The biggest outdoor festival of the year, Vivid Sydney is returning to create a fantasyland of light, music, and ideas.

The biggest outdoor festival of the year, Vivid Sydney is returning to create a fantasyland of light, music, and ideas.

Vivid Sydney, the annual festival that lights up the city with art, music and endless creativity will be kicking off on May 26 and running until June 17.

Now in its ninth year, Vivid has become a must-do fixture in the annual calendar attracting more than 2.3 million visitors drawn to the chance to explore the city at night.

The festival takes three forms – Vivid Light, Vivid Music, and Vivid Ideas – that spreads across the city’s iconic venues, including the Sydney Opera House, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Botanical Gardens.

The big drawcard is the light walk, which transforms the landscape of the city into a dreamy, light-filled interactive artwork. Starting at the Rocks and snaking around the harbor to the Sydney Opera House, Vivid Light is a series of individual artworks designed to engage the senses and challenge how you traditionally experience public space, with the main attractions being the Lighting of the Sails and the projections on the exterior of the MCA.

Or, if you don’t want to delve too deeply, it’s simply a spectacular sensory spectacle of interactive colour. And it’s free.

There will be, across the month of Vivid, various ticketed events including Beth Orton, Goldfrapp, and the Sound Bubble Sound Party.

And that’s not even touching on the endless talks, presentations and panels presented by some of the art and design world’s most forward thinkers.


For a full schedule of events, including venues and ticketing information, head to the official Vivid Sydney website.

Vivid Sydney will take place across the city starting May 26 and wrapping up June 17.


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