Sydney lights up for Vivid Sydney, but the projections are just the beginning of this major winter festival
Vivid is the largest winter festival in the Southern Hemisphere, running over 23 days and nights with an extensive program of Light, Music and Ideas events.
Vivid Light will stretch from the Botanic Gardens to Darling Harbour, and for the first time this year there’ll be using the streets of Barangaroo as a canvas for light projections, including the terrifying Trapdoor by Sydney special effects studio Spinifex Group. You can also expect manga and Steampunk in Chatswood, a giant Port Jackson shark at Taronga Zoo and a spectacular display of heroes and villains, drag queens and witches in Kings Cross.
The headliners for the Music programs are electronic duo Goldfrapp, AIR, Laura Marling and Nick Murphy at the Opera House, as well as a block party dedicated to The Avalanches’ album Since I Left You. Fleet Foxes will be performing exclusively during Vivid Live and there’ll be a rave at the Powerhouse Museum by Heaps Gay.
The Vivid Ideas program has more than 200 events, including the annual Semi-Permanent festival, Good Design Festival, Robowars, Curvy Creative Women’s Conference and Clipped. See our top picks of this year’s Vivid Ideas program.