Vivid Ideas at Chatswood Chase Sydney

In a Vivid Ideas talk-series, explore the most pressing and interesting topics of our era. Join one (or all!) of the free discussions that will challenge and excite you.

Discover how ‘clean beauty’ is not just taking off, but has taken over. What’s the next phase in the wellness movement? Experience the future of wearable fitness technology.

Get up close and personal with Vivid Sydney at Chatswood’s local and international artist collective. Take a behind the scenes look at the creation of The Concourse projections, connect with Chatswood artists showcasing their artwork in the Chatswood precinct and support Girl Gamers in the growth of girls E-Sports on the international stage.

Talks will be held daily from 11am at Chatswood Chase Sydney throughout the festival. Bookings essential at


All talks are held on Level One, next to Williams Sonoma.

3D architectural projection mapping

Saturday 25 May, 11am – 12pm, Free

Have you ever wondered how amazing visuals are created and projected onto architecture? Join the pioneers of cutting edge 3D projection mapping Hungarian artist collective Limelight as they answer this question and more.

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Artists in conversation, Future Abstract

Sunday 26 May, 11am – 12pm, Free

Meet Gordon Monro, Chris Bowman and Susannah Williams; three artists who are using technology to create abstract artworks.

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Willoughby Symphony Trio

Monday 27 May, 11am – 12pm, Free

Enjoy the ravishing musical entertainment of the Willoughby Symphony as they perform fantastic chamber music.

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Plant based eating for our future planet

Tuesday 28 May, 11am – 12pm, Free

In a lively panel discussion discover how Australians are embracing veganism in droves, why plant-based eating is key to saving the planet, and how easy it is to ditch animal products and still enjoy your favourite foods.

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Protecting Australia’s Heritage

Wednesday 29 May, 11am – 12pm, Free

Join Karen Smith, AHO’s Education Officer since 2011 as she shares her knowledge and experience of the local area and Aboriginal history.

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Indira Naidoo – The edible city

Thursday 30 May, 11am – 12pm, Free

Join television and radio broadcaster Indira Naidoo, as she presents a talk about one of the passions of her life – gardening.

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Design @ Day – Friendly robots

Friday 31 May, 11am – 12pm, Free

Marius Hoggenmueller, creative coder, interaction designer and researcher, reveals the secrets of the installation “Woodie”, a free-moving robot that draws with chalk on the ground. Part of this year’s Vivid Sydney at Chatswood.

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Emerging Lights

Saturday 1 June, 11am – 12pm, Free

Discover the future of exciting and innovative art and design as Vivid Light Curator, Lucy Keeler talks to emerging artists Zara Pasfield, Juune and Gambirra Illume whose original installations Cascading Harp and Chattie’s Wood light up Vivid Sydney at Chatswood.

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Sunday 2 June, 11am – 12pm, Free

Join the organisers of the Australian-first GIRLGAMER Esports Festival to hear about their endeavours to grow communities within the industry.

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Horticultural therapy

Monday, 3 June, 11am – 12pm, Free

Join Jon Kingston, head gardener at The Wayside Chapel and discover how gardening can engage people and open paths of creativity.

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Artists in conversation, Future Abstract

Tuesday 4 June, 11am – 12pm, Free

Meet Gordon Louise Allerton, Tome Loveday and Naomi Oliver; three artists who are using technology to create abstract artworks.

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Design @ Day – Digital bridges

Wednesday 5 June, 11am – 12pm, Free

Join Dr Luke Hespanhol, media artist and lecturer in Interaction Design at the University of Sydney, as he discusses his practice, collaborations with local governments and how universities can become “living labs” boosting the design of urban media for creative cities.

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Design @ Day – AI and the future of creativity

Thursday, 6 June, 11am – 12pm, Free

Dr Kazjon Grace, AI researcher gives a glimpse into the future and reveals what our relationship with our future AI colleagues could be.

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Waste Resurrection

Friday 7 June, 11am – 12pm, Free

Discover how eco-alchemist Professor Veena Sahajwalla has revolutionised e-waste recycling, creating the world’s first micro-factory.

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Ram Castillo

Saturday, 8 June, 11am – 12pm, Free

Don’t aim to make a million dollars, aim to help a million people.

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BandB highway – future proofing design

Sunday 9 June, 11am – 12pm, Free

Hotels for bees? How pads for pollinators are protecting biodiversity.

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The Future is Electric

Monday 10 June, 11am – 12pm, Free

Join Michael Day and Evan Darmanin to discover the current state of electric vehicle charge points in Willoughby City.

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Design @ Day – Introducing biodesign

Tuesday 11 June, 11am – 12pm

Dr Phil Gough will introduce Biodesign, the interdisciplinary pursuit of life, science and design. Discover how solutions for medical problems are being reimagined using a combination of approaches.

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Fake news or responsible witnesses

Wednesday 12 June, 11am – 12pm, Free

How can we take the fake out of fake news and restore our faith in journalism? Join Natalie Pozdeez, head teacher of Media at TAAFE NSW as she considers some of the challenges we all face in the current news and media landscape.

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Digital Media

Thursday 13 June, 11am – 12pm, Free

Learn how to quickly and effectively bring together data and information in several different mediums.

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Friday 14 June, 11am – 12pm, Free

What role do computer games play in our lives, are they good for us and what’s going to happen to the future of our kids?

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China ready – Australian Chinese artists spanning the continents

Saturday 15 June, 11am – 12pm

Australian Chinese artists Tianli Zu and Simone Chua are spanning the continents. Hear how living and working in Australia is influencing their multicultural heritage and their international work.

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