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Vivid Sydney – Time Out's guide to the festival of light, music and ideas

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

Photograph: Anna Kucera

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. This year, Vivid Sydney takes place from Friday May 26 to Saturday June 17.

Vivid Sydney 2017

The best things to see at Vivid Light
Things to do

The best things to see at Vivid Light

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

The best events at Vivid Ideas
Things to do

The best events at Vivid Ideas

It's the brainy sibling in the Vivid Sydney family.

15 reasons to get excited about this year’s Vivid festival
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15 reasons to get excited about this year’s Vivid festival

To help you decide how to spend that pocket money.

An illuminated dancefloor is popping up on top of the Harbour Bridge
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An illuminated dancefloor is popping up on top of the Harbour Bridge

As if the impressive line-up wasn’t enough.

You can dine with the (illuminated) animals during Vivid at Taronga Zoo
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You can dine with the (illuminated) animals during Vivid at Taronga Zoo

It’s time for dinner at the zoo.

Nick Murphy tells us his Vivid LIVE shows will be unlike anything he’s done before
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Nick Murphy tells us his Vivid LIVE shows will be unlike anything he’s done before

“It felt nice to come back to Australia and do it at home,” says Murphy.

Silent Disco Ice Skating Festival
Things to do

Silent Disco Ice Skating Festival

Strap on your skates and head to Central Park.

Boy George will be DJing at a rooftop party
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Boy George will be DJing at a rooftop party

The British singer and DJ will spin house music at a waterfront bar.

Where to eat and drink during Vivid

Where to eat and drink near the Sydney Opera House
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Where to eat and drink near the Sydney Opera House

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

The ten best things to eat and drink at Spice Alley
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The ten best things to eat and drink at Spice Alley

Grab a bite to eat before you see the lights around Chippendale. 

Chatswood area guide
Things to do

Chatswood area guide

You'll find yum cha juggernauts Kam Fook and Fook Yuen.

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.

Highlights from Vivid Sydney 2016

The best Instagram shots of Vivid Light 2016
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The best Instagram shots of Vivid Light 2016

Vivid fills up your Instagram feeds pretty quickly in winter. Here are some of the best shots.    

What is it like to go to Vivid if you’re blind?
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What is it like to go to Vivid if you’re blind?

“You don’t have to see; you can imagine.”

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