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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

Vivid Sydney 2012

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. This year be part of Vivid’s dazzling nightly show as you travel around Sydney Harbour on board one of its newest and most colourful attractions during Harbour Lights. 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.

Shop under the stars at an eclectic range of specialty stalls at The Rocks Vivid Night Markets. Grab something to fill your tummy, take home something delicious and shop for head-turning original fashion, jewellery, arts, crafts and homewares.

Major Vivid Sydney precincts are the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, The Rocks and Walsh Bay where the world's best lighting technology is used to transform skyscrapers and heritage sites at night into an amazing colourful canvas.

This year Darling Harbour is a new exciting precinct during Vivid Sydney. It plays host to the Vivid Aquatique, a cutting-edge fountain, light, water and projection show syncronised to music.

Vivid Ideas 2014 guide

Vivid Ideas 2014 guide

The twenty page guide to Vivid Ideas 2014. Vivid Ideas is Sydney’s annual celebration of innovation, creativity and community, boasting a world renowned program of conferences, workshops, panels, talks, showcases, exhibitions, creative product launches, award presentations and networking functions. Download PDF here.

Vivid Light Walk map

Getting to VIVID Sydney

With plenty of extra services running, public transport is the best way to get to Vivid Sydney events and home again afterwards. For information go to or call 131 500. You can also download a train or bus app from the App StoreSM or Google Play.


Customs House, Vivid Sydney 2011

Connect with VIVID Sydney

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

Love Every Second, Magazine APP

Sydney in Winter 2014

Digital Magazine available for iPad. Sydney and Regional NSW are some of the most beautiful destinations on the planet in winter with plenty to celebrate and plenty of ways to have fun day and night.

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Vivid Snap 2014

Vivid Snap 2014

VividSnap lets you add incredible light art and seamlessly map it into your photos. It’s like adding your own unique signature in to any photo you take making it truly yours.

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Vivid Sydney 2014

Vivid Sydney 2014

Plan the ultimate Vivid Sydney experience on the go by using suggested itineraries. See your current location on interactive maps and click on points of interest to view detailed information about each installation.

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Official Sydney Guide

Sydney on Smartphone

Smartphone application for Apple and Android featuring exciting things to do, where to stay and great events in Sydney all in real-time. Great features including itinerary builder, interactive maps, weather, must-do lists and contact details.

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