About Vivid Sydney 2019

About Vivid Sydney

About Vivid Sydney 2019

If there’s one place in the world where inspiration shines bright, it’s Vivid Sydney. Returning for its eleventh year from 24 May - 15 June 2019. Vivid Sydney is Australia’s most loved and awarded festival brings together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to share their creativity with you. See the city transformed. Discover new artforms. Ride soundwaves. Spark new ideas and ignite conversations. Let your imagination take flight.


Vivid Light illuminates Sydney’s skyline with Lights On! from 6pm each evening. As the Lighting of the Sails unfurls across the architectural wonder of the Sydney Opera House, weave your way along the Light Walk around the harbour front and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and venture to Sydney Harbour, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Luna Park Sydney, The Rocks, Chatswood and Taronga Zoo to brighten up your winter nights. With so much to see across nine precincts, it is worth planning multiple visits with plenty of pit stops to make the most of Vivid Sydney’s vast outdoor gallery of light art. Check out the light installations and projections here.  


Vivid Sydney catalyses the city’s live music culture. At the Sydney Opera House, British alt-rock pioneers The Cure and electronic titans Underworld headline Vivid LIVE. Powerhouse electronic act RÜFÜS DU SOL and genre-bending popstar FKA twigs play shows at Carriageworks, and Curve Ball is back with Hayden James, Mallrat, Touch Sensitive and Set Mo. Tap into both emerging and proven musical talent at Vivid X|Celerate gigs across every imaginable genre in your favourite venues across the city. Vivid Art After Hours returns to Vivid Sydney at the Art Gallery of NSW and City Recital Hall presents Paul Kelly, Kate Miller-Heidke, ZOFO and Concertos on Fire. Check out the full music program here


Vivid Ideas brings you 23 days and nights of future-facing talks, hands-on workshops and industryshaping forums. Game Changers Spike Lee and Esther Perel challenge assumptions on race and relationships. The Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth, asks what price we’ll pay for our constant digital distraction. In the series New Horizons, tune in to experts on sextech, co-living, dying for company, digital farewells and the dark web. Citizens of the World workshops unlock essential skills for a better informed and engaged life. Seek out bright sparks. Find new collaborators. Come up with new ways of thinking and maybe even try a new way of being. Check out the full ideas program here.

Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency