Sydney puts on its brightest arts and entertainment festival in May and June each year. Make a quick getaway to be inspired by illuminating ideas, performances and installations of Vivid Sydney.
1. The grandest of projections
Brisbane’s Propaganda Mill creatives will once again be in the spotlight with two grand projections in a program of more than 400 things to see, hear and do.
2. Explore a festival within a festival
From the Audiocraft Podcast Festival to Freshflix Film Festival, Semi-Permanent to Sydney Film Festival, Vivid Sydney has it all.
3. Music and lights
Experience more than 10 electronic and indie music acts in one day at Curve Ball, Carriageworks, Eveleigh.
4. Create your own music
Hop on the train to Chatswood and play the giant Cascading Harp (by Propaganda Mill) made of hollow metallic spheres. Be inspired by the traditional sounds of Tibetan meditation tunes or create your own joyful song of positivity and hope. While you are there, be immersed in the super-sized Trumpet Flowers. Jump on giant trumpet keys at the centre of the floral forest to make your own spectacular sound and light show.
5. Sydney Harbour in lights
Stroll over Sydney Harbour Bridge to experience City Sparkle, an unforgettable view of Sydney Harbour lit up by thousands of LED lights and projections.
6. Luna Park
Fly through the night sky on Volaré, Luna Park’s newest ride, described as a “magical wave swinger”.
7. Vivid LIVE
Check out some of the most ambitious and innovative local and international artists performing at the Sydney Opera House as part of Vivid LIVE, including American synth-pop star Maggie Rogers and legendary jazz ground-breaker Herbie Hancock.
8. Lights on
Warm up with a little exercise – take on the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb at dusk and catch Lights On from a prime vantage point from 6pm each evening.
9. Vivid inspired food
Enjoy Sydney’s diverse and delicious restaurant scene and Vivid Sydney inspired menus. Try $1 dumplings at The Argyle, Vivid Sydney inspired teppanyaki at Kobe Jones or a $19 take-out box from No.1 Bent Street then top it off with a glow in the dark cocktail at Opera Bar.
10. Australia's largest puppet
See the largest puppet constructed in Australia at Barangaroo. The glowing giant Marri Dyin, meaning ‘Great Woman’ in Sydney Aboriginal language will hunt and gather along Wulungul Walk each evening from Thursday to Sunday.