Vivid Light


From 27 May to 18 June 2016, Vivid Light has walls that talk, shadows that spring into colour and building facades that reveal a hidden world of fantasy and magic. The city transforms into a nighttime wonderland through large-scale illuminations, laser lightshows and 3D-mapped projections.

  • Taronga Zoo, Vivid Sydney
  • Lighting the Sails at the Opera House, Vivid Sydney

About Vivid Light

The world-renowned projections on the Sails of the Sydney Opera House, a major highlight of Vivid Light, soar to new heights in 2016. For the first time, the Sails will celebrate the world of Australian Indigenous art. Songlines speaks directly to the spirituality and culture of Australia’s First Peoples, depicting the interconnected sharing systems and trade routes that still weave through time and distance, earth and sky.

The world-famous Vivid Light Walk returns with more than 60 spectacular light art installations, large-scale illuminations and mesmerising 3D-mapped building projections to light up Sydney’s waterfront. A series of waterside installations adorn the foreshore of Campbells Cove, also one of the best vantage points for viewing the Lighting of the Sails.

Affinity First Fleet Park, Vivid Sydney

Follow the series of interactive and immersive light art sculptures and installations from The Rocks, past the spectacular display upon the Museum of Contemporary Art, through to Customs House, and onto other illuminated areas of the city, where the brilliant light-plays will capture your imagination.

And this year he festival has extended to three new city precincts, including Taronga Zoo, The Royal Botanic Garden and The Galeries on George Street.

Botanic Garden Sydney will explode with many types of illumination during Vivid. Walk through the historic Queen Elizabeth II Gates from the Opera House Forecourt, which will be brought to life with 3D-mapped projections. Follow the illuminated sea-wall to a wonderland of trees and bushes that glow and shimmer. A central feature of Garden of Light is the Cathedral of Light, an immense arched tunnel that’s 60m long and 8m high.

Customs House, Vivid Sydney

And in 2016 an illuminated trail of amazing and endangered species will light up Vivid Sydney’s wildest precinct as part of Taronga Zoo’s Centenary celebrations. Captivating creatures ranging from the magnificent Asian Elephant to the vividly coloured Corroboree Frog will sparkle at night to inspire visitors to support Taronga’s efforts to create a shared future for wildlife and people.

As in previous years, Darling Harbour will provide thrilling spectacles of Vivid 2016. And enjoying the brilliant spectacle from the comfort of a harbour ferry or cruise vessel is also bound to be as spellbinding as ever. The many cruise vessels and ferries that travel around the harbour will be decorated with brilliant lights that change colour as they enter the different Vivid precincts.

Due to popular demand Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, will run for an additional five nights in 2016, from 27 May to 18 June.

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