22 May 2015

Visit Vivid Sydney to experience the world's largest festival of light, music and ideas

Source: Vivid Sydney/Destination NSW.

Vivid Sydney, the world's largest festival of light, music and ideas will light up the Harbour City all the way to 8 June. The festival welcomed 1.43 million people last year.

"For 18 days and nights visitors will experience Sydney like never before as the city bursts with creativity and sheer, brilliant light. It's truly an un-missable event, and one which we are very proud of," said NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres. 

Sydney's iconic landmarks, its Harbour and urban spaces have all been transformed by 3D projections and over 60 light installations, including the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Vivid Light stretches across The Rocks, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Walsh Bay, Martin Place in the Central Business District, The Star & Pyrmont as well as new areas for Vivid in 2015 - Central Park in Chippendale, awarded the world's best tall building, and Chatswood to the city's north.

Lighting artists from around the world were invited to submit their creative ideas, with 140 chosen from 16 countries to create works during Vivid Sydney.

The Vivid Music programme of cutting edge music including Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House showcases unique performances and collaborations, presenting over 90 performances in venues across the city including Grace Jones, Sufjan Stevens, Daniel Johns and Australia's own The Hoodoo Gurus.

Vivid Ideas brings audiences some of the most intelligent and creative minds, who will be together for talks, seminars, conferences, workshops and forums on a grand scale. With 150 sessions and over 400 speakers, the Vivid Ideas programme boasts highlights such as multi-Emmy-winning writer Matthew Weiner -- series creator and exec producer of Mad Men and former executive producer of The Sopranos, who will share insights following his worldwide success in the creative industry.

"Each and every year, Vivid Sydney aims to connect and inspire people in a shared, vibrant, multi-coloured experience. Vivid Sydney puts art into the hands of the public, giving visitors a visually triumphant feast of artistic and technical innovation," said Sandra Chipchase, Chief Executive Office of Destination NSW, the State Government's tourism and major events agency, which owns and manages Vivid Sydney.

Some Vivid Sydney picks:

Source: Vivid Sydney/
Destination NSW.
The famous Sydney Opera House will once again transform the sails into a colourful living mural with help from UK company Universal Everything. Harbour Lights will see a fleet of boats change colours as they ferry through the waterways, and Paint The Town will let visitors take control of the city's skyline and illuminate it in a rainbow of bright lights.

Visit the Argyle Cut to hear from Sir David Attenborough

Get lost in the magic of Mother Nature and hear a few words from Sir David Attenborough at The Argyle Cut from 7pm each week night, and 6pm on weekends. Life Story is based on four years of footage that was captured for BBC's Life Story TV series and will bring The Argyle Cut to life with flowing natural imagery of birds, marine and animal life.

Hug a three-metre crocheted Dolly

Visit Dolly for a Vivid Sydney hug, and take a photo with the Sydney Opera House in the background (hashtag #ilovesydney).

Martin Place hang-out

Spend some time in Martin Place to see light installations like Robotanic, Spectra and Drum Circle. Take on friends with Intel's "a game of drones" before heading to Transcendence, an incredible construction that boasts Intel Real Sense technology, live art projections and some of Sydney's best food offerings including Porteno, Thievery, Agape Organic, Cantina Mobil and the Cow and the Moon.

Chatswood and Sydney University

Vivid Sydney has expanded in 2015 so be sure to get to Chatswood to learn the underwater aquatic story of Norbert and The Nautilus and visit the Cabana Bar and 4 Pines Rooftop Bar at Night Markets at The Concourse for refreshments.

The University of Sydney's Vivid Path to the Future programme kicks off from Monday 25 May. Think awe-inspiring building projections and a jam-packed music programme at the Seymour Centre.

Selfie lovers delight

Chat with roaming Canon ambassadors along the Circular Quay Light Walk who will give tips on how to take the perfect shot of Vivid Sydney, whether it's on a smartphone or SLR. Then head to the You Are Here installation to master the perfect selfie with the Sydney Opera House as the background.

For gamers and YouTube fans 

The first ever event of its kind in Australia, Game I ON is worth a visit for anyone who is into gaming, social media, YouTube, vlogging and creating or developing. Some of YouTube's biggest stars including fouseyTUBE, Jayesslee and The Royal Stampede will share their digital secrets at the Australian Technology Park till 24 May.


Get the full Vivid Sydney programme