Vivid Sydney: A Festival of Light, Music & Ideas in Australia by Fiona Whiley

4 years ago
Vivid Sydney: A Festival of Light, Music & Ideas in Australia

Every year, for about three weeks at the start of our winter, Sydney turns into the “City of Lights” as a festival of light, music and ideas – known as “Vivid Sydney” – takes place. Buildings and walkways around the city are illuminated with various light sculptures, installations and image projections, as well as interactive stations that people can engage with. The historic Rocks area, Circular Quay, the Opera HouseDarling Harbour, the city and surrounds host the displays and become integrated into colorful art works around the streets. Each year the displays and images are unique creations, providing a fresh experience every time.

Photo: Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo in 2016

This year, in 2018, Sydney celebrates the 10th anniversary of the festival, which has grown annually with increasing popularity. The streets come alive with food stalls and markets to accompany the light and music shows, while a steady stream of people flow through the illuminated events, sustained by exotic street food. Infusing buoyancy into every step is the novelty of experiencing an outdoor art gallery made of light, which comes to life after dark.

The Opera House projections are my favorite!

Photo: Vivid Sydney light display at the Opera House in 2015

Photo: Sydney Opera House illuminated with colorful lights during the 2017 "City of Lights"

Photo (main): Celebrating the 10th anniversary, the Opera House sails will illuminate with 'Lighting of the Sails: Metamathemagical' by Australian artist Jonathan Zawada (Vivid Sydney Twitter)

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