Vivid Sydney continues to innovate with new light installations and events on offer over two weeks from 26 May - 17 June. The festival of lights, music, ideas and food is running for its 13th year but still keeps us guessing on what they'll do each time. New York may never sleep, but Sydney never gets old (and neither does this festival).
Start planning your Vivid visit to see the beautiful city and harbour glow far brighter than usual. The below free events will transform your wintry nights.
Location: Darling Harbour
This free concert will be a main attraction with a hefty list of local musicians set to take the stage at Tumbalong Park
. Depending on the night, you can see live performances by Dan Sultan, Emma Donovan, Pink Matter, Yothu Yindi and many others. On 2 June, the radio channel Triple J will be celebrating its famous Unearthed music competition by inviting previous winners to perform.
Get your glowsticks ready (you know you want to!) and enjoy the best beats of the festival in the middle of the Darling Harbour precinct. This event will be taking place on select festival nights. Plan ahead and check the concert schedule here
Combine the concert with a short stroll to Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay for the impressive light installation, Elemental
. Regardless of where you stand, you will see the water transform into a stage of fire, water shooters and projections.
The theme focuses on the main elements of nature, exploring how harmony and balance is central to our evolving planet. Set to a soundtrack, the light installation at Darling Harbour is always a must-see Vivid destination.
Elemental at Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay
Step into this immersive visual experience at Vivid House. Walk through four levels of floor-to-ceiling imagery that will surround you with different themes, each inspired by the natural Australian landscape.
The installation will include snowcapped mountains, warm sunsets, the ocean floor and native birds. This 360 degree installation promises to transport you to places you've only dreamed of.
The Last Ocean
Infinity at Vivid House, Barangaroo
The stargazer lawn (what a great name btw) will be the setting for this large-scale outdoor installation that is both moving and magnificent.
Visitors can walk across plastic that has been reclaimed from the ocean and recycled to create an 'ice sheet' from the neighbouring continent of Antarctica. Despite the few footprints that have been made on the icy region, Antarctica is being affected by climate change and rising ocean temperatures.
The artwork interacts with people's movements so you can see the Antarctic sea spill over to change the shape of the ice sheet. It is designed to reflect the changes occurring to the continent itself. Imagine what it would be like to walk across the vast Antarctic landscape at this festival installation.
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Location: Central Station
The Goods Line Walk
'The Last Ocean' artwork by Jen Lewin
This city walking trail is worthy of a wonder, with a series of installations to see and music to vibe to. Each night, there will be a designated Vivid DJ playing on the The Goods Line stage
, from 6pm - 10.30pm.
Start or end your journey at Central station's western fašade, which will be projecting images to highlight the building's history. Other artworks along the walk include the Waterlight Graffiti
, an interactive LED blackboard, and Common Ground
, an installation exploring the calm and chaos of nature at the Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo.
The Vivid Sydney website
has all details including an easy-to-use map, although it won't be difficult to find your way. Just follow the crowds!
Location: Circular Quay
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Central Station's western facade and clock tower
The popular art gallery that sits next door to Circular Quay train station will become a canvas of projections throughout Vivid. See projected artwork bathe the six-storey art deco style building including Barerarerungar
. The stunning visual display is a signature of the festival that you won't want to miss, even if you've seen it before.
You can also look across to the projections on the Sydney Opera House, which really needs no introduction. And on select festival nights, you can see the 'Written in the Stars' drone show flying in the sky above, commencing at 9pm.
View dates of the drone show on the festival website
. It is recommended to arrive early, before the start of the show, to secure an optimum vantage point (and bring snacks!).
The MCA at Vivid Sydney in 2014. Photo by Patty Jansen (Wikimedia Commons)