After a year on hiatus, the return of the world’s largest festival of lights, music and ideas is ready to make up for lost time, with a program on a scale never before attempted by Vivid. More than 200 events, from September 17-October 9, will be transforming the city into a playground of the unexpected, lighting up five main locations across Sydney: Circular Quay, the Rocks, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour and Luna Park.
Through its program of illuminations, installations, exhibitions, lectures and live gigs, Vivid 2021 will celebrate the wonder, joy and beautiful diversity of the city, with a line-up shinging the light on Sydney’s rich Aboriginal heritage, the LGBTQIA community, the empowerment of women and the multiculturalism that underpins contemporary urban life. It will also explore the resilience and tenacity that has emerged from the collective experience of 2020, acknowledging our shared trauma but also embracing the hope of a return to normality.
Powerful storytelling meets cutting-edge technology in 2021’s audacious 'Lights' program. A staggering 50 immersive and kinetic light installations and projection artworks will be transforming the city into a vast, dynamic canvas.
The star of the 'Lights' program is, unsurprisingly, the installation shone onto the most instantly recognisable projector screen in the world, the Sydney Opera House. In 2021, those distinctive sails will be drenched in colour as the vibrant 2013 painting Yarrkalpa (Hunting Ground), by the Martu Art