On the weekend we had a wonderful evening at the Vivid Festival in Sydney. (If you can make it is well worth the effort and is on until June 13.) The video is of one of the highlights. Vivid is a festival of where Sydney is “transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas.” We only saw the light festival which involved light sculptures, projections on to iconic buildings (including the Opera House) and interactive installations.
What a great example of community engagement. On the evening we went, there was light rain but Circular Quay and the Rocks (where the festival is held) was packed. There were heaps of people enjoying the evening and taking in the sights.
The light festival was all free (although some of the music – including The Cure – did cost). It certainly brought thousands of people into the city. Community engagement can occur in many ways, for many purposes. This is not community engagement where the aim is to empower people or to involve them in decision-making. But it is certainly community engagement that helps create a vibrant city and probably helps build social capital.