Lights, Music and Ideas at VIVID Sydney

April 30, 2014 by

Festivals & Events, Local Recommendations, Things To Do

Vivid Sydney Festival of Lights

VIVID Sydney Festival of Lights. Photo courtesy of Snapper’s Pics via Flickr.

Sydney’s VIVID Festival brings the city to life (and into light) every year, and it promises to do the same starting May 23, 2014.

VIVID Sydney’s mesmerising light installations cover some of Sydney’s most well-known and largest buildings, monuments and even, starting in 2014, the harbour. Other highlights include local and international musicians and talks and public forums from those that lead in creative thinking. The majority of the festival takes Sydneysiders outdoors and is said to attract around 500,000 people each year.

Sydney Vivid Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge all lit up

What better way to experience the VIVID Festival than to be a part of the light show yourself? Get a panoramic view of the city on the Sydney BridgeClimb and choose their VIVID option (available only during the festival), where you will be given a specially-designed vest that transmits your own pulse as light pulses. If you’d rather not be so hands-on, relax with a drink and a mini-buffet on a Sydney Harbour Lights Cruise, which takes place on a boat specifically decorated for the festival.

Vivid Bridge Climb Sydney

Stunning view from the Sydney VIVID BridgeClimb

Events that should not be missed:

    • The Lighting of the Sails – A highlight of VIVID Sydney each year is the lighting of the Sydney Opera House sails with colorful projected artwork. Each evening, from 6 p.m. to midnight, the sails are lit, making it even more amazing an icon to photograph.
    • VIVID Light Walk – Also occurring every night of the event is the Vivid Light Walk along the Sydney Harbour foreshore. Follow the light displays and interactive light art sculptures all the way from Sydney Opera House to Walsh Bay.
    • VIVID Behind the Scenes tour of the Opera House - Go behind-the-scenes at VIVID LIVE, entering through the stage door and going backstage, into the theaters and the green room to the stars of VIVID LIVE.

-Brooke Schoenman

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