1. Game-Changers: Tyler Brûlé

Sydney does TED Talks: 8 things to see at Vivid Ideas

One of publishing's most influential and inspiring figures, Canadian-born Brûlé is the brains behind influential magazines Wallpaper and Monocle. The slick-suited editor-in-chief of Monocle and columnist for the Financial Times is also the CEO of Winkreative, a creative agency specialising in branding for fashion icons, airlines and countries (yes, really), so naturally, this will be a Vivid highlight. Tickets are sold out, but perhaps you can bribe one of your early bird ticket-holding friends?

Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay (Formerly Sydney Theatre), May 24, vividsydney.com

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2. Game-Changers: Stefan Sagmeister

Sydney does TED Talks: 8 things to see at Vivid Ideas

A design maestro and author of Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far, Sagmeister is so major he's won Grammys for his design work for Talking Heads, Brian Eno and David Byrne. With clients like the Rolling Stones, HBO and the Guggenheim Museum, Sagmeister's career is as fascinating as it is diverse. While tickets are scarce (ok, sold out) we suggest bribing anyone with tickets to record it for you.

Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay (Formerly Sydney Theatre), June 3, vividsydney.com

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3. Streets Ahead

Sydney does TED Talks: 8 things to see at Vivid Ideas

One of Vivid Ideas Curator Jess Scully's top ten festival picks, this mini event features renowned guest speakers from famed streetwear brands and creative agencies. Split over two days, the first includes discussions from two New Yorkers: art director and co-founder of label ALIFE Tony Arcabascio and Jeff Staple, founder of creative agency Staple Design, label STPL and retail store Reed Spac. Day two features speakers Greg Rivera, co-owner of lifestyle brand Mishka, plus Scien and Klor from Canadian brand 123KLAN. And for the diehard fans, there's also an all-day conference How To Get Streets Ahead with all four speakers.

aMBUSH Project Space Level 3, Central Park, May 27-28, vividsydney.com

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4.  Trust Me, I'm Creative - Trusting Creativity In The Workplace

Sydney does TED Talks: 8 things to see at Vivid Ideas

With an expert panel consisting of a scientist and leadership coach, a marketer, a creative director, an interactive technology expert and a musician, this two-hour presentation is a must for business leaders, HR or marketing managers. 

Vivid Ideas Exchange, Museum of Contemporary Art, June 3, vividsydney.com

5. Sound Advice

Sydney does TED Talks: 8 things to see at Vivid Ideas

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A series of five events featuring discussions from of the music industry's most prolific and influential artists, we're loving the lineup and the fact that each talk is hosted by ABC favourite Myf Warhurst. Plus, did we mention they're all free? See the schedule below and don't forget to register your interest on the Vivid site.

Sydney does TED Talks: 8 things to see at Vivid Ideas

May 28, 4.15pm: Isabella Manfredi from The Preatures
May 28, 5.30pm: Future Classic's Founders Nathan Mclay, Chad Gillard and Jay Ryves
May 28, 6.45pm: Nic Warnock from R.I.P Society/Repressed Records and Shogun from Royal Headache
May 29, 3pm: Bill Callahan
June 8: Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe from TV on the Radio

All events at the Joan Sutherland Theatre Northern Foyer, Sydney Opera House, vividsydney.com 

6. Cloud Sounds: Take A Tour Behind The Creative Process Underpinning Some Of The Biggest Hits In Australian Music

Sydney does TED Talks: 8 things to see at Vivid Ideas

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Music fans take note: this $15 event gibes you access to EDM musos James Lyell and Hugo Gruzman (Flight Facilities) and Mikah Freeman and Vance Musgrove (The Aston Shuffle), plus Augie March's Glenn Richards and Triple J's Tim Hardaker for a fascinating commentary on the way technology is shaping the music industry and the creative process. With all proceeds for the event going towards the Himalayan Development Foundation Australia's Disaster Relief Fund for victims of the Nepal earthquake, we're digging how it's brain food and charity rolled into one.

June 4, vividsydney.com.au

7.  Game-Changers: Matthew Weiner

Sydney does TED Talks: 8 things to see at Vivid Ideas

Another of Scully's picks, this discussion with the Emmy-award winning creator of Mad Men and former Sopranos writer will be led by writer-actress Kate Mulvaney. Our hot tip? Be sure to finish watching the last season of Mad Men - we're betting the last ep will be hot on the spoken agenda.

Sydney Town Hall, May 31 at 5.30pm, vividsydney.com

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8. Future of Work

Sydney does TED Talks: 8 things to see at Vivid Ideas

The aforementioned one-day Future of Work seminar features pertinent discussions from speakers across a variety of industries. From Etsy to Microsoft and everything in between, expect fascinating insights and lively discussion about Australia's ever-changing work culture.

Google Sydney, June 4, vividsydney.com

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