Experimental arts festival Soft Centre to feature at Sydney Opera House

The good news keeps coming with the announcement of experimental arts festival Soft Centre debuting at the Sydney Opera House as part of the ‘OUTLINES Digital Performance Lab’. It’ll be programmed into the 2021 UnWrapped Festival on Sunday 30 May.

The OUTLINES Digital performance lab will boast a ”two-part event which brings leading technologists together with boundary-pushing artists to rethink the future of performance.” With the release adding its ”… designed to connect physical and digital worlds, Outlines features artists embracing and disrupting digital platforms and technology to deliver new forms of live performance.”

Soft Centres installation dubbed ‘Apotheosis’ will be a collaboration with digital artist Serwah Attafuah that’ll feature ”a real-time motion capture performance” along with ”live music by ptwiggs, movement by Lydia Kivela and tech development by Sam Whiteside, Andre Vanderwert and Matt Hermans.”

Check out a teaser below.


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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 for UnWrapped is a seriously exciting prospect.

The convergence of a traditional space like The Sydney Opera House and contemporary arts innovators Soft Centre couldn’t come at a better time.

The festival program 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.

Visit the Sydney Opera House site for more details and tickets with the resulting video works available to watch on the Sydney Opera Houses ‘Stream’ platform in June.