Sydney VIVID, winter festival of light, music and ideas. Buildings lit, 3D projections on the Opera House sails. Mostly free. Here’s what you need to know
Sydney VIVID runs for 18 days, from late May through early June. There are stunning light shows on the Opera House and many other buildings around town. The festival gets bigger and better each year.
From 1800-2400 (6pm to midnight) you’ll see more than 50 fantastic light shows playing around the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, The Rocks and Walsh Bay.
The first must see will be the large scale 3D projections on the sails of the Opera House – this is the signature light show of the festival.
All Sydney VIVID light shows are free, and they’re family friendly.
Sydney VIVID Light
Art sculptures, interactive installations and illuminated buildings will be on show every night from 6pm to midnight. Don’t forget your camera!
Expect to see colourful, 3D mapped projections on Sydney Opera House, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Customs House, all in Circular Quay. These will be some of the most spectacular lighting events in Sydney.
The action is not confined to the Quay area and not all limited to after dark. Each year adds different shows and displays, including day times.
The Sydney VIVID website puts up the full program and a downloadable map each year.It shows the installations and has suggested walking paths for the most extensive views of the light shows.
Sydney VIVID Music
Along with the light shows and sculptures, music is an integral part of Sydney VIVID. The Opera House is the winter festival’s key music venue.
Sydney VIVID Ideas
Sydney VIVID Ideas is a program of public and industry events in Sydney focusing on creative ideas, discussion and collaboration.
The creative hub of VIVID Sydney, many of the events are hosted at the MCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art. Check the program for venues and times.
The program includes keynote talks, information sessions and discussion panels, all open to the public (some have charges).
More Festival Help
Apps and Audio Guides are available to help you plan your nights on the town.
You’ll find details on the VIVID Sydney home page
During Sydney VIVID, there’s also an information booth at Customs House, Circular Quay. Nearby, LED pillars generally displays maps and artwork information.
Some years have included a free Harbour Shuttle. The Sydney VIVID website will have details if it’s operating.
Sydney VIVID 2017
Vivid Sydney 2017 runs till 17 June.
If it’s ideas you’re after, then don’t overlook Sydney City libraries. They’re chock full of them. And they’re easy to access, even for a visitor.