Vivid Sydney Festival



A unique annual event of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney is a multi-award winning winter festival which features an outdoor “gallery” of extraordinary lighting sculptures, a cutting-edge contemporary music program, some of the world's most important creative industry forums and, last but not least, the mesmerising illumination of the Sydney Opera House. Next one will be 25 May - 16 June 2018

Every year, the festival returns to illuminate Sydney with new thrilling precincts to explore, new light art to inspire and a feast of entertainment for everyone. This event has grown into the largest of its kind in the world, attracting more than 1.7 million visitors ear year.
Part of the lighting festival also includes performances from local and international musicians and an ideas exchange forum featuring public talks and debates from leading creative thinkers.
The winter event takes place in central Sydney over the course of three weeks in May and June. The centrepiece of Vivid Sydney is the light sculptures, multimedia interactive work and building projections that transform various buildings and landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge in and around the Sydney CBD into an outdoor night time canvas of art.
Vivid began as a Smart light festival in 2009 for energy efficiency curated by Lighting Designer Mary-Anne Kyriakou and headlined by Brian Eno. The latter, in collaboration with lighting designer Bruce Ramus, projected Light Painting onto both sides of the Opera House.
Vivid is also a commercial success. According to New South Wales Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, Vivid 2012 attracted more than 500,000 visitors to the outdoor exhibition and events, generating around $10 million in income for the state. One year later, the festival attracted more than 800,000 visitors, contributing more than $20 million to the NSW economy.
In 2014, the festival involved the Sydney Opera House, Walsh bay, Circular Quay, The Rocks, North Sydney, Darling Harbour, and, joining in for the first time, Harbour Lights, The Star and Carriageworks. In 2015, Vivid Sydney attracted more than 1.7 million visitors to the city.
Vivid Sydney also includes a large range of interactive activities with the unique technology that is offered. While the large light shows are displayed on the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Birdge, there are also multiple smaller exhibits located around the harbour.
One of the interactive activities in the harbour was called Musical cubes. In this activity, a group of 6 individuals would take part in a musical experiment. There is also another activity in the harbour called the Heart of the City.
The Heart of the City resembled a large, solid beanbag chair and was located near the Sydney Opera House. Upon reaching the front of the line, participants would be asked to seat themselves in the middle of the chair. Once seated, they had to insert their fingers into a small hole in the middle of the chair. If your finger was inserted right, the chair would begin to light up red to match your heartbeat. As participants realised this, their heart rate would increase causing the chair to light up very quickly.
Another activity involved Canon Cameras. So if you attend VIVID Sydney with a Canon camera, you are able to participate in special unique activities that are meant to make use of your Canon Camera.


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