Vivid Light


From May to June, Vivid Light has walls that talk, shadows that spring into colour and building facades that reveal a hidden world of magic. Enjoy the Vivid Light Walk with friends and family, use the Vivid Sydney app to help you plan your journey and take the time to explore the more than 65 lighting installations that transform the city. In 2017 this magical walk can be easily accessed from many different places across the city.

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About Vivid Light

The world-renowned projections on the Sails of the Sydney Opera House is a major highlight of Vivid Light. In 2017 the sails host Audio Creatures. These mesmerising light displays are inspired by the wonder of animals, plant life and the vast marine underworld.

The Rocks is the best place to see major projections and interactive installations, including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) and Cadman’s Cottage. Dance on piano keys, make the Sydney Harbour Bridge sparkle or change the colour of the cityscape. You can also just sit back and watch the facade of the MCA morph into fine art.

Vivid Sydney, Opera House, Sydney

Vivid Light also brings the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden to life. Projection, lighting and sound technology use plants, rock walls, tree canopies and magnificent trunks of 100-year-old trees as organic canvases.

Taronga Zoo continues the story of conservation with Lights for the Wild, featuring giant animal light. In 2017 a cast of new characters and surprises creates a stunning display, including a swarm of tiny buzzing bees and a giant interactive Port Jackson shark.

Darling Harbour provides thrilling spectacle with Magicians of the Mist, an extraordinary work where huge projections shine on walls of water 60 metres wide and 40 metres high. Visitors to Barangaroo can follow an illuminated trail of installations through intimate laneways and waterfront vistas. Become part of the artwork with A Day in the Light, an outdoor theatre of light and sound.

Vivid Sydney in Darling Harbour

In 2017 Kings Cross and Darlinghurst venues come alive as centres of performance art, while in the Chatswood CBD the shopping malls, streets and laneways are reinvented as a retro-futuristic city inspired by the ‘Steampunk’ aesthetic of 19th century machinery.

You can also enjoy the spellbinding spectacle from the comfort of a harbour ferry or cruise vessel. Check out the full 2017 program of events at