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Vivid Sydney transforms the sails of the Sydney Opera House


Vivid Sydney is an annual festival of light, music and ideas. It features a free public exhibition of outdoor sculptures of light, a contemporary music program, and many creative industry forums. For most of us, it means a fantastic light and lighting display from the Opera House to the Darling Harbour.

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An outdoor lighting sculpture at the Circular Quay, Sydney.


This year, Vivid Sydney is running from 23rd May to the 9th June 2014. The Queen's Birthday Long Weekend is the perfect opportunity to come down to Sydney and enjoy the lights and music of Vivid Sydney 2014.

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The nights are not that cold these past few days and Vivid Sydney at the Opera House was buzzing with people.


For two years in a row (or maybe more?) I have seen the sails of the Opera House transform from getting windblown to being a dilapidated structure falling apart. A girl used to twist and turn on the sails like it was a bed, and I thought I would see the same trick this year. The $35 parking fee at the Opera House wouldn't be worth it then. To my surprise, however, the light show at the sails of the Opera House this year was different. It was spectacular, and I stood there to watch the show from start to finish.

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A jewel, one of the lighting sculptures in the Circular Quay, Sydney.


While the kids would certainly love the play of light projected on the Opera House and the Old Customs House, the dancing lights and water at the Darling Harbour is something that should not be missed. Recently introduced to be part of Vivid Sydney, it is a crowd drawer, and since there's probably more you can do in the Darling Harbour, make it a destination when you come for Vivid Sydney.

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Last year's Vivid Sydney display at the Opera House.

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