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Vivid Sydney - the countdown to light up the city is on

07 May 2018

Image:  Aqueous - By artist Jen Lewin, photo by Morgan Sasser.


In just a few weeks the world's largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney 2018, will take over the city in its 10th anniversary year.

Now Australia's biggest event, the 23-day festival will transform the city into a colourful canvas of dazzling light, masterful music and creative and confronting ideas, from Friday 25 May to Saturday 16 June.

Vivid Sydney 2018 will feature an expanded footprint, spectacular tributes to Australian and NSW artists and global creative innovators and imposing large-scale light installations and building façade projections. Exciting new additions to Vivid Light include Luna Park as a new precinct, and the return of a crowd-favourite, Customs House.                  

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall said, "Vivid Sydney is firmly established as a must-see global event, attracting 2.33 million attendees in 2017 and adding $143 million into our State's economy.

"Now is the perfect time for visitors to start planning their trip, and I encourage everyone to take some time to explore several precincts over different nights to enjoy all that's on offer across the festival's program."

Each night, incredible light installations and awe-inspiring projections will transform Sydney's architecture and open spaces at precincts including Barangaroo, Circular Quay & The Rocks, Chatswood, Darling Harbour, Kings Cross, Luna Park, Taronga Zoo, and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

This year's Vivid Light emphasises imposing, large scale installations; from the eagerly anticipated Lighting of The Sails on the Sydney Opera House and Bangarra Dance Company's takeover of the southern pylon of Sydney Harbour Bridge for Eora - Dark Emu, to massive light art sculpture Aqueous, last seen at Burning Man, that will mesmerise festival goers in the natural environment of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For the first time, the festival extends to new precinct Luna Park Sydney, with a large-scale projection on the facade of Coney Island. The park's iconic Ferris Wheel will be lit for the festival following an LED refit, which massively increases the number of lights adorning the wheel.

As Vivid Sydney turns 10, author May Gibbs' beloved characters Snugglepot and Cuddlepie will celebrate their 100-year anniversary with a charming journey through the Australian bush on the facade of Customs House. From the bush to the ocean, the magic of water fountains, lights and lasers will combine to take Darling Harbour visitors into a dreamlike dive under the sea, while the rooftop of the Australian National Maritime Museum will be projected with BBC Earth and Sir David Attenborough's Blue Planet II, exploring the fascinating world beneath the waves.

Tickets on sale now.  Vivid Sydney goes for 23 days and nights - but some performances are one night only - and tickets sell quickly. You can check out the full Vivid Sydney 2018 program and purchase tickets for Vivid Music and Vivid Ideas events and Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo at

Whet your ‘App'etite with the Vivid Sydney App Download the festival app to browse and discover everything Vivid Sydney has to offer in 2018. Use the app now to plan ahead - schedule and save your favourite light, music and ideas events, in one place across all your devices. When the festival begins, use the Map feature to get alerts on nearby events and installations, or take Vivid Audio Tours around Vivid Sydney precincts, light walks and events. The Vivid Sydney app is available for download from the App Store or Google Play.





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