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Each year, Sydney becomes a canvas for brilliant light installations and projections. Vivid Sydney attracts more than 2.3 million visitors and sees historic sights – including the Sydney Opera House, Customs House and Taronga Zoo Sydney – illuminated in brilliant colour. The program also includes big-ticket music performances, creative conferences, talks, and workshops.
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Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring an outdoor 'gallery' of extraordinary lighting sculptures, a cutting-edge contemporary music program, some of the world's most important creative industry forums and, of course, the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.
The Vivid Light Walk guides festival-goers on how to best to enjoy the amazing light installations. The route stretches for more than two kilometres (1.2 miles) from The Rocks to the Sydney Opera House and through the Royal Botanic Garden. Many of the light installations are interactive, which adds up to hours of fun.
Vivid ideas runs alongside the public light show and is an annual celebration of innovation and creativity, comprising of more than 200 events and 400 speakers. The program is diverse, bringing together Australia’s creative industries – design, architecture, film, animation and advertising – to exchange ideas and mingle.
Each year the Sydney Opera House plays host to a stellar line-up of Australian and international artists as part of Vivid music. Previous hot-ticket performances saw the likes of Cat Power, Solange and Ice Cube. Other small bars and large venues, such as the multi-arts centre Carriageworks in Eveleigh, host an eclectic range of live performances and collaborations.
Grab a camera and see Sydney transform into a large-scale work of art over 23 nights. Australia’s harbour city is gorgeous by day, but with help from the world’s most creative artists and designers, it is transformed into something magical with light-art sculptures, grand-scale projections and installations in unexpected places. While much of the after-dark sparkle is concentrated in Circular Quay and Darling Harbour, Vivid Sydney has expanded to other popular city precincts: Barangaroo, Luna Park, Chatswood and Taronga Zoo Sydney.