Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney bares the soul of our city through creativity, curiosity and change. For 23 days, the festival will connect our city to light artists, music makers, brilliant thinkers and all creatives. Seek change. Spark a new idea. Shine with Vivid Sydney. 

Celebrating its 12th year in 2022, Vivid Sydney is an annual creative festival that showcases the soul of our city, in collaboration with the most brilliant and boundary-pushing artists, thinkers and musicians of our time.

From 27 May-18 June 2022, Vivid Sydney fuses mesmerising art displays and 3D light projections with exhilarating live music performances, thought-provoking debates and deep-dive discussions from some of the world’s brightest minds.

What’s on this year

This year, the festival boasts the longest continuous Light Walk in the history of the event, stretching 8km from the Sydney Opera House to Central Station. Once again, the Sydney Opera House will be aglow for the Lighting of the Sails, and at a new Light Walk addition, Central Station, the George Street façade will boast an interactive projection.

Vivid Sydney 2022 will warm the creative soul of the Sydney CBD, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Walsh Bay, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Darling Square, Darling Quarter, The Goods Line, Central Station, Luna Park and Taronga Zoo. As well as iconic city structures such as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Customs House, a new light canvas for 2022, the ASN Clocktower in The Rocks and Central Station.

Explore the city on foot or enjoy the brilliant spectacle from the comfort of a harbour ferry or cruise vessel. 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 Sydney locations.

Of course, Vivid Sydney features much more than incredible light displays. With more than 85 intriguing talks and workshops on offer, Vivid Ideas brings together the world’s brightest minds and fearless global storytellers, exploring the forces that shape not only Sydney’s unique society, but all great cities around the world. Headlining the Ideas Program are Global Storytellers such as Oscar and Emmy award-winning theatre and film director, screenwriter and playwright Aaron Sorkin, American broadcast journalist, author and television personality Gretchen Carlson, The Project’s Lisa Wilkinson, and multi-award-winning artist and actor Troye Sivan.

Taking a deep dive into Sydney's diverse and dynamic music communities, Vivid Music showcases a line-up of Sydney’s most exciting talent - as well as international artists - with more than 50 music events at surprising venues across Sydney to offer one-of-a-kind experiences. In fact, Central Station’s Grand Central Concourse, Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park, Phoenix Central Park, The Calyx – Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, The Bearded Tit, Cell Block Theatre, National Art School and Luna Park will all pull back the curtains to host life-affirming musical performances.

Vivid Sydney FAQs

What is Vivid Sydney?

What is Vivid Sydney?

Vivid Sydney is an annual festival that sparks the soul of our city with creative brilliance for 23 days and nights. Celebrating its 12th year in 2022, Vivid Sydney fuses art, innovation and technology in collaboration with some of the most boundary-pushing artists, thinkers and musicians of our time. Vivid Sydney tells a story of the harbour city beyond the icons, about urban legends, secret spaces and visions for the future. This year, the festival boasts the longest continuous Light Walk in the history of the event, from Sydney Opera House to Central Station, and once again Sydney Opera House will be aglow for Lighting of the Sails.

Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency.

Vivid Sydney has been recognised by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) and received 15 accolades at the 2019 IFEA Pinnacle Awards including gold in the Grand Pinnacle category. Vivid Sydney was also voted Australia’s Best Tourism Event in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event in 2017 and 2019 in the Australian Event Awards.

What is Vivid Light?

What is Vivid Light?

Vivid Sydney warms the soul of the city with lustrous light art that paints the urban landscape in technicolour. Discover secret tunnels laced with light. Stroll the longest continuous Light Walk ever, from Sydney Opera House to Central Station. Find yourself in the city’s lesser-known spaces, as we shine the spotlight on reclaimed passages and storied places, such as The Goods Line, Walsh Bay, Central Station and more. Find out more.

What is Vivid Music?

What is Vivid Music?

All of Sydney’s a stage for Vivid Sydney’s 2022 live music line-up. Feel the pulse of a new beat and move together as one, while evocative performers transform the city with live shows in unexpected spaces. Listen to tunes in a secret bar. Watch a band in a venue where no one has played before. Discover parts of Sydney that make your soul sing. Find out more.

What is Vivid Ideas?

What is Vivid Ideas?

Prepare to change your mind. Vivid Sydney’s 2022 Ideas program gathers some of the brightest minds and fearless storytellers to connect us to the future. Join us for a line-up of thought-provoking debates and deep-dive discussions that jump to the heart of the matter, seek creative solutions and inspire new ways of thinking. Find out more.

When is Vivid Sydney?

When is Vivid Sydney?

Vivid Sydney will return in 2022 for 23 nights from 27 May – 18 June.

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Will Vivid Sydney 2022 be COVID-safe?

Will Vivid Sydney 2022 be COVID-safe?

Destination NSW is working with key stakeholders, including NSW Health, to deliver a COVID-safe event – more details will be available closer to the event in line with the Public Health Orders and NSW Health advice at the time.

Where is the best place to stay during Vivid Sydney?

Where is the best place to stay during Vivid Sydney?

Sydney has a wonderful range of accommodation available from budget through to five-star. To be close to the action in the city we would recommend you stay in The Rocks, Circular Quay, Sydney CBD, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont or North Sydney. Our website contains a wealth of information for you to choose your accommodation, and to find out what else is on offer in Sydney for you to enjoy during your visit.

If you’re thinking about extending your stay, why not also plan a visit to regional NSW? For inspiration, go to VisitNSW.com.