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. Don't miss this world-famous festival of light, music and ideas from May to June.

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Opera House, Vivid Sydney

About Vivid Sydney

After smashing records in 2016 with 2.3 million visitors, Vivid Sydney 2017 promises to follow up its predecessor in every way.

The Lighting of the Sydney Opera House Sails in the evening is the moment when the spectacular Vivid Light kicks off. In 2016 the Sails were illuminated with the work of six Indigenous artists, celebrating the celestial Songlines of Australian Aboriginal astronomy.

Vivid Sydney's precincts also included Taronga Zoo, The Royal Botanic Garden and The Galeries on George Street, and the ever-popular Light Walk was 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.

Flora and fauna were 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 joining the festival with 10 exquisite large-scale lanterns depicting precious, endangered species.

In Darling Harbour, a sleeping dragon was brought to life by the spectacular Laser-Dragon Water-Theatre.

Customs House, Vivid Sydney

Vivid Music's program featured an impressive line-up of international and Australian talent, with Carriageworks leading an inner-city push with a contemporary program that featured international avant-garde artist Björk.

The same venue was also 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 unleashed 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, also joined in a celebration of bands and performers.

Björk - Vulnicura

Added to the mix was Vivid Ideas. This stimulating program of public talks, with 150 events, examined issues and topics that ranged from the design of our cities to practical tools for creative practitioners.

A key focus in 2016 was the ‘Game Changer’ talks series at Sydney Town Hall, which featured 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 featured great innovative events such as the popular Robowars, where robots made by participants battled it out, the new CLIPPED Music Video Festival, the MCA Zine Fair which showcased our top zine-making talent and the ETSY Sydney Made Market which celebrated all things handmade by modern artisans and designers.

Stay tuned for the full program of 2017 events at

  • Vivid Chatswood

    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.

  • Modulations@Carriageworks

    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.


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