Vivid Sydney, which ends on June 17, is an annual celebration of light, music and ideas. Photo via Facebook
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Vivid Sydney

What started as the standalone Smart light festival in 2009 has involved into one of the world’s most spectacular and inclusive community events that attracts performers from all over the world. Vivid Sydney, which ends on June 17, features creative industry forums, a contemporary music program, and a mesmerising exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures in a number of precincts across the city.


Festival highlights

Light: This year’s Vivid Light program includes Audio Creatures projected on to the sails of the Sydney Opera House, installations at the new Barangaroo (South) precinct, the retro-futuristic smart city at Chatswood, and Lights for the Wild at Taronga Zoo.

Music: See and hear the “musical mind” of a fascinating, steampunk-themed percussion installation at  The Octopoda in Chatswood; groove to Silent Sounds Silent Disco underground at the Oxford Art Factory, and the robotic stilt walkers and Hula Hooping Geishas at Tokyo Disco at The Rocks.

Ideas: More than 400 Vivid Music events will be held across the city alongside 280 Vivid Ideas events including the Game-Changers Talk Series with American contemporary artists Shephard Fairey and BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti.

Also check out The Canon Collective Walking Tours ($99), where you can hone your low light photography, composition and long exposure skills while capturing the best of Vivid.



Soak up panoramic views while dancing under the stars during Vivid Sydney with BridgeClimb Sydney. Photo by BridgeClimb Sydney

Vivid Climb

Throughout the festival, BridgeClimb Sydney is offering a special Vivid Climb experience where you get to dance on top of the iconic


Sydney Harbour Bridge on an illuminated 70’s style multi-coloured flashing dance floor! Now, that’s something you don’t get to do every day.

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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