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The Sydney CBD is an energetic hub of creative industries and every year Vivid Sydney celebrates collective ingenuity and imagination.
For three weeks Sydney becomes a huge canvas as iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are turned into giant works of art using interactive light sculptures and building projections. Vivid Sydney, a festival of light, music and ideas has been taking place annually since 2009.
Vivid Sydney kicks off in the evening with the ‘Lighting the Sails’ on the iconic Sydney Opera House. It’s the ‘Lights On’ moment to celebrate the next 23 consecutive nights of Vivid. The city’s harbour foreshore, including the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, The Rocks, Barangaroo, Chatswood and Taronga Zoo, will enthral visitors with an explosion of light and festivity. It’s the perfect time to enjoy a winter getaway in Sydney.
Whether you’re into your indie tunes, electro-synth, hip-hop or alt country (and every genre in between) Vivid Music has it covered. Vivid Music is a vibrant contemporary music program that showcases cutting-edge artists and performers. You’ll discover one-off collaborations, light and laser spectacles, live bands, emerging local talent and international acts at venues including Carriageworks, Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House, as well as intimate bars, clubs and hotels around the city. Something fresh will be going down with various music events to be held in venues across Sydney. Better yet, Vivid Music offer both free and ticketed events, so it doesn’t matter how much you have in your wallet, there’s an occasion for everyone to enjoy.
If you’re after a series of thought-provoking and stimulating workshops, as well as talks and events by leading industry practitioners and luminaries, Vivid Ideas is for you. Whether you’re a passionate fan, a student or aspiring creator, emerging or well-established entrepreneur, you’ll find plenty to be inspired by during Vivid Ideas.
The Sydney BridgeClimb is spectacular year-round but you’ll never see Sydney looking quite so dazzling as you will during Vivid Sydney. BridgeClimb Sydney offers some of the best views of the illuminations with their 'The Vivid Climb' exclusively for Vivid Sydney. Experience a dance floor in the sky where you can break out your best moves on an illuminated dance floor – on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Wearing a flashing Vivid Climb Vest, you’ll climb the Bridge above the bright, bold and beautiful Vivid Sydney lights before dancing under the stars on an illuminated 70’s style multi-coloured flashing dance floor. You’d be right to feel excited; this is hands down a bucket-list moment to impress all your friends and family with.
Vivid Sydney is spectacular. Even more so when you view the amazing light show across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the sails of the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay aboard a Captain Cook Vivid Lights’ cruise. For a truly unique perspective, experience the full canvas of Vivid Lights from the water.
From bridges to harbour cruises, we also recommend taking a ride on Luna Park Sydney’s Ferris Wheel, which will give you another fantastic view of some of Vivid Sydney’s amazing lights.
Making your way around the festival is pretty easy, as the Vivid Sydney precincts are within walking distance of Sydney Central Business District and North Sydney train stations, plus there is a free Vivid Sydney Harbour Shuttle ferry service.
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