The world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas is transforming Sydney into a colourful showcase of illuminations, sensational sounds and creative thinking. Photos by Destination NSW.
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Lights, Camera, Vivid!

Sydney burst into breathtakingly brilliant colour tonight as the lights switched on for the 10th anniversary of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

The ‘Lights On’ moment, marking the start of the festival, saw all eyes turn to the world-famous Sydney Opera House for the Lighting of the Sails, created this year by award-winning Australian artist, Jonathan Zawada, and featuring fantastical digital sculptures of everyday objects and natural specimens that evolve, dissolve and metamorphose.

This year the lights shine bright each night at nine precincts across Sydney including Barangaroo, Chatswood, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Kings Cross, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Taronga Zoo and, for the first time, Luna Park.



Luna Park

Luna Park makes its Vivid Sydney debut with a grand light show, Spirit of Fun on Coney Island, taking visitors on a wild ride of a different kind, while the Ferris Wheel will shine brighter, following a refit of more than 3,000 LED lights.



Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney will be home to its largest footprint for Vivid Sydney yet, with a number of standout installations including: The Bloom a dazzling flower in the Garden with each guest featured at the centre of its 5-metre petals; a meandering puzzle-like pathway of light Aqueous that reacts when the young at heart jump, run and play on it; and a Vivid Sydney first for Government House, which will be lit by a projection designed by TAFE NSW students.



Vivid Music Highlights

Grammy award winning rock star and goddess of reinvention, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist St Vincent will take to the stage for one exceptional night only on 17 June at Carriageworks.

It’s all things jazz with the Innovators in Jazz series at the City Recital Hall featuring triple Grammy award winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis and some of the world’s finest jazz vocalists, including Grammy winning baritone Kurt Elling and unparalleled songstress Madeleine Peyroux. Also joining the line-up is Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria who will mesh stand up comedy with her sultry vocals in her live show.

Super-scale live music and art event Curve Ball hits Carriageworks on 18 June, headlined by Alison Wonderland. Sydney’s most eclectic masquerade-ball-rock-show takes over the Enmore Theatre on 7 June when Young Hearts Run Free brings to life the celebrated soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet.



This year’s Vivid Sydney app conveniently matches your current location with the closest light installations, music, and ideas events. You can also add activities to your calendar so you don’t miss a thing. Download the app here.

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