Vivid Sydney is back from May 27 to June 18, including the free light artworks, projections and interactive installations every night from 6pm-midnight. This, along with the fact that we're already fed up with the cold here in Melbourne, has got us checking out last-minute flights up north. There are more than 60 light installations around Sydney – we've picked our top ten favourites to explore.
To celebrate its 200th birthday, Sydney gave the Botanic Gardens a makeover. Try to keep your jaw off the ground as you walk through the canopy of shimmering trees and illuminated landscape. While you’re there, weave in and out of the Rainbow Dancers and watch the colours change around you.
The Zoo celebrates its 100th birthday with massive animal lanterns of echidnas, platypuses and elephants. It’s a brand-new location for Vivid Light, which will cost you between $12-$18 to visit, but we think the interactive works will be well worth it.
In true Vivid fashion the white sails of the Opera House will serve as the canvas for light artworks – and for the first time it will feature all Indigenous artists. Songlines celebrates and illustrates the connections between the earth, sky, time and distance.
This installation uses the city’s skyline as a brilliant backdrop – and the best bit is that you get to control the colours of the display. Using 3D, touch-sensitive interactive models of the skyscrapers, you can select the buildings you want to change to apply a new colour or visual effect.
The MCA’s facade will be unrecognisable as Sydney artist Huseyin Sami and French collective Danny Rose draw attention to the artistic process with a constantly changing display of colour, texture and music.
The water projections will dazzle viewers with fountains, flame jets and lasers that combine to create forms of creatures like dragons and clowns in a thrilling display. While you’re there, check out roof of the Maritime Museum where The Nautilus and the Sea projects a fantasy world inhabited by giant critters.