Vivid Sydney Lights Up Sydney Australia Through June 8

The city of Sydney, Australia, comes alive in the evening with the start of Vivid Sydney this weekend.

Vivid Sydney - Sydney Opera House

The event, which runs from May 22 to June 8 this year, is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. During these 18 nights, Sydney’s iconic landmarks, its harbor and urban spaces were transformed by 3D projections and over 60 light installations including the sails of the World Heritage Sydney Opera House.

Vivid Light stretches across The Rocks, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Walsh Bay, Martin Place in the Central Business District, The Star & Pyrmont as well as new areas for Vivid in 2015 — Central Park in Chippendale, awarded the world’s best tall building, and Chatswood to the city’s north.

Lighting artists from around the world were invited to submit their creative ideas, with 140 chosen from 16 countries to create their unique works during Vivid Sydney.

The Vivid Music program of cutting edge music including Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House showcases unique performances and collaborations, presenting over 90 performances in venues across the city including Grace Jones, Sufjan Stevens, Daniel Johns and legendary Australian band The Hoodoo Gurus.

Vivid Ideas brings audiences some of the most intelligent and creative minds, who will be together for talks, seminars, conferences, workshops and forums on a grand scale. With 150 sessions and over 400 speakers, the Vivid Ideas program boasts highlights including Multi-Emmy winning writer Matthew Weiner — series creator and exec producer of Mad Men and former executive producer of The Sopranos, and Tyler Brule, founder of Wallpaper and Monocle magazines and one of the most influential global figures in publishing and branding. Weiner and Brule will share their insights following their worldwide success in the creative industry.

“For 18 days and nights visitors will experience Sydney like never before as the city bursts with creativity and sheer, brilliant light. It’s truly an unmissable event, and one which we are very proud of,” said NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres.

It’s a lovely way to showcase the city! Will definitely have to put it on my calendar for a future trip.

For the full Vivid Sydney program, visit

[Images courtesy of Destination NSW]

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Comments: 3

  1. Jeff Wetherington June 4, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Great article!

    Yeah, I’d love to visit down under some day before departing this world.
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  2. christina thomas June 2, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    I have always wanted to GO to Australia and this is definitely going on my “Someday List”. Those photos are spectacular! Gotta #MakeSomedayHappen

  3. Jennifer Graddy May 30, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Australia is on my bucket list — hope to make it there one day.