Each year, Sydney becomes a canvas for brilliant light installations and projections. Vivid Sydney attracts more than 2.3 million visitors and sees historic sites – including the Sydney Opera House, Customs House and Taronga Zoo Sydney – illuminated in brilliant colour. Now running for it’s 11th year, we will see a spectacular program which also includes big-ticket music performances, creative conferences, talks, and workshops.
Here’s all you need to know!
Where: Sydney, New South Wales
When: 24th May – 15th June 2019
Vivid Lights On: 6pm to 11pm nightly
How to get there
The best way to see Vivid Sydney is by foot and public transport. To see the centrepiece event: the lighting of the Opera House sails, catch the train to Sydney’s city stations, Wynyard or Martin Place, which are all a short walk to Circular Quay. For easy access to the other precincts and venues use public transport. Plan ahead with Vivid’s helpful transport information.
With hundreds of displays scattered across more than a dozen precincts throughout Sydney, narrowing down just what to see and do during Vivid isn’t easy. Below we have highlighted of the absolute must see displays.
Austral Flora Ballet, Sydney Opera House
Watch the Sydney Opera House come to life with a unique Australian botanic display. The design, by Los Angeles artist Andrew Thomas Huang, draws on contemporary dance and motion-capture technology to light up the site with many floral favourites such as waratahs and kangaroo paws.
Under the Harbour, Customs House
An eerily beautiful under-the-sea kaleidoscope of colour, Under the Harbour showcases just some of the sea creatures living off Australia’s coastlines and is projected onto the facade of the 174-year-old Customs House building.
Pixar Animation Studios, The Argyle Cut
Featuring clips from Pixar favourites like Toy Story and Finding Nemo, this display celebrates 30 years of art and animation and is illuminated on the ceiling within the Argyle Cut.
This year, the zoo’s display aims to shine a light on endangered animals with light sculptures of a Sumatran tiger and her cubs, a marine turtle, busy bees and a larger-than-life gorilla family.
Trumpet Flowers, 15 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
A set of trumpet keys, that visitors will be able to play, are hidden amongst the 40 towering trumpet flowers in Chatswood. Between visitors’ melodies, scheduled animated musicals will play throughout the evening.
Kate Miller-Heidke and Iain Grandage (May 29, 7:30pm-9:30pm, City Recital Hall)
Join singer Kate Miller-Heidke and composer Iain Grandage for a performance that effortlessly combines indie, pop and opera.
Paul Kelly in Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds (June 1, 7:30pm, City Recital Hall)
Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger will perform 13 new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds. They will be joined by celebrated piano trio Seraphim and singer-songwriter Alice Keath.
Herbie Hancock (June 10, 4:30pm – 7:30pm, Sydney Opera House Concert Hall)
Jazz legend Herbie Hancock will draw upon his innovative, influential six-decade career of jazz, fusion, funk, electro, hip-hop and beyond, for a one-night performance.
Urban Adventures Walking Tour
If you would like a guide to show you around then consider the tour offered by Urban Adventures. Perfect for visitors to the city the tour combines exploring the various light installations with commentary on the buildings themselves and some of the history of this city. The groups are kept small to a maximum of 12 people, and over the two-hour tour, the guide will also get you around the installations in the most efficient manner and make sure you don’t miss any of the hidden spots. Click here for more info.
Vivid photography Tour
This 3-hour walking tour is led by a professional photographer from the National College of Photography who will lead you to the best spots to shoot the Vivid installations. You will also get lots of tips to help you create the best photos in night conditions. The tour is designed to visit the spots at the best times, so you can navigate the crowds and get amazing photos to take home. Check out pricing and availability here.
Vivid Luna Park Package
If you want to add some extra fun to your evening or are travelling with tweens and teens, this is a great option. A 3-hour unlimited ride ticket and a $20 food voucher will let you see the light show from the Ferris wheel and then ride the full range of Luna Park’s rides. Combine this with a walk back across the bridge, and you have a fun family night. Check out the details here
If you want a memorable way to see the lights, then check out the Vivid Bridgeclimb. Last year the climb included a flashing disco floor. I can’t imagine a better way to see the harbour at night than during Vivid. Take a look at the details here
Don’t miss out on one of Sydney’s most exciting and colourful events for 2019!
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