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The drones are coming for Vivid, and we’re excited slash nervous

Nick Dent

Visitors to Sydney from the 1950s would not be surprised to learn that flying robots are real and will be dancing for our pleasure over Sydney Harbour during Vivid.

For five nights (June 8-12, weather permitting), 100 illuminated Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will perform a seven-minute choreographed routine, showcasing shapes and colours to the tune of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, performed live by the Sydney Youth Orchestra.

The spectacular work of tech corporation (and Sydney Opera House partners) Intel, the 100 drones only flew together for the first time last November, setting a Guinness World Record in the process. The Vivid performances, scheduled for 7.55pm each night, will be their public debut in a major city. The result looks for all the world like a friendly alien invasion – like something out of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Intel will set up a VIP viewing area for this event on the eastern side of the Opera House podium overlooking Farm Cove. A limited number of free tickets to view the performance from this prime position can be obtained via on Intel’s Drone 100 Facebook event page (maximum of two tickets per person).

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