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Sydney lights up and comes to life in an awesome way
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A Vivid Sydney light installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art

A kaleidoscope of colour, art, music, energy and life. The best of Sydney's landmarks come to life. This is Vivid Sydney, and 2013 will mark the fifth anniversary of this colour spectacle. No different to how the respective Town Halls of Sydney and Melbourne lit up at Christmas in 2012; Vivid Sydney has a lights on policy at 6pm from the 24th of May to the 10th of June 2013. The best thing of all, they're free to view and appreciate. There are a few ticketed events at Vivid Sydney, further information of which will be on the Vivid Sydney website from time to time.

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Interesting light art along the East Circular Quay promenade

This is where our winter lights up and gets all colourful. Think the pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Sydney Opera House, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Customs House to name. Lights go out at midnight, and this is everyday during Vivid Sydney.

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Lights supreme

Its not just the buildings that light up our worlds at this time of year. There are short term sculptures that come to life as you're walking along the Circular Quay promenade. Brightly striking signposts tell you more about what is on offer at the given art stands.

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The popular cartoon art installation at Customs House

The musical line up and many of the designs are yet to be finalised for Vivid Sydney 2013, as at the time of writing this. Sydney was in for a treat when Florence and The Machine were part of the opening celebrations at the Sydney Opera House in 2012. Walsh Bay sets the arts and theatre scene in The Rocks, and there is an abundance of colour thanks to Vivid Sydney during this event.

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Vivid Sydney you colour my world

A great treat for all, and is also a kid friendly event. The cartoon art installation at Customs House was like a tick tock cartoon character theme with upbeat tunes. The crowds exceeded all expectations, and no doubt deja vu would strike in 2013. This is amazing, and was just one of 60 art installations going on as part of this annual event.

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Sydney is looking forward to Vivid Sydney again in 2013

Want to up the ante on your Vivid Sydney experience in 2013? As Circular Quay is the Vivid Sydney hotspot, and you have a bit of time to kill before Vivid Sydney starts; then why not hop on a Manly Ferry. Grab a quick bite to eat over in Manly, and/or stroll along Manly Beach and then catch the ferry back to Circular Quay just as day turns into night, say roughly around 6:30ish and that way you will arrive to Vivid Sydney in style. It is petty cool (despite the cooler, winter months) to find yourself on a ferry near the Sydney Harbour Bridge and thereby watching the best views of Vivid Sydney along the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House in particular from the comfort of a ferry. Good views are guaranteed. It is all about the timing and planning ahead. The good thing is that Vivid Sydney is also carbon neutral, hence as earth friendly as possible.

Vivid Sydney is one of five signature events in the New South Wales events calendar. Looking forward to it already.

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Why? Colourful Sydney lights up - over 60 different art installations can be viewed for free
When: Lights on at 6pm throughout event period, off at midnight.
Phone: 02 8114 2400
Where: Throughout the city. The hotspot is Circular Quay
Cost: Free. Otherwise there are some ticketed events as part of Vivid Sydney as well.
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