Experimental arts festival announce year-long residency at The Sydney Opera House

The good news keeps coming with the announcement of a year-long partnership between local experimental arts festival Soft Centre and iconic venue The Sydney Opera House.

Soft Centre is the South Western Sydney based annual festival that curates one day of ”Experimental electronic music, radical performance art, large-scale light installations and new media works…” at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. The site makes a fitting platform for the festival with its towering concrete walls and otherworldly and subterranean internal spaces.

The Sydney Opera House is known to all for its purpose-built acoustically treated rooms and recent renovations making it the perfect spot for any music and arts programs. That’s why the cross-collaboration between the two over the next 12 months a seriously exciting prospect.

Taking to Instagram to announce the partnership Soft Centre revealed they’ll be planning loads of interesting programs including ”… small and large-scale events, new commissions, new partnerships and forays into emerging tech.”

The initial installation is ‘Apotheosis’, a collaboration with Serwah Attafuah that’ll feature ”a real-time motion capture performance” that’ll feature ”live music by ptwiggs, movement by Lydia Kivela and tech development by Sam Whiteside, Andre Vanderwert and Matt Hermans.”

It’ll be part of ‘Outlines’ a ”two-part event which brings leading technologists together with boundary-pushing artists to rethink the future of performance.” adding it’s ”… designed to connect physical and digital worlds, Outlines features artists embracing and disrupting digital platforms and technology to deliver new forms of live performance.”


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The convergence of a traditional space like The Sydney Opera House and contemporary arts innovators Soft Centre couldn’t come at a better time. It joins the removal of the archaic lockout laws, the appointment of a Night-Time Economy Commissioner and a draft of the NSW Governments ’24-hour Economy Strategy’. A strategy that looks to revitalise the nightlife for locals and once again make Sydney a global destination.