Vivid Sydney - Light, Music and Ideas


Sydney shines during winter each year when Vivid Sydney warms up the city with a celebration of light, music and ideas. The creative heart of Sydney finds expression through a dynamic program featuring amazing light art, cutting-edge music, and plenty of opportunities to turn your inspiration into action. And due to popular demand the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas will run for an additional five nights in 2016, making 23 spectacular nights from 27 May to 18 June.

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Opera House, Vivid Sydney

About Vivid Sydney

In 2016 you can enjoy Vivid Sydney for more nights, and in more locations, including Taronga Zoo, The Royal Botanic Garden and The Galeries on George Street. And the ever-popular Light Walk is back with more than 60 projections and installations, winding its way around Circular Quay from the Sydney Opera House to Walsh Bay, revealing a hidden world of fantasy and magic.

The Lighting of the Sydney Opera House Sails on 27 May is the moment when the spectacular Vivid Light kicks off for 23 nights. The Sails will be illuminated with the work of six Indigenous artists, celebrating the celestial Songlines of Australian Aboriginal astronomy.

Flora and fauna are also a major theme, with The Royal Botanic Garden becoming the site of 3D-mapped projections that add a touch of fantasy to its natural world for the first time. Taronga Zoo also joins the festival for the first time, with 10 exquisite large-scale lanterns depicting precious, endangered species.

Customs House, Vivid Sydney

In Darling Harbour, a sleeping dragon is brought to life by the spectacular Laser-Dragon Water-Theatre. This year’s innovative Vivid Music program features an impressive line-up of international and Australian talent. Carriageworks leads an inner-city push with a contemporary program that features international avant-garde artist Björk.

The same venue will also be transformed for the inaugural Curve Ball, a large-scale live music and art event created by Fuzzy Music and featuring musical performances across two stages. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House also unleashes a series of headline acts including indie synth-pop legends New Order and the Australian premiere of Anohni’s astonishing multimedia show.

Smaller art house music venues, located throughout the inner city, will also join in a celebration of bands and performers.

Björk - Vulnicura

Added to the mix is Vivid Ideas, a stimulating program of public talks with 150 events examining issues and topics that range from the design of our cities to practical tools for creative practitioners. A key focus in 2016 will be the ‘Game Changer’ talks series at Sydney Town Hall, which features legendary filmmaker Spike Jonze, House of Cards screenwriter Beau Willimon, Orange is the New Black writer and creator Jenji Kohan, and one of Australia’s most influential new creatives Margaret Zhang.

Vivid Ideas also features great innovative events such as the popular Robowars, where robots made by participants battle it out, the new CLIPPED Music Video Festival, the MCA Zine Fair which showcases our top zine-making talent and the ETSY Sydney Made Market which celebrates all things handmade by modern artisans and designers.

Explore the full program of events at

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    Vivid Light

    Vivid Light features many projections, light sculptures and installations – some showcasing technology, some emulating nature and the human body; others engaging the senses or the emotions. Some appeal to the rational mind, bringing to life the scientific theories of colour and light while others act as a statement of protest or give pause for thought.

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    Vivid Music

    Vivid Music explores the coolest new artistic collaborations, the hottest genres, and the breakthrough names in music and performance. Enjoy music events in the harbourside precinct that's home to the world-famous Sydney Opera House and discover experimental music and New Wave sounds around the city.

  • The Vivid Ideas Exchange

    Vivid Ideas

    Vivid Ideas turns inspiration into action through a public program of talks, debates and showcases, some of which will integrate the key themes unique to each winter festival of light, music and ideas. You’ll learn how to build a creative career or a business, hear advice from the best in the world, and discover how innovative projects become reality.

  1. Vivid Sydney Harbour Cruises with Eastcoast Sailing

    Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June 2016, City Centre

    Get the best view of the Vivid Sydney festival from a luxury cruise on Sydney Harbour with Eastcoast Sailing. Get up close to the lights of Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, the city skyscape,...

    27 May -18Jun

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  2. Vivid Sydney Vagabond Cruise

    Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June 2016, City Centre

    Hop aboard a Vagabond Cruise for a spectacular evening and witness the city being transformed into a magical canvas of light for Vivid 2016! Cocktail dinner, house beer, fine South Australian wine...

    27 May -18Jun

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  3. Vivid Sydney Harbour Tours

    Wednesday 1 June to Saturday 4 June 2016, Circular Quay

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Get out of the crowds and see the best of Vivid Sydney 2015 from an iconic Sydney Harbour ferry.Vivid Sydney promises to be more spectacular than...

    01 Jun -04Jun

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  4. Vivid Light Festival Photography Tour

    Wednesday 1 June to Wednesday 8 June 2016, City Centre

    Vivid Sydney promises to be bigger and better this year with more than 60 projections, light sculptures and installations.Why not join a click walk learn photography tour specifically designed to...

    01 Jun -08Jun

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  5. REMIX Sydney Summit - Culture, Technology & Entrepreneurship

    Thursday 2 June to Friday 3 June 2016, City Centre

    Join 2,000 global creative leaders at the Asia-Pacific REMIX Summit. 75 pioneers explore the future of culture, creative cities and the creative economy inc. Secret Cinema, Airbnb, Sonos, HuffPost,...

    02 Jun -03Jun

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  6. Sydney Film Festival

    Wednesday 8 June to Sunday 19 June 2016, City Centre

    The Sydney Film Festival's 63rd year showcases the best in cinema from across Australia and around the world, including features, documentaries, short films, retrospectives, restorations,...

    08 Jun -19Jun

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  7. Creativity in Education

    Friday 10 June 2016, The Rocks

    Bradfield Senior College presents Creativity in Education, a panel discussion as part of the Vivid Ideas program, inspiring educators to combine creativity and originality with the high school...

    10 Jun

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