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Vivid Sydney - Light, Music and Ideas


Sydney was the beautiful backdrop to the much-loved winter festival of lights, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney, with an astonishing line-up of world-class performances.

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Vivid Sydney 2012

Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney is back again from 23 May to 9 June and this year it is bigger, better and brighter than ever before. The 18-day annual event of light, music and ideas has become Sydney’s major festival in winter attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to signature events such as the Lighting the Sails of the Sydney Opera House and the beautiful, meandering journey around the harbour for the much-loved Light Walk. Last year the Light Walk included exciting new precincts such as Darling Harbour and the iconic  Sydney Harbour Bridge which could be lit up from the boardwalk near Luna Park in North Sydney. Other major Vivid Sydney precincts included the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, The Rocks and Walsh Bay where the world’s best lighting technology was used to transform skyscrapers and heritage sites at night into an amazing colourful canvas. Once again, Vivid LIVE will return to the Sydney Opera House with an extraordinary series of music performances while Vivid Ideas brings creative minds together in Sydney to connect with global leaders in the creative industries from filmmaking to photography, design, technology and gaming.

The Spinifex Group artist impression

Fifty spectacular light installations and sculptures, 3D projections onto iconic buildings, old and new, the Lighting of the Sails of the Sydney Opera House. Vivid Sydney’s dazzling Light Walk takes you on another magical journey through an ever-changing world of colour and music light every night from 6pm to midnight.


Sunnyboys in Concert


Topline performances at Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House included Kraftwerk in concert, Sunnyboys in Concert, Empire of the Sun, Bobby Womack, and more. Vivid Music extended to another fabulous harbourside venue this year, the Overseas Passenger Terminal, with a great line-up of musicians and DJs, 3D projections and an exclusive in-house bar. 


Vivid Ideas

As the creative hub of the Asia Pacific, Sydney was the perfect host city for inspiring events during Vivid Ideas. The sixth floor of the MCA once again hosted the Vivid Ideas Exchange featuring more than 100 inspiring events covering electronic gaming, fashion, film, design, technology and photography.


 Vivid Sydney
Getting to Vivid Sydney

Use public transport to get to the major Vivid Sydney precincts by train, bus and ferry. Visit, download the Transport Info app or call 131 500. For the latest traffic information, visit, call 132 701 or download Live Traffic NSW for iPhone® from the App StoreSM. Wilson car parks are in The Rocks, the City Centre, Darling Harbour, North Sydney and Wynyard.


Customs House, Vivid Sydney 2011
Vivid Sydney Lights On Podcast

Let 702 ABC Sydney and Dominic Knight guide you through Lights On with downloadable podcasts, maps and photos. Plug in at


Vivid Sydney 2012 Street Performers
Connect with Vivid Sydney

Connect to Vivid Sydney on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Instagram. Tweeting about Vivid Sydney or using Instagram? Use #vividsydney, #vividlightson, #vividideas, #vividlive.