Vivid Sydney Blog

It takes more than lock-out laws to stop the swell of live music flooding the city. During Vivid Sydney, X|Celerate supercharges an eclectic mix of 23 inner-city venues and sees them serve up the tastiest tunes and most experimental sounds around. Who’ll be your biggest discovery this year? Which will be your new favourite haunt?
11 Jun 2019View more
With dozens of light installations, live music performances, thought provoking panel discussions, conferences and masterclasses, Vivid Sydney is the perfect time to seek out inspiration in Sydney. Check out these 10 design and creativity events taking place in and around the city from 25 May to 14 June.
06 Jun 2019View more
Vivid Sydney is brightening up your winter nights and setting your Instagram feed alight. Vivid Sydney is certainly impressive in person whether you’re visiting from nearby or afar. It’s also one of the most snap worthy events of the year. From a 16m tall mega-bot to a shimmering field of fireflies, here are ten light installations that will have your friends and followers ooh-ing and ahh-ing, wishing they were doing Vivid Sydney with you.
05 Jun 2019View more
Whether you want to enjoy a cocktail before wandering along the Light Walk or you’re looking for dinner after seeing a Vivid Ideas talk, there are plenty of restaurants and bars in the Vivid Sydney precincts offering dishes and drinks inspired by the festival lights. Here’s where to find them.
04 Jun 2019View more
Vivid Sydney is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, so it’s no surprise that it draws big crowds. If you’re planning on taking the family, going in a big group or just want some breathing space, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the inspiring installations at Vivid Sydney 2019. One of our top tips is to explore the festival early in the evening and early in the week, especially between Monday and Wednesday.
29 May 2019View more
2019 marks 50 years since the Apollo 11 lunar mission. It was 16 July 1969 when Neil Armstrong, Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin and Michael Collins blasted off into space. Some 530 million people around the world tuned into the live television broadcast of the Moon landing on 20 July. When the ‘Eagle’ lunar module landed on the surface of the Moon, Armstrong was first to step out, famously saying ‘that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’. The mission would last eight days, three hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds with the trio of heroes returned safely to earth.
29 May 2019View more
When you’re jumping between meetings and appointments and shunting life admin to the sidelines so you can try to see family and friends, the prospect of cultivating a rich inner life can seem more remote than taking that trek in the Himalayas. 
23 May 2019View more
At Vivid Music, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a smorgasbord of FREE gigs around town where you can sample all manner of sonic delights. Indulge your senses as much as you dare, after all your hip pockets are being spared.   
23 May 2019View more
There is more family fun in store than ever before as Vivid Sydney returns for its 11th year with 23 days and nights of light, music and ideas packed with highlights to delight and entertain. The fun-filled festival will transform the city from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June, with large-scale light installations and projections, free family events, and creative ideas and workshops for children, teens and families.
23 May 2019View more
Vivid Sydney illuminates Sydney Harbour once again in 2019 with a stellar line-up of events featuring incredible light artists, music makers and brilliant game changing minds. Vivid Sydney, now in its eleventh year, is the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, lighting up Sydney and surrounds at 6pm each night for 23 days from Friday 24 May until Saturday 15 June 2019.
13 May 2019View more
If you thought exploring Vivid Sydney’s three kilometre Light Walk on foot was the only way to be amazed by the creativity and innovation of this year’s installations, think again. There is an array of ways to explore the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere and still ensure you capture the most social-worthy snaps along the way. This year, there are more ways to experience the festival than ever before, whether it’s from the water, high above the city or even whirling around on a theme park ride.
13 May 2019View more
The route for the Vivid Sydney Light Walk stretches for more than three kilometres. The light walk includes major projections and installations at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Customs House and through out The Rocks. The best way to enjoy all of wonderful sights along the Vivid Sydney Light Walk is to follow the walking route seen in the video below. 
10 May 2019View more
Pubs, band rooms and concert halls might be the mainstays for gigs, but music and performances bubble up in the most unlikely places during Vivid Music. Here are five quirky spaces amongst the 23 X|Celerate venues where you’ll discover emerging bands, musos and sound shapers across every imaginable genre and cross-over style. Tap into ‘green shoot’ talent, feel the buzz around future stars and rekindle memories with old fave acts as you enjoy every night of Vivid Music.
24 Apr 2019View more
Vivid Sydney is here to light up the city - and your Instagram feed. Vivid Sydney isn’t just impressive in person; it’s also one of the most snap-worthy events of the year. 
07 Jun 2018View more
Treat the kids to an experience they’ll remember forever!
07 Jun 2018View more
The 10th anniversary of Vivid Sydney is set to be the most ambitious yet, with a fantastic collection of light displays, events, musical performances, and tech talks to keep everyone entertained. The lights will ignite at 6pm every night, but here’s what to do before you take off on your tour of light and colour.  
29 May 2018View more
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Vivid Sydney is continually setting the benchmark for world-class events.
25 May 2018View more
Vivid Sydney isn’t only about bright lights and good music, it also includes an exclusive ideas program dedicated to exchanging fresh thinking across tech, design and culture.
25 May 2018View more
When the sun goes down, Vivid Sydney sparks up. Fill your evenings with a series of thought-provoking discussions, daring debates, and interesting experiences. Here are the best events to attend to make the most of your evenings.  
25 May 2018View more
Vivid Sydney meets the ocean. Welcome to Vivid Sydney at Darling Harbour, where you find yourself exploring the seafloor and all the creatures that accompany it.
22 May 2018View more
The Sydney Opera House is one of the city’s most famous sites, and this year’s Sydney Opera House events are set to be equally iconic.
17 May 2018View more
Vivid Sydney is one of the most magical events of the year, so it’s no surprise that it draws a crowd.
17 May 2018View more
"Failing forward" is the new business speak for daring to try.
17 May 2018View more
Carriageworks is the largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre of its kind in Australia, engaging both artists and audiences.
09 May 2018View more
Vivid Sydney is a celebration of light and colour;  one of the main attractions for musical fans around the city, is the sensational array of incredible artists and musical geniuses that take the stage to share their talents and their experiences with the city of Sydney.
09 May 2018View more
Immerse yourself in Vivid Sydney’s newest precinct. In 2018 Luna Park Sydney will come to life from Friday 25 May to Saturday 16 June, inviting visitors to submerge themselves in the dazzling colours and visuals Vivid Sydney has to offer.  Read on to find out more about Luna Park and discover fun Vivid Sydney activities for all the family.   
07 May 2018View more
Now in its second year as a Vivid Sydney precinct and only minutes from King Street Wharf and Wynyard Walk, Barangaroo is the place to be.
07 May 2018View more
Technology is no longer just a part of our world; it’s a part of each and every one of us.
07 May 2018View more
Join some of the world’s biggest and brightest stars in design and technology at Semi Permanent 2018.
07 May 2018View more
The Rocks is back again during Vivid Sydney 2018 with events, conferences, and radiant light displays. Uncover impending digital trends, marvel at the latest in design and innovation, and get lost in over 20 unique and mesmerising installations of light and colour.  
04 May 2018View more
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney has long been a favourite stage for the enchanting displays of Vivid Sydney. The vast expanse of gardens allows light artworks to be immense, intense, and seemingly endless.
04 May 2018View more
Covering a range of diverse topics and industries, Vivid Sydney Ideas will host numerous events and creative conferences across the city as part of Vivid Sydney 2018. 
01 May 2018View more
With so many stunning light projections and installations at Vivid Sydney 2018, it’s easy to forget that there will also be a long list of music events taking place during the festival. 
01 May 2018View more
Once a year, Sydney undergoes a stunning transformation during its annual Vivid Sydney festival, a celebration of innovative light, music and ideas.
16 Apr 2018View more
From 24 May to 15 June, Australia’s largest city will host an exciting program of light installations, exciting live music shows and ideas talks and workshops.
16 Apr 2018View more
From 25 May to 16 June, Vivid Sydney will take over the city’s most famous landmarks with a range of installations and events for the whole family. A fascinating spectacle for all ages, discover a number of family-friendly events and fun installations to keep the little ones busy! From giant animals to virtual reality ball pits, check out some of this year’s top activities and installations for kids both young and old.
16 Apr 2018View more
Be sure to visit the Chatswood precinct during Vivid Sydney 2018 for an electric celebration of food, fashion, light, the planet and the stars.
06 Apr 2018View more
Returning to Vivid Sydney 2018 after a spectacular show last year, Taronga Zoo is back with Lights For The Wild -  a mesmerising world of scientific discovery, shining a light on the spellbinding won
06 Apr 2018View more