Sydney’s Vivid does the Light Fantastic

In just 3 days Sydney will once again be home to dazzling light installations, cutting edge musical performances and a festival of ideas and creativity. Until June 9, the Harbour City will light up, buzz and intrigue like never before.

Vivid is back with even more spectacular 3D-mapped projections light shows and installations from the Bridge to the Opera House from Darling Harbour to Martin Place and the Museum of Contemporary Art to Customs House.

Vivid Sydney 2013 - Planet under construction light installation

This year Martin Place is the latest spot to be transformed nightly into a glittering gallery of light. Darling Harbour is hosting French company Aquatique’s shows with fountains, laser displays and water jets that make water and light combine to dance and shimmer. Vivid will also take centre stage at the Seymour Centre, Carriageworks, Sydney University and The Basement.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge will enthral crowds with a new addition Harbour Lights. Ferries and boats bedecked with LED lights will pass through computer-controlled zones to change through the colours of the Rainbow. And everyone’s favourite, the Lighting of the Sails of the Opera House will morph from one amazing technicolour projection to the next.

Fred Deaking on Stage

The expanded line up for Vivid Music offers something for everyone with performances from the Pet Shop Boys, St Vincent, Pixies, Hot Chip, Lauryn Hill, Giorgio Moroder and many more.

Vivid Live at the Opera House will also feature Timeline, a unique collaboration between the Princes of electro-pop the Presets and the Australian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Richard Tognetti.

eMergenceVivid Ideas includes 15 signature events and 12 keynotes from some of the world’s most innovative designers, marketers and artists. On Level 6 of the MCA, the Vivid Ideas Exchange will be the focus for talks, seminars, workshops and debates with topics as diverse as fashion, digital media, filmmaking, architecture, animation and more.

Ignatius Jones, Vivid Sydney’s Creative Director, says, “Each year the excitement and enthusiasm generated by Vivid Sydney drives us to reach new heights and explore new creative avenues, and developing Vivid Sydney 2014 has been no different. With new precincts, installations, buildings and ideas, this year’s Vivid will be by far the biggest I have been involved in and I cannot wait to see the Harbour City up in lights”.

Vivid Sydney 2013 - Sydney Harbour Bridge light installation

This year’s jam-packed program demands just three things of Sydney-siders and tourists alike: Go early, go by public transport and go often!

For details of the entire Vivid Sydney 2014 program:


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Liz Bond comes from a PR background and loves fine wine, great food and rewarding travel - all the magnificent things in life. She prides herself in an innate ability to meet famous celebrities at baggage carousels.

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