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Illuminate your mind: our Top 10 smart picks for Vivid Sydney

Illuminate your mind: our Top 10 smart picks for Vivid Sydney beyond the lighting and live music spectacles Vivid Sydney is back from 27 May to 18 June. Beyond the blazing sails of the Opera House and Circular Quay’s dress circle light projections, we’re shinning the spotlight on Vivid Ideas, its brainy offspring. Running over 23 days, it’s packed with conferences, markets and idea exchange sessions and taps into the success stories behind the big gun personalities of the Game-Changers Talk Series (conversations with global creative industries leaders).  Take a look at our program highlights and click on the hyperlinks to secure your tickets:

  1. Over 75 creative leaders from the worlds of culture, technology and entrepreneurship gather for two days of talks and networking at the Remix Sydney 2016 Summit: Culture, Technology, Entrepreneurship. Global cultural institution representatives, brand strategists and marketing officers, publishers and policy makers from Airbnb, Buzzfed, HuffPost, ACMI, the Sydney Opera House, BBC Worldwide plus a host of others tackle the big ideas shaping the future of our cities and the economy. Hear from speakers including the Global Creative Director of Bloomberg on delivering business and market news data, get insights from leading brands such as cult Danish restaurant Noma, and discover the story of Governors Island in Manhattan, New York’s coolest new creative space.

2-3 June, 8.30am-6.00pm, Sydney Town Hall

  1. For writers, performers, producers and aspiring content-creators, discover strategies to get new stories out in the world from the king of Indie cool with the midas touch: Spike Jonze. The film director, producer and writer known for his films Her, Where The Wild Things Are, Adaptation and Being John Malkovich and the creative directior for a slew of music videos, commercials, TV and theatre headlines the Game-Changes Talk Series sharing his creative approach to storytelling and making content for new ways of watching.

June 5, 5.00pm, Sydney Town Hall

  1. Find out what goes into designing a globally successful brand with mega-watt horse power. Ferrari is one of the most recognisable luxury brands in the world. Its signature red logo and black stallion emblem evokes feelings of freedom, desire and status. Ferrari’s Senior Vice President of Design Flavio Manzoni speaks about the role design has played in the company’s success and identity.

30 May, 5.00pm, Museum of Contemporary Art

  1. Like it or not, social media has become a numero uno marketing tool, allowing SME’s to promote their brand on a shoestring marketing budget through to global powerhouses enforcing their messages to a mass market with the switch of a button. Blogging, vlogging, Instagramming and Snapchatting barely existed just five years ago. Overnight, social influencers have grown rapidly in popularity and audience size. At Talking to the Next Level: Expert Advice for Digital Influencers join industry experts as they advise you on what you should be doing to shift your outreach gears up a notch. Speakers include:

Lisa Messenger, Collective Hub Kate McKibbin, Secret Bloggers’ Business & Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily Jen Bishop, Interiors Addict Jim Butcher, Mr & Mrs Romance Monty Dimond, Show + Tell & Kiis FM Lorraine Murphy, The Remarkables Group 28 May, 12.00pm, Museum of Contemporary Art

  1. In the emerald green depths of Surry Hills’ revamped Art Deco Golden Age Cinema join art stars Del Kathryn Barton and Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran together with Barry Keldoulis, the Director of the Sydney Contemporary art fair, as they thrash out what constitutes ‘success’ in the art world, the rise in popularity of art fairs and their role in promoting local work, and the influences of biennales (both in Sydney and abroad). Business or pleasure: the commerce of creativity in the Australian art scene is a key Insight by The Office Space event, forming part of a popular monthly talk series organised by Sydney’s boutique share office provider, The Office Space.

5.30pm, 30 May, Golden Age Cinema

  1. Gear yourself for a weekend of talks, exhibitions, workshops, installations and innovation labs that bring together internationally renowned artists and creative icons to explore the future of design. Semi Permanent, the global creative and design thinking platform, has established a network of over 800 speakers and artists during its 14-year operation. Its goal is to not only inspire the community but also enable them. Attendees will be briefed on international design trends and forecasts, acquire new tools to improve their creative output and have ample opportunity to forge new relationships and collaborations.

27 and 28 May, from 9.30am, Carriageworks

  1. As a share workplace environment, The Office Space is a huge fan of collaborative work practices and endeavours to connect its permanent and virtual residents plus the broader business community through an engaging program of events and activities offering business insights, networking opportunities and the potential for new project-based and long term partnerships to form. So Collaborate or die: insights from successful creative collaborators is a not-to-be-missed event for us! It brings together a panel of top creative professionals to discuss their experiences with collaboration – the pros and cons for individuals through to big league companies. Presenter Kate Hurst, co-creative director of Common Knowledge (a company jointly owned with jeweller Elke Kramer from Elke Studio), will press her industrious panel of leading creatives from the fields of fashion and online publishing through to commercial art practices and cultural programming to share their tips, hurdles and success stories. She’ll examine the big questions: how do you determine when collaboration’s right for your business and how can it enhance your brand? They can’t promise a bejewelled Elke Kramer/Gorman collaboration sandal in your goody bag, but guarantee you’ll leave with a sharpened tool kit!Speaker line up includes: Benja Harney – Paper Engineer | Paperform Lisa Gorman – Creative Director | Gorman Caroline Clements – Publishing Director | Broadsheet Dan Honey – Director of Cultural Programs | Hotel Hotel  Steph Donse – Director of Brands & Words | Hotel Hotel  1 June, 11.00am-1.00pm, Museum of Contemporary Art
  1. For the first time ever, contenders for Australia’s most prestigious accolade for design and innovation, the Good Design Awards, will be on public display. From cutting edge electronics, consumer products and medical breakthroughs to the latest sporting equipment and fashion accessories, the Good Design Festival 2016: Showcase Exhibition will feature the best new products entering the Australian market. Guided tours and floor talks will provide exclusive insight into the creations of the finalists and winners.

27 May – 29 May 1.00-8.30pm, Overseas passenger Terminal

  1. We spend more time consuming content, connecting with friends, purchasing products and conducting business on a smart phone than any other device. In a conversation led by the best mobile minds in the industry, Marketing in the age of the mobile will explore the future of the mobile and how to we can fully capitalise on everything it offers, from utility apps to making mobile ad units. Digital marketers, startup founders, growth hackers, mobile app developers, media agency professionals, community managers, user experience designers and brand managers, this is wired for you!

10 June, 8.00-11.00am, Museum of Contemporary Art

  1. Senior business managers, SME’s and private and public sector and NFPs listen-up. Using Creativity, Openness, Diversity and Equity (CODE) to Drive Innovation in the New Economy is a workshop that will help you and your team understand and put to work the four critical New Economy enablers: Creativity, Openness, Diversity and Equity (basically, CODE for the New Economy). It’s a framework to help organisations build greater resilience, innovation, agility and better financial performance. Join the authors of the sell-out Australian book New Women New Men New Economy, Narelle Hooper and Rodin Genoff, for this special three-hour session which will help give your company a performance edge. Teams are especially welcome for this special session. Participants will receive a signed copy of the sell out new book.

3 June, 8.00am, Museum of Contemporary Art Both Images: Vivid Ideas

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