Vivid Sydney – Festival of Light, Music and Ideas

Projection on Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Projections on the Museum of Contemporary Art

Let me start by saying how much I love Sydney, its a fabulous, vibrant city set on the most spectacular harbour.   There is heaps to do and certainly for us Kiwi’s, its great for a long weekend or even a proper holiday.   Its certainly well known for its Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (which is a blast regardless of your sexual preference) but throughout the year there are plenty of other events going on.

For the last 5 years, Sydney has hosted a winter light show around the harbour that is absolutely amazing.

A couple of years ago, I happened to be in Sydney with work, and had a couple of evenings when we caught the ferry from Parramatta to the city and enjoyed the sites around the Circular Quay area.

This year is the 6th time they have run this event and from the 23rd of May until 9th July they light up the buildings around the harbour with the most spectacular projections.

Vivid Sydney
Vivid Sydney

Its colourful and incredible – watching the Opera House appear to crumple like it was made of paper, a woman as tall as the Opera house move over it “sails”, seeing it appear to billow in the wind.  Quite simply, I’d never seen anything like it.

Opera House appearing to crumple
Opera House appearing to crumple

If you get a chance, I’d say don’t hestiate to go.  Sydney has so much to offer and the light shows around the harbour are free to watch.

From the official Vivid Sydney website it looks like they have really gone all out this year with additional venues and sites lit up.




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