Simply put, Vivid Sydney is an annual festival of Light, Music and Ideas. Running from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June 2019, it's armed with 316 events and more. It's a unique annual event that features many of the world's most important creative industry forums, a mesmerising free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures, a cutting edge contemporary music program over 23 days, and the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails. Click HERE for the Vivid Light Walk Map, and HERE for The Program Guide.
You'll find the website very easy to navigate, with the ability to choose all events via location or date, so start formulating your itinerary and get tickets for events you don't want to miss out on. If you want to just stop and take in the views a while, it's touted that the American Express Lounge at the Cruise Bar Rooftop on level 3 of the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay has the best view of Vivid Sydney. If you're a card member, you're in luck! The Lounge is open to Card Members every night (T&C's apply) from 24 May to 15 June, Monday to Sunday 5:30pm – 10:30pm
While you're there, take note that Street Food Live is running for the duration of Vivid Sydney from 5pm to 11pm, at the Overseas Passenger Terminal Forecourt, where you'll find select street food vendors, gourmet food stalls, artisan deserts, handcrafted beverage makers and more to satisfy your dining needs.
Another great way to experience the fabulous sights and sounds of Vivid Sydney is to board a luxury $5 million dollar catamaran. You'll be treated to a free drink on arrival, and you can take advantage of an exclusive meal deal; both meal and cruise priced very reasonably.
Some of the most interesting programs lie with leading thinkers, creators and innovators who share their insights across tech, design, entertainment and culture. It's especially insightful as it explores and covers the meaning of love, loneliness and belonging in our fast-paced, ever-connected lives. The Spike Lee Talk is all sold out as is Esther Perel on Modern Love and the Digital Age; sending a signal that you really need to get in quick for events you don't want to miss.
The Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth explores the value of an inner life in the internet age. In an age of digital distractions, is there a price we'll pay for this constant interference? Join Pulitzer Prize winning author Sebastian Smee who'll be joined by psychologist and Digital Nutrition expert Jocelyn Brewer whose interest lies in the relationship between depression, sleep deprivation and the use of the smartphone. Holly Throsby (songwriter, muso & novelist) also joins the panel to share her insights on nourishing your creativity.
There are many others talks that would be of interest to those who are very connected to social media, and perhaps those who want to gain insight into current happenings for awareness. The Future of Sex forecasts trends in sextech that shape a sex-positive society in a world where technology penetrates even the most intimate corners of our lives. The Darkest Web is for you if you dare to look beneath the bright friendly light of your internet screen. It's the inside story of the internet's evil twin. Take a look at Japan's lonely generation, Dying for Company in an overworked and undersexed generation, with a population crisis looming due to birth rates crashing. It seems the alarming findings are not limited to Japan.
For inspiration and to learn something new, join one of many workshops, industry forums and business talks on offer. Semi Permanent and Future Forward sessions help you dose up on design inspiration where you'll hear from business leaders at the World Business Forum. Whether your interest lies in storytelling, podcasting, design and technology, health and wellness, fashion, design, music and art, there's a session for you. If you want to learn to be a change agent, join the Citizens of the World workshops and panel.
Sydney's skyline will be illuminated from 6pm each evening, so weave your way along the Light Walk to brighten up your winter nights. There's a lot to be seen across 8 precincts so plan multiple visits and pit stops to make the most of this vast outdoor gallery of light art. For your musical entertainment, you can tap into every imaginable genre in your favourite venues across the city from emerging and proven musical talent.
Kids love gloopy, squishy, stretchy, fluorescent green goo that was a craze in the 70s and 80s. It's back! It's oozing ouf ot tiny green trash cans, filling Cadmans Cottage. Kids and kids at heart can play in a virtual fountain of multi-coloured, sticky slime and interact and direct the flow of fun. What a great idea. You can now fling gelatinous blobs at one another for lots of fun without the mess! Find more activities for kids HERE. The Pixar Animation Studios is another good one for young and old. You'll get a behind-the-scenes sneak-peek at images from the upcoming Toy Story 4 amongst many a visual journey through creative processes.
As you can see, the program is chocka with a lot to go through. Be sure to explore every nook and cranny to make your Vivid Sydney experience phenomenal!