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Stunning colourful displays throughout Sydney Harbour
Vivid Sydney 2013
It's that time of year again, where Sydney's iconic Circular Quay becomes the centre of attention of bright and colourful lights and dazzling light shows for every night crawler to see in the one place.

At last year's Vivid Sydney Festival the lights went on without a hitch (so to speak) and this year is going to be no exception with expanded areas such as Sydney's iconic Darling Harbour now becoming part of Sydney's Vivid footprint and with images like this, you'd sure be in for a real treat.



What Is New This Year for Vivid?

Well I am glad you asked, let's take a look at what we are going to cover for Vivid Sydney 2013;

Vivid Aquatique

What is it? A completely immersive water show.

This year, Vivid is bringing you an incredible water theatre show that is sure to light up your expectations at Darling Harbour.

The show brings together colour and music with a 20-metre wall of light showing its inspiration from the fountains of Versailles. This is the first time something of this size is been done in Australia and you definitely do not want to miss it!

When: Every night from 6pm to midnight, 24 May - 10 June
Where: Darling Harbour, Sydney

Click here for more details

Move your Building!

What is it? You get to control sound and display on one of Sydney's most iconic buildings, Customs House.

Customs House at Circular Quay will once again become a striking canvas of light shows and animations for Vivid. This year though, there is something completely different and it's called Move Your Building.



Ever wanted to be able to just dance to your hearts content and be able to show it off to everyone around you? Well you can by choosing a set tune from a playlist and decide on a theme of vibrant colours for Customs House then dance on a mini dance floor situated in front of the building.

When: Every night from 6pm to midnight, 24 May - 10 June
Where: Customs House, Alfred Street, Circular Quay

What else is on inside Customs House?

  • Beautiful black and white images of Cuba is on show on level 1 as part of the 2013 Reportage Festival
  • The Head On Photo Festival now in it's fourth year running will be featured on level 2


Click here for more details

Light Up the Harbour Bridge

What is it? You get to light up a section of the Harbour Bridge

Other than being Sydney's most stunning iconic landmark bridge, what is on offer this year for Vivid you ask? Well, this year for the first time ever you can control what shows up on the bridge.



Using interactive lighting technology, you can light up whichever section of the bridge you choose with your own colours and then watch your colourful creation come to life on the grey arch and spans of the bridge.

When: Every night from 6pm to midnight, 24 May - 10 June
Where: Sydney Harbour Bridge

Click here for more details

The Vivid Light Walk

What is it? Throughout Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and other areas, fantastic light and interactive displays to keep you occupied.

Saving the best to last, as with Vivid in the past Sydney invites you on a magical journey through an amazing world of colour, design and cool technology. This year, Sydney is extending the footprint of the Vivid Light Walk to also include Fort Dennison, the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Walsh Bay and Darling Harbour.



This year Vivid Sydney begins at Fort Denison and continues on the western boardwalk of Sydney Opera House. A series of interactive and immersive light art sculptures and installations show the way with some fun and interactive displays.

At Circular Quay, be on the lookout for a huge old-fashioned light bulb. Bulky Bulb, as it is called, is marked with translucent tubes pulsating with colourful LED lights, you can't miss it.

The Electric Canvas makes a return in 2013 at Cadman's Cottage. The Canvas uses a large touch screen, where you can create your own architectural projection. With many different themes, tools and colour palettes you can select different sections and then apply textures and animations to the cottage while you watch. Also a photo of each of the artworks created will go to Vivid's twitter account so that you can download or retweet!

When: Every night from 6pm to midnight, 24 May - 10 June
Where: Sydney Harbour foreshore from Sydney Opera House to Walsh Bay

There are many more things to do at this year's Vivid festival of light and colour, it's near impossible to mention all the excellent things to witness and play. Be sure to check out their main website for full details and plan your visit to ensure you get to see everything.
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Why? Stunning light and colour displays taking over Sydney's iconic Circular Quay for fun and interactivity
When: 24th May - 10 June 2013
Phone: 61 2 8114 2400
Where: Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Walsh Bay
Cost: Free
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