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Vivid Sydney 2016 and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Vivid Sydney will be back with its eight edition this May for a whopping 23 days. The festival, held from May 27th to June 18th, will be the longest in its history. For the first time since the inauguration of the festival Vivid adds a touch of fantasy to its natural world. Garden of Light is part of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney's 200th year birthday celebration which is held in conjunction with Vivid. The garden is one of the oldest public gardens in the Southern Hemisphere.
Enter the garden through Queen Elizabeth II Gates near Sydney Opera House, visitors will bedazzled into a wonderland of shimmering trees and dazzling bushes. Cathedral of Light, a 60 meters long arched tunnel decorated by tens of thousands of LED lights, is inspired by the traditional arched windows of heritage churches. It will evoke warmth and intimate feelings drawing people out of the darkness into the light.
After leaving the arched installation, visitors will enter a zone where you will find a mapped 3D work projected onto giant fig trees. Soon you will be greeted by Sentiment Cocoon, an architectural interactive installation where participants can express their moods through touch. These interactions will be transformed into patterns of lights travelling throughout the cocoon.
Make your way down to Rainbow Dancers, an exploration of the world of simulation inspired by corals native to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. As visitors walk through the installation, the lights respond by changing colours, creating live vibrant rhythms as if the corals come alive and blush if you are getting too close.
Garden of Light's extraordinary designs are the masterworks of HammerLighting, Mandylights, and Ample Projects. The show will open from 6pm till 11pm without any charge.
Prior to the light shows visitors could take a stroll to admire its collection of flowers and trees by joining a free guided walk. There are plenty of eateries near the garden. At Botanic Gardens Café you could have afternoon tea with muffins or order a picnic basket.
Don't forget to take photos with the living sculpture located near Queen Elizabeth II Gate and tag #Garden200. If you have a fond memory or story to share about the garden, tag #mygardenstory for your chance to win some exciting prizes! For more information, please visit the Garden's webpage here.
I visited it on 29 May, it was awesome particularly the Cathedral of Light. Each of the light bulb comes with a different design of plastic flower petals. At Busby, visitors could stop for a drink and meal. The spectacular view awaits visitors right before the slope exiting the exhibition - viewing the Opera House glowing with vivid light projections!