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Vivid Sydney – Time Out's guide to the festival

Winter shines in Sydney with light shows, talks and spectacular gigs

Vivid Sydney
Photography: Kokkai

Vivid is the largest winter festival in the world, running over 24 days and nights with an extensive program of Light, Music and Ideas events. This year, Vivid Sydney takes place from Friday May 24 to Saturday June 15.

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Vivid Sydney highlights

11 exciting things on at this year's Vivid Sydney
News

11 exciting things on at this year's Vivid Sydney

1. Academy Award-winning director Spike Lee is coming to Australia for the first time.

11 Vivid Light artworks to see
Things to do

11 Vivid Light artworks to see

There will be luminous light installations every night from 6-11pm. 

Vivid Ideas highlights
Things to do

Vivid Ideas highlights

The brainy sibling in the Vivid Sydney family includes headline speakers plus smaller festivals and conferences.

The best Vivid gigs and parties
Music

The best Vivid gigs and parties

Another year, another packed Vivid Live and Vivid Music line-up to peruse.

Where to eat and drink during Vivid

Where to eat during Vivid Sydney
Restaurants

Where to eat during Vivid Sydney

Here's a great idea: book an early table for dinner. 

Where to eat and drink near the Sydney Opera House
Bars

Where to eat and drink near the Sydney Opera House

Head down to Circular Quay with plenty of time to spare.

The 50 best bars in Sydney
Bars

The 50 best bars in Sydney

Sydney's bar scene has evolved over the last twelve months. 

The 50 best restaurants in Sydney
Restaurants

The 50 best restaurants in Sydney

This is the definitive, ranked list of where to eat in Sydney right now.

Where to stay in Sydney

Boutique hotels in Sydney
Hotels

Boutique hotels in Sydney

Luxury interiors and intimate spaces. 

Sydney's best spa hotels
Hotels

Sydney's best spa hotels

Book a treatment, stay the night. 

Cheap hotels in Sydney
Hotels

Cheap hotels in Sydney

Save dollars, don't compromise comfort.

Airport hotels
Hotels

Airport hotels

Super convenient, and better than you'd imagine.