Creative Minds Meet In Sydney For Vivid Ideas – New Programming For 2014

With the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival of light, music and ideas less than a month away, Destination NSW, the festivals owners and managers, announced today the largest ever Vivid Ideas line-up of creative leaders and emerging talent, across a program of more than 200 events, spanning 14 creative industries.

New programing for Vivid Ideas by Jess Scully, Vivid Ideas Festival Director in 2014 includes an In Conversation series which brings together two creative minds to explore the motivations, challenges and learnings that underpin their creative careers; a new series of Masterclasses: in-depth workshops for small groups to collaborate with Vivid Ideas keynote speakers; Mini Conferences to provide in-depth insights into innovation in the creative industries, and an Awards Season with more than five award ceremonies celebrating the best of the creative industries in Australia.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Andrew Stoner, welcomed the expanded Vivid Ideas 2014 program which he said was an important part of the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to growing and developing the State’s creative economy.

“About 40 per cent of Australia’s creative industries are based in NSW, employing around 148,000 people, however there is scope to grow this area of our state economy, and bringing together the best and brightest creative minds from Australia and overseas through creative forums such as Vivid Ideas is vital.”

The new program elements to Vivid Ideas 2014 complements a strong line-up of keynotes from international and local luminaries, as well as deep-dive workshops.

Six new Vivid Ideas 2014 keynote speakers have been announced today including grandson of Ray and Charles, Eames Demetrios; renowned scholar, historian and founder of the Big History, David Christian; CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, the world’s first company growing living human bones for skeletal reconstruction, Nina Tandon; digital effects genius Hao Li, and guest speakers from Tomorrow’s Toys and Future Shock.

Vivid Ideas Festival Director Jess Scully said: Whether your passion is design, film and animation, science and technology, gaming, music or photography, Vivid Ideas will have something to inform and inspire.”

Sandra Chipchase, Chief Executive Officer of Destination NSW,the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency and custodian of Vivid Sydney said: “Among the hundreds of thousands of festival goers from here and overseas will be some of the world’s best and brightest creative minds, who have come to experience Vivid Ideas and its most exciting program yet.”

Vivid Sydney Creative Director, Ignatius Jones said: “Creativity often blossoms from collaboration, and it is exciting to see so many of the world’s leading creative minds come together in Sydney for Vivid Ideas, where they can connect with other creative thinkers and lay the ground work for future collaboration.”


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In Conversation

  • Sofles and Selina Miles
  • ARIA Presents How To Get To Number One With Flume, Nathan McLay, Eric Dubowsky & David Champion
  • Battleroy & Damon Sharpe
  • Karen Walker & Mikhail GhermanI


  • Offering Art to the City with Candy Chang
  • Effective, Editorial Curation with Sara Critchfield
  • Inspiring a Loyal Fan Base with Rebel 8
  • Unlocking the Protein Databank with David Goodsell
  • Engineering for Intelligence with Skylar Tibbits & Jeffery Koh
  • Inventing an Icon with Gadi Amit
  • Hijacking the Conversation with Ryan Holiday
  • Brands that Transcend Categories with Karen Walker
  • Capturing the World in 3D with Hao Li
  • Storytelling to Generate Fresh Perspectives with Eames Demetrios


  • Australia’s Industrial Revolution: Manufacturing In 2030
  • Australian Interiors: Objects, Furniture, Textiles
  • Tertiary 3.0: Exploring Local Innovation In Higher Education
  • Artists In Residence: Collaboration and Creative Innovation Between Artists and Organisations

Awards Season

  • Good Design Awards Gala Night 
  • Smart100 – Beyond Ideas: How To Get Your Innovation Recognised and Commercialised
  • Mumbrella 360
  • Stand Up, Stand Out
  • Local Government Arts & Culture Awards 2014


  • Eames Demetrios
  • David Christian
  • Nina Tandon
  • Hao Li

Signature Events

  • Tomorrow’s Toys: Play and Learning Transformed
  • Future Shock: Dramatic Disruptions and New Opportunties

Event Presenters

  • Ubisoft Montreal presents Developing Games: From Indie To Blockbuster – Child Of Light & Watch Dogs
  • The Internet of Things – From Electric Dreams To Reality
  • PLAY presents The Future Media Experience
  • The Future of Lighting Summit 2014

The full Vivid Ideas program is available at: