips on taking charge of shopping habits, living sustainably and decluttering your life. 

Soul of the City: Australian Museum X Vivid Ideas

June 15, 6:30pm-7:45pm

Sydney is a creative city, so hear from the top creators who will share some uncomfortable truths as well as what adds to the soul of Sydney. Sara Mansour, co-founder of Bankstown Poetry Slam and Sri-Lankan-born visual artist, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, will share the stories that define them. DJ, Johnny Hawkins, will share stories of the eccentric local characters before segueing into DJing for the night. This jam-packed night is topped off with drinks, free live music, and the opportunity to walk through the exhibitions.

The Art of Deep Looking – Cultivating Creativity

From June 10

Change your perception and amplify your imagination with sensing labs at the MCA, Botanic Gardens and iconic architectural spaces in the city. Each lab engages with either art, nature or architecture, exploring centuries-old wisdom, mindful exploration and awareness. The multi-sensory experience is one to awe at. Visit here for locations and times.

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