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Over 23 nights from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June, Vivid Sydney will transform the city into a creative canvas as Sydney once more stages the largest festival of Light, Music and Ideas in the Southern Hemisphere.

Vivid Sydney's wildest precinct Taronga Zoo will light up with Lights for the Wild and raise awareness of critical species the Zoo is committed to protecting. Beginning at the heritage listed main entrance, follow an illuminated trail of almost 300 technologically advanced interactive lantern sculptures of endangered species that the zoo is committed to protecting. Meet the magnificent Sumatran Tiger and her new gorgeous tiger cubs, the ever-lovable koala, a swarm of tiny buzzing bees and our larger-than-life gorilla family – plus a whole cast of other captivating creatures that will sparkle in the night.

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney will be illuminated by artworks that reflect both light and nature when Vivid Sydney returns for 2019. Entering through the Queen Elizabeth II Gates, visitors can explore 15 mesmerising, playful and informative installations.

Weave your way through giant blades of Dancing Grass, cruise along a River of Light, and marvel at an aerial ballet of 500 tiny light points in the shimmering Firefly Field. Collaborate with friends, family and complete strangers to create beautiful tunes and light under the Harmony tree. Or ponder the circannual cycle of light levels on the earth's surface, across a day, month and year with Circa, a light sculpture stretching over 33 metres. The interactive adventures continue throughout your stroll.

Darling Harbour will be turned into a future space-age interactive adventure with Light, Music and Ideas to entertain and inspire visitors of all ages and abilities. Vivid Sydney's inclusive playground Tumbalong Lights is back with the support of Access and Inclusion partner Cushman & Wakefield.


Barangaroo will be transformed into a wondrous Winter Camp, where visitors will experience layers of light, sound and puppetry reflective of the land and water. The magnificent, six-metre tall puppet Marri Dyin (Great Woman) returns, this year accompanied for the first time by a school of captivating fish puppets operated by Sydney students from local schools. Winter Camp draws inspiration from the changing of the seasons, and invites visitors to share in the stories of the land and its relationship with First Nation peoples.

six-metre tall puppet Marri Dyin (Great Woman)
six-metre tall puppet Marri Dyin (Great Woman)

In its second year, the ever-grinning Luna Park Sydney dazzles again after dark for Vivid Sydney. The entire Amusement Park comes alive with brilliant shapes, patterns and colours that lights the Midway promenade and enhance high-octane rides. Pictured: Spirit Of Fun – Coney Island celebrates the unique history and magic of Luna Park with a grand projection on it exterior.

Vivid Sydney is where history and innovation collide at The Rocks. The Rocks is the heartbeat of the Harbour City, and a hotspot for the immensely popular Vivid Light Walk; a journey that stretches three kilometres, unveiling mesmerising and thought-provoking sculptures, projections and installations along the way. Throughout the historic Rocks, iconic buildings will be transformed through colourful vision and patterns, alleyways will be lit by glowing clouds and ballerinas will dance through the night sky.


The Rocks
The Rocks

Celebrating the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages, the southern pylon of Sydney Harbour Bridge is set to come to life with Eora: Broken Spear curated by Rhoda Roberts AO with projection design by The Electric Canvas. This powerful work reminds us to reflect, to call country, to read country and listen to country.

In a partnership first, Academy-Award winning Pixar Animation Studios will illuminate Sydney's heritage-listed Argyle Cut in The Rocks with a creative light projection that will delight visitors of all ages as they are transported through a visual feast of behind-the-scene artwork and the evolution of iconic animation and captivating characters of Pixar films, including the beloved duo of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and a sneak-peek at the images from the upcoming Toy Story 4, which hits cinemas June 20, 2019.

Circular Quay makes up part of the immensely popular three-kilometre Vivid Light Walk, a journey that takes visitors through streets, harbour coves and garden parklands. Circular Quay offers guests a surprising and exciting mix of projections, sculptures and installations from east to west.

At First Fleet Park, The Samsung Electric Playground invites guests into a celebration of light, sound and imagination powered by advanced mobile technology. The site features a field of over 320 dynamic light poles, 23 of which will they can control directly; a 6.5-metre illuminated Infinity Slide; and an elevated view of picturesque Sydney Harbour from the Sky Walk platform. The Samsung Galaxy Studio is an immersive space that boasts tailored light experiences that are inspired by guests own unique irises and heartbeats generating their very own installations. The Samsung Galaxy Studio also features a one-of-a-kind interactive art piece by up-and-coming Australian artist George Rose.

Samsung Electric Playground
Samsung Electric Playground

The façade of Customs House is once again transformed to become an aquatic wonderland in Under the Harbourby Spinifex Group, sure to delight children and adults alike, featuring neon sea creatures, botanical wonderlands, and unclassified oddities.

Customs House
Customs House

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will be transformed by award-winning Australian-Columbian artist Claudia Nicholson who, together with light veterans Spinifex Group, reimagine her vibrant artworks into Let Me Down, an animated cycle of creation, destruction and regeneration underscored by the cool and contemporary sounds of Lonelyspeck.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
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