Vivid Sydney

Unfortunately, Vivid Sydney 2021 has been cancelled. In light of the current COVID-19 situation, the NSW Government has made the difficult decision to cancel the event in the interest of community health and safety. While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to bring you Sydney’s most spectacular event this year, preparations are already underway for Vivid 2022. We can’t wait to see you all then!

If you have purchased tickets, accommodation or flights, please contact the relevant agency directly to discuss your options.

Vivid Sydney is an annual creative festival bursting with creativity, innovation and technology, inviting visitors to come out to play. The world-renowned festival illuminates the city of Sydney with mesmerising art displays and 3D light projections, with an eclectic line-up of musical performers, thought-provoking talks and workshops from some of the world’s greatest minds.

To stay up to date, sign up to MyVivid where you can set your preferences to discover events you’ll love, add events to a personalised planner, share your ideal program with friends, create your own light walk and get reminders when your top events are about to sell out.

Views of Harbour Lights installations on marine vessels moving across Sydney Harbour during Vivid Sydney 2019

The Rocks, Circular Quay, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour and Luna Park will become a magical outdoor night-time gallery as part of Vivid Light. Some of the city’s most iconic buildings, like the Sydney Opera House, Customs House, Cadmans Cottage and the Museum of Contemporary Art will be illuminated with works by leading light artists.

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 precincts.

Woman enjoying the Let It Snow light installation in Hickson Road Reserve, The Rocks during Vivid Sydney 2019

Vivid Music delivers a musical soundscape celebrating Sydney’s cultural nightlife. Stages in secret spaces and famous places across the city host performances from hip hop to electronica, jazz to funk, punk to indie rock, and everything in between.

Vivid Ideas is a forum to unearth new ideas, collaborate and radically change your perspective, with thought-provoking talks, workshops and deep-dive discussions with some of the world’s most curious minds, innovators and creatives.

Vivid Sydney FAQs

What is the purpose of Vivid Sydney?

Vivid transforms the city into a night-time wonderland, showcasing innovative lights, music and ideas. Vivid is broken up into 3 sections:

  1. Vivid Light with large-scale illuminations, laser light shows, 3D-mapped projections and interactive light art sculptures from 6pm each night.
  2. Vivid Music features an impressive line-up of international and Australian talent.
  3. Vivid Ideas is a stimulating program of public talks, workshops and forums.

How much does Vivid Sydney cost?

Vivid Sydney is mainly a free event, with nightly light displays across the city that are free to watch. There are a few, paid ticketed events such as live music shows and some of the Vivid Ideas presentations.