How To Get The Most Out Of Sydney’s Vivid Lights


From 27 May – 18 June, Sydney will come alive for 23-day festival of light, music and ideas. Over 1.7 million people from all walks of life are set to attend what touted as one of the world’s largest festival. How do you make the most out of the Vivid Lights in Sydney?

vividsydneyFirst you’ve got to know where to be. There will be over 80 lighting installations and at least 50 will have interactive elements. The Opera House has always been the centrepiece of the festival. This year, it will feature the works of six renowned artists from different clans on its sails- they will be lit with “Songlines”. It’s the first Indigenous work to be commissioned for the Opera House’s sails. The Museum of Contemporary Art will have a seamless blend of acrylic and oil paint splashes.

Customs House will take you on a story of Sydney’s journey through its blue-tongued lizards. The lizards will guide viewers through eye-popping landscapes, brimming with flora and fauna, and home to witches and wizards, garden gnomes and even cocky cockatoos. It’s fun for the whole family, and especially the kids.

Do you need a hug? Do you want to know how a tree feels when you hug it? As you drive around the city, head to Ciaran Frame’s installation “Treehugger” at Circular Quay. The trees light up in different colours, in response to each person’s unique hug- everyone has a personal touch. Are you a romantic? Do you want to show your family how much they mean to you? Shout “I love you!” at each other at the giant lolly shaped heart on the MCA side of the Circular Quay.

There’ll be a giant laser-light dragon in Darling Harbour. It features 25-metre-high moving fountains, 4 video projected water-screens, 10 powerful lasers, flame jets, and a “dragon’s head” constructed from a water-screen that’s mounted on a 13-metre robotic arm. There are 3 completely different shows, each one coming every half hour. Head out to the Royal Botanic Garden and marvel at its gateway- the 70m-long Cathedral of light.

There are many more sights and sounds. In case you don’t want to mingle with the huge crowds, go on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. You can also stay up late, since the lights don’t turn of till 11pm. Here’s a neat tip: Go for a drive around the city on the night of June 1. It’s the State of Origin night, so most Vivid visitors will either be at home watching the game, or at the ANZ stadium.