Lights On

Vivid Sydney, the Harbour City's
festival of light, music and
ideas is back for 2019

Vivid Sydney

Photo courtesy of Destination NSW

Photo courtesy of Destination NSW

Friday 24 May – Saturday 15 June 2019

Australia’s most loved and awarded light festival, Vivid Sydney, has officially returned to the harbour city, and if the first images to come out of the event are anything to go by, 2019’s festival is going to be bigger and better than ever.

Now in its 11th year, Vivid Sydney is the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere and will light up Sydney and its surrounds at 6pm each night for 23 days from Friday 24 May until Saturday 15 June 2019.

“It doesn’t matter your age or background, whether it’s your first time to Sydney or you’re a local - Vivid Sydney has universal appeal,” says Destination NSW Chief Executive and Executive Producer – Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase. “The Vivid Sydney program offers diverse and accessible installations, events and experiences that everyone can enjoy.” 

According to Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres, last year’s event saw 2.25 million attendees contributing $173 million to the NSW economy in tourism-related spending across the 23 days. “Vivid Sydney is a truly significant event for NSW, delivering dividends to the entire NSW economy,” Ayres says.

The epicentre of all the action is undoubtedly Circular Quay and a must visit for guests of Vivid Sydney.

“Circular Quay is the logistical and cultural home of the Harbour City and during Vivid Sydney it comes to life in the most spectacular way. From large scale projections to lights on Harbour-bound boats, and where detailed sculptures meet incredible innovation, visit Circular Quay for an intriguing and hallmark Vivid Sydney experience.”
Vivid Sydney creative director Ignatius Jones

First Fleet Park will be completely transformed into a technology-geared, innovative and interactive Electric Playground courtesy of Samsung Electronics Australia – from picture-perfect moments and retro fun with a modern twist, to an artist in residence inside the Samsung Galaxy Studio, this hands-on hub will be a huge hit with children, adults, families and all.

Two of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks – the Museum of Contemporary Art and Customs House – will also be transformed by emotive projections, while the historic The Rocks will be a hotspot for the Vivid Light Walk; a journey that stretches three kilometres, unveiling mesmerising and thought-provoking sculptures, projections and installations along the way.

Throughout the historic Rocks, iconic buildings will be transformed through colourful vision and patterns, alleyways will be lit by glowing clouds and ballerinas will dance through the night sky.

Vivid Sydney | Photo courtesy of Destination NSW

Vivid Sydney | Photo courtesy of Destination NSW

Vivid Sydney | Photo courtesy of Destination NSW

Luna Park during Vivid Sydney | Photo courtesy of Destination NSW

Luna Park during Vivid Sydney | Photo courtesy of Destination NSW

Luna Park during Vivid Sydney | Photo courtesy of Destination NSW

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Vivid Sydney Barangaroo Winter Camp | Photo courtesy of Destination NSW

Vivid Sydney Barangaroo Winter Camp | Photo courtesy of Destination NSW

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Vivid Sydney | Photo courtesy of Destination NSW

Vivid Sydney | Photo courtesy of Destination NSW

This year’s Vivid Sydney highlights

Light

Pixar: 30 Years of Art & Animation

Taking audiences on a visual journey through Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process, from early film development to the finished product. 

Austral Flora Ballet

LA based Chinese-American visual artist Andrew Thomas Huang will create Austral Flora Ballet - an hypnotic fusion of contemporary dance and motion-capture technology - for the annual projection onto the Sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Lights for the Wild

Walk through Taronga Zoo’s heritage-listed main entrance and meet the Sumatran Tiger and her cubs alongside awe-inspiring multimedia light sculptures.

Music

Paul Kelly in Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds

For one night only, Paul Kelly and James Ledger will be joined by celebrated piano trio Seraphim and singer-songwriter Alice Keath to showcase a unique combination of electronics, acoustic instruments and vocals at City Recital Hall on 1 June.

Curve Ball

Curve Ball will return for its fourth year on 8 June, transforming Carriageworks into an immersive sonic and visual extravaganza.

Purple Sneakers Thirteenth Birthday - Purple Sneakers will take over The Lansdowne for their thirteenth birthday celebrations together with creative music agency UNDR Ctrl and local institution FBi Radio.

Ideas

New Horizons: The Future of Sex 

Creator of the wildly popular podcast The Future of Sex, Bryony Cole reveals her findings about the $30 billion sextech industry, how it is evolving, and what innovations are coming next.

Next Gen Female Innovators

Future Women and Sylvia Jeffreys will share inspirational stories behind some of Australia’s most distinguished female entrepreneurs, as well as some solid gold advice from lessons they’ve learnt along the way.

Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth

Pulitzer prize winner author Sebastian Smee, psychologist Jocelyn Brewer and artist and author Holly Throsby look at the value of an ‘inner life’ and ask what price we’ll pay for our constant digital distraction.

Taronga Zoo | Photo courtesy of Destination NSW

Taronga Zoo | Photo courtesy of Destination NSW

Taronga Zoo | Photo courtesy of Destination NSW

For more information visit www.vividsydney.com/