Photo by: Destination NSW
What is Vivid Light?
Vivid is synonymous with the light art that covers Sydney’s iconic buildings in technicolour, dressing her up for the thousands of visitors she receives each night. From secret tunnels adorned with sparkling lights to the sails of the Opera House and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney’s harbourside treasures become a canvas for creativity.
This year, Sydney will transform with more than 50 light installations, 3D projection artworks coming to life as the sun sets.
First Light will open the festival on May 26 – this year curated by Vivid Sydney’s First Nations Advisor, Rhoda Roberts AO – with a Welcome to Country and a performance from Yothu Yindi.
At the Sydney Opera House, Lighting of the Sails will illuminate the sky with works of one of Australia’s most famed artists, John Olsen. Above in the sky, Written in the Stars will feature more than 1,000 drones over six shows for that will be the biggest drone show in the Southern Hemisphere.
You can see the full program of what’s on at Vivid House, the immersive 360° experience here.
Where is the Vivid Light Walk?
The Vivid Light Walk is a special Vivid festival route through the city guided by live music and entertainment and more than 57 attractions, including light installations, 3D-mapped projections, venue takeovers and jaw-dropping spectacles. This year the lights, installations and performances of the Vivid Light Walk extend all the way from Circular Quay to Central Station in a supersized eight-and-a-half kilometre pathway. Start at the beacons at Circular Quay and wander past the Museum of Contemporary Art to see the projections on the Sydney Opera House from Dawes Point. Head to Wynyard Station to the abandoned railway tunnels (open to the public for the first time!), then onto Walsh Bay, Barangaroo and into Darling Harbour, Darling Square and Darling Quarter and up to Central Station to see the eternal bonfire Fluxit.
What is Vivid ideas?
Vivid Ideas brings provoking discussions, debates and subjects and deep dives into controversial and leading-edge topics to challenge and expand our way of thinking with appearances from some of the world’s greatest minds, innovators and creatives. This year, Vivid Ideas gathers some of the world’s brightest minds and fearless storytellers, with 60 intriguing talks and workshops, exploring community, authenticity, respect, love and lessons learnt from the natural world.