Vivid Sydney warms the soul of our city with light artists, music makers and brilliant thinkers. Spark your sense of wonder and come out to play as Sydney transforms into a playground of the unexpected.

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Mildlife

The demon groove kings, Mildlife are back on the road this winter, bringing their riotously loose-limbed performance to the iconic City Recital Hall. An...

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Mildlife
Location: City Recital Hall Price: From: $49.90

Magda Szubanski

Magda Szubanski on the healing power of the arts and laughter Comedian Magda Szubanski AO has been making us laugh for three decades. Her comedic talents...

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Magda Szubanski headshot
Location: Sydney Town Hall Price: From: $35.00

Jesswar

Brisbane-based hip-hop artist Jesswar’s ruthless refusal of prescribed definitions is the foundation on which she builds her music. Deeply inspired by...

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Jesswar
Location: Carriageworks Price: From: $35.00

Light

Ephemeral

Sydney-based design studio Atelier Sisu works at the intersection of art and architecture creating large-scale site-specific works that enchant by reinventing...

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Ephemeral
Location: Darling Harbour Price: Free

Sensitive

Created by Sydney-based ANL Design, ‘Sensitive’ is an installation that explores our desire for genuine human connection and relationships in the digital...

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Sensitive
Location: Circular Quay Price: Free

Macula

Named after the centre of the human eye that enables us to perceive colour and fine details, Macula is an innovative immersive installation that combines...

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Macula
Location: Darling Harbour Price: Free

Symbiosis

In Symbiosis, Belgian collective Dirty Monitor reveals the intimate association between humans and fauna, flora and mineral elements. Symbiosis takes you...

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Symbiosis
Location: The Rocks Price: Free

Beautiful life

Beautiful Life is a super-sized human-powered kaleidoscope, in which participants create art tessellations. The reflections within Beautiful Life create...

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This is an image of a daffodil kaleidoscope with two female silhouettes inside in the Beautiful Life exhibit
Location: Darling Harbour Price: Free

Patterns in Nature

During the summer term of 2019-2020 UTS Design ran an elective subject to enable students to produce an artwork for exhibition at Vivid Sydney 2021. The...

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This is an image of light sculptures depicting Patterns in Nature at First Fleet Park in Sydney
Location: Circular Quay Price: Free

New York Sunday

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will be transformed into majestic cliffs of colour that will shift and morph into new combinations. This installation...

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New York Sunday (MCA)
Location: Circular Quay Price: Free

SHARD

Shard is a trio of light sculptures that acts as a platform for the stories of Baykali Ganumbarr, Yalyalwuy Gondarra and Watjarr (Marko) Garmu. Hear the...

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SHARD
Location: The Rocks Price: Free

One Big Backyard

One Big Backyard explores what it really means to be a Sydneysider today, regardless of your location or background. This extraordinary light installation...

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One Big Backyard
Location: The Rocks Price: Free

Fall

Covering over 70% of the Earth’s surface, water is a precious resource that is vital for all forms of life. Fall is a sensory experience encouraging...

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Fall
Location: The Rocks Price: Free

Ideas

Brazen Hussies

Outrage against systemic misogyny… allegations of the mistreatment, bullying and sexual abuse of women in the workplace… a cri de coeur for women’s...

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Brazen Hussies
Location: City and Surrounds Price: From: $25.00

Whistleblowers

In an age of mixed messages and ‘alternative facts’, investigative journalists play a leading role in sorting the truth from the lies. So how do journalists...

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Whistleblowers
Location: NSW Parliament House Price: From: $25.00

Happy Sad Man

This session will ask how we can change the language around masculinity and mental health. Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey was inspired to present...

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happy sad man smiling on the beach
Location: Vivid Ideas Exchange, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Price: From: $25.00

Magda Szubanski

Magda Szubanski on the healing power of the arts and laughter Comedian Magda Szubanski AO has been making us laugh for three decades. Her comedic talents...

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Magda Szubanski headshot
Location: Sydney Town Hall Price: From: $35.00

Pushing Boundaries

Have you ever wondered what drives those people who don’t know when to stop? When Jenny Valentish wrote Woman of Substances, a book about addiction...

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New Horizons: Pushing Boundaries
Location: Vivid Ideas Exchange, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Price: From: $25.00

Sects, Lies & Cults

Cults. They bring to mind master manipulators Jim Jones, Anne Hamilton Byrne and Charles Manson. Mass suicide, child abduction, routine drug experimentation...

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This is an image of children from a cult dressed in similar clothing with matching bowl haircuts
Location: Vivid Ideas Exchange, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Price: From: $25.00

Music

Akosia

Rising neo soul voice of Ghanian descent, Akosia’s debut self-titled EP received critical acclaim. “Dammnn, Akosia! Your voice is so silvery and it...

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Akosia
Location: Carriageworks Price: From: $25.00

Barkaa

A rising star dubbed by Triple J as ‘one of the most exciting and powerful new rappers in Australian music’, Barkaa is a proud Malyangapa, Barkindji...

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Barkaa
Location: Carriageworks Price: From: $35.00

OPEN FRAME

Returning to Carriageworks for its sixth edition, Open Frame is an immersive experimental program of transgressive sound and light. Curated by Lawrence...

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This is an image of Alexandra Spence making music in a bare room
Location: Carriageworks Price: From: $45.00

Mildlife

The demon groove kings, Mildlife are back on the road this winter, bringing their riotously loose-limbed performance to the iconic City Recital Hall. An...

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Mildlife
Location: City Recital Hall Price: From: $49.90

Coastal Elite Allstars

Personal Best Records presents Sydney band Coastal Elite and their nautically-inclined cohort of guest musicians and singers including Moody Beach, Carl...

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Coastal Elite Allstars
Location: National Art School (NAS) Price: From: $26.41

Vivid LIVE: G Flip

Bedroom musician turned cutting-edge indie pop star G Flip is one of Australia’s most exciting new artists, and they’re making their Sydney Opera House...

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Vivid Live: G Flip
Location: Sydney Opera House Price: From: $39.00

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Melbourne’s most prolific bands move in and make themselves at home at Carriageworks for a career spanning residency over five nights from 22-26 August...

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Carriageworks presents King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Location: Carriageworks Price: From: $69.00

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