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Sydney Vivid 2024
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The best free things at Vivid Sydney 2024

All the best free experiences lighting up Sydney this sparkly season

Winnie Stubbs
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The lights are on! With its ever-growing program that literally lights Sydney up for three sparkly weeks every year, it’s a universally-acknowledged truth that planning out your Vivid itinerary can be overwhelming. And if the cost of living is making mapping out your plans even harder, we hear you. There is a heap of cool paid stuff to do at Vivid (we're especially keen on Tekno Train, Dark Spectrum and Lightscape). But thankfully, Vivid isn’t only for those flush with cash – so many highlights of Sydney’s annual light festival can be experienced for free (including most of the 8.5km of Light Walk). 

We’ve put together a guide to doing Vivid on the cheap – and if you're lucky, you might have some change left over to spend at Vivid Food.

Keen to splash out this sparkly season? These are the best parties and events at Vivid Sydney 2024.

And these are our insider hacks to make the most of this year's Vivid.

The best free things to do at Vivid

Where? Sydney Opera House

Seeing the Opera House light up for Vivid is one of the festival's undeniable highlights (ahem). This year, the aesthetically textural work of Sydney-based artist Julia Gutman (one of Time Out Sydney’s Future Shapers for 2024) is lighting up the sails: with a powerful moving artwork that nods to the story of Narcissus, interrogating what it means to truly see yourself. Gutman’s specially-commissioned work Echo lights up the sails until 11pm every night. To see the lights turn on each night, situate yourself with a view of the Opera House at 6pm any night until Sunday, June 15. You can find out more over here.

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Where? Barangaroo Cove

This interactive light feature is changing the way we interact with strangers. Take a seat on one of the luminous chairs at Barangaroo Cove, and when a seat next to you lights up and a stranger takes a pew, open up rather than turning away (or going on your phone). Learn more about Chairwave over here.

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Where? The Goods Line

Yes, peering into a stranger’s window is technically always free, but it’s not always socially-acceptable. Window Dressing is an interactive art piece allowing visitors to catch a glimpse into the ever-fascinating world that plays out inside our homes. This one is located right next to Vivid Fire Kitchen, so you can grab some fire-cooked street food and escape into another world. Learn more about Window Dressing over here.

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We’ll be sharing more guides to Vivid Sydney over the next few weeks – including reviews and round-ups of our favourite events and experiences. In the meantime, these are the key things you need to know, and you can see the full program over here.

 

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