VIVID SYDNEY

Vivid Sydney 2019 unfolds over 23 nights from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June. Returning for its 11th year, it brings together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to share their creativity with you. See the city transformed. Discover new artforms. Ride soundwaves. Spark new ideas and ignite conversations.

This year, Los Angeles-based artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang has created a new work for Sydney Opera House. Huang collaborated with choreographer Toogie Barcelo, dancer Jenna Moroni and animation design team Bemo to create Austral Flora Ballet, a hypnotic tribute to Australia’s native plantlife.

The 3km Light Walk stretches from The Rocks around Circular Quay to the Royal Botanic Garden. See Claudia Nicholson’s Let Me Down illuminate the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, interactive slime-fest Goo! on Cadmans Cottage and Spinifex Group’s Under the Harbour splashed across Customs House.

Patrons at Opera Bar enjoying the sunset and light projections during Vivid Sydney 2018

Pixar Animation Studios partners with Vivid Sydney to transform the Argyle Cut in The Rocks with a creative architectural light projection. 32 Hundred Lighting’s dancing beams of light and ‘sparkle points’ turn Sydney Harbour Bridge and the skyline into a jewel to outshine any tiara with City Sparkle.

Experience Vivid Light in eight precincts across the city, including Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Luna Park, Chatswood and Taronga Zoo. It’s Light’s On! every night from 6pm to 11pm (Taronga Zoo lights up from 5pm, Chatswood from 5:30pm). Public transport is the best way to get around – plan your journey here.

Children walking through the port jackson shark light installation at Taronga Zoo, Vivid Sydney 2018

Vivid Music will showcase a celebration of breakthrough performers and the best in current and future music leaders. 2019 will see more than 160 music events held in venues across Sydney, including headline act The Cure performing exclusively at the Sydney Opera House. At Carriageworks, catch shows from RÜFÜS DU SOL and FKA twigs, as well as ultimate dance smash Curve Ball.

Vivid Ideas brings you talks, hands-on workshops and industry-shaping forums, delving into the meaning of love, loneliness and belonging in our fast-paced, ever-connected lives. Revered psychotherapist and creator of podcast Where Should We Begin? Esther Perel investigates modern love in the digital age. Hollywood trailblazer Spike Lee opens up about his personal politics and making movies that matter.