Vivid Sydney - Light, Music and Ideas


The largest festival of its kind in the world, Vivid Sydney shines from 26 May to 17 June 2017. Explore a dynamic program of amazing light installations, cutting-edge music and thought-provoking workshops that will turn your inspiration into action. Don't miss this world-famous festival of light, music and ideas from May to June.

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About Vivid Sydney

Sydney’s multi award-winning festival of light, music and ideas presents another innovative and awe-inspiring creative program over 23 days and nights in 2017. Get ready to interact with the latest light technology, be mesmerised by intricate light art projections onto the city’s most iconic structures and be inspired by the festival’s creative energy.

Vivid Light transforms the city from 6pm nightly into a creative canvas for people of all ages to enjoy. Go cruising on Sydney Harbour, choose a light walk that winds through The Rocks or from Martin Place to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Visit Darling Harbour and Barangaroo for projection and fountain shows — or visit Taronga Zoo and Chatswood for immersive light activations that will amaze you.

Vivid Sydney in Taronga Zoo

Vivid Music is a vibrant contemporary music program that showcases cutting-edge artists and performers. Expect 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.

The 2017 program for Vivid Ideas offers thought-provoking and stimulating workshops as well as talks and events by leading industry practitioners and luminaries. 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.

Electric Garden installation, in The Royal Botanic Garden, Vivid Sydney

Sydney and the surrounding regions come alive during Vivid Sydney with so much to see and do. Plan your trip to enjoy a diverse range of experiences including sporting events, cultural attractions and exhibitions, new shows and musical productions. It’s the perfect time to extend your stay in Sydney or travel further afield into the beautiful regions of NSW.

Check out the full program of 2017 events at


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  1. Vivid Sydney Captain Cook Cruise

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, City Centre

    The best views of Vivid Sydney are from the water. See Sydney's most spectacular outdoor lighting, music and ideas festival, the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. A staggering 2.31 million people...

    26 May -17Jun
  2. Vivid Sydney - Light, Music and Ideas

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, Sydney Harbour

    Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring an outdoor 'gallery' of extraordinary lighting sculptures, a cutting-edge contemporary music program, some of the world's most important...

    26 May -17Jun
  3. Best Vivid Views: Cruise Bar Sydney

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, The Rocks

    Perched in a prime spot on Sydney harbour, Cruise Bar is Sydney's iconic waterside oasis providing front row seats to Vivid Festival of light.Spread over three chic levels; a garden-style courtyard on the...

    26 May -17Jun
  4. Vivid LIVE

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, City Centre

    Running from 26 May to 17 June 2017, Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House is a celebration of ambitious popular music within the city’s annual Vivid Sydney festival of light, music and ideas. Vivid LIVE is the highlight...

    26 May -17Jun
  5. Vivid Sydney Cruises

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, City Centre

    As Vivid Sydney takes over the city, cruise with Australian Cruise Group and get first-hand views of the attractions. Be a part of this visual extravaganza on board a Vivid Sydney cruise as the Opera house comes to...

    26 May -17Jun
  6. Soft Future Piano Bar, Presented by Goodgod

    Friday 26 May to Sunday 4 June 2017, City Centre

    Sink into the Soft Future Piano Bar pop-up by the creative masterminds behind Goodgod. Throughout Vivid LIVE, the panoramic views of the Concert Hall Northern Foyers will be enhanced by this zero-waste, natural wine...

    26 May -04Jun
  7. Fort Denison: Dinner De-LIGHTS

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, Sydney Harbour

    Sydney's only harbour island restaurant Fort Denison will host a unique weekend dining experience this May and June during the Vivid Sydney festival, offering rare evening dining options.Between May 26th and...

    26 May -17Jun

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