Sydney Gears Up for Biggest-Ever Vivid Sydney Festival


Once a year, Sydney is enshrouded in a kaleidoscope of colours, lights and sounds and it’s no exception this year. The Australian city will once again burst into action for Vivid Sydney Festival over 23 nights from 26 May to 17 June 2017.

Over 90 installations and projections, created by more than 180 Australian and international artists, will be showcased at the highly anticipated festival. That’s not all – even Sydney’s top chefs and restaurateurs are getting involved by coming up with Vivid-themed menus for the festival.

Last year’s Vivid Sydney saw more than 2.31 million attendees, and this year, Sydney promises a festival that is bigger than ever before. The line-up includes more than 400 Vivid Music events, up from 190 in 2016. Also in the pipeline are more than 260 Vivid Ideas sessions featuring 370 speakers, an increase from the 183 sessions last year.


Sydney Opera House A series of living and breathing imaginary creatures will come to life on the iconic Sydney Opera House Sails for the Lighting of the Sails. Audio Creatures is the work of acclaimed cinematographer, editor and graphic designer Ash Bolland together with content house, Spinifex. The soundtrack to accompany the animation is by musician, composer and producer of electronic music, Amon Tobin. Nightly from 6pm – 11pm
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA, sandstone original building) Organic Vibrations is a collaboration between Australian artist, Julia Gorman, and Paris-based creative and artistic collective, Danny Rose. A single, coherent artwork is created from the constant morphing and mutation of a series of images, which flow seamlessly over the façade of the MCA. Nightly from 6pm – 11pm
Barangaroo (South)

(New Precinct)

An exciting trail of colour and light where visitors will become part of the artwork with A day in the light, an outdoor theatre of light and sound. Optical illusions reveal the stories of Barangaroo (South) at Trapdoor. Nightly from

6pm – 11pm

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney The Light Walk returns to the Gardens with an expanded journey along the waterfront. Highlights include Birds of Lumos, Dipping Birds, You lookin at me? and what is sure to be a popular photo backdrop Sydneyland. Nightly from 6pm – 11pm
Taronga Zoo Vivid Sydney’s wildest precinct will return with Lights for the Wild featuring giant animal light sculptures. This year a cast of new characters and surprises join 2016 favourites, including a swarm of buzzing bees and a giant interactive Port Jackson shark. Nightly from 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Circular Quay and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Dreamscape, a large interactive lighting display, will link precincts from the Sydney Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge into one cohesive canvas of light. Participants take charge of the colours and patterns, enhancing the cityscape before them, through hands-on use of a beautiful 3D interactive model of Sydney’s skyline.


Harbour Lights will return to light-up the waterways with illuminated ferries and boats. Eora-Bennelong honours one of Australia’s most celebrated individuals from the days of first contact Woollarawarre Bennelong on the southern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Nightly from 6pm – 11pm



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