Vivid Festival, Museum of
Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW
See Sydney in a sparkling new light during the annual Vivid Sydney. Each winter, the world’s best designers and artists transform the city. See stunning images projected onto Sydney Opera House, control the lights on the Harbour Bridge, play with interactive light sculptures throughout the city centre, experience great music and hear inspiring talks.
Reasons to attend
1. What started out as a little idea to boost winter business in central Sydney is now one of the city’s biggest success stories. Vivid started in 2009 with four elements but has since been streamlined into three simple concepts – light, music and ideas – that unfold over 18 days. The event is now so popular that it attracts nearly 1.5 million attendees each year.
2. Grab a camera and experience Sydney in a whole other light. Australia’s harbour city is gorgeous by day but, with help from the world’s most cutting-edge artists and designers, it is transformed into something magical with light-art sculptures, grand-scale projections and installations in unexpected places.
Experience: The Sydney Harbour Bridge can be climbed all year but it’s particularly spectacular during Vivid. Climb the bridge at night for a bird’s-eye view of the projections on the Opera House sails and the lighting of other city landmarks. For the past few years, climbers have worn flashing vests to become part of the light show.