2019: 30 Reasons To Visit Vivid Sydney

Submitted by Vivid Sydney

13 May 2019
30 Reasons to visit Vivid Sydney 2019

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.

1.Lie back under the Argyle Cut in The Rocks and be transported through the imaginative worlds of Pixar’s films. Enjoy an exclusive look at 30 years of animation through the eyes of Pixar Animation Studios including some of their most loved characters such as Woody and Buzz Lightyear.

2. It’s undoubtedly the best time to enjoy a Sydney Harbour cruise. Shimmering lights, grand projections, it is the best show around.

3. Experience the magic of Taronga Zoo at night; with new lantern, Sumatran Tiger Cubs, marking the birth of three new tiger cubs and highlighting the zoo’s commitment to conservation.

4. Explore a festival within a festival: from the Audiocraft Podcast Festival to Freshflix Film Festival, Semi Permanent to Sydney Film Festival.

5. Reimagine the way you see Vivid Sydney with the Samsung Galaxy S10 at Samsung’s Electric Playground in First Fleet Park.

6.Play with slime but avoid the mess thanks to the Goo project by PropMill at Cadmans Cottage.

7.Experience over 10 electronic and indie music acts in one day at Curve Ball, Carriageworks. It just might be the warehouse party of the year!

8.Meet female innovators who are shaping business in Australia at the Next Gen Female Innovators event at Vivid Ideas.

9.High school students in Years 9-12 can hear from a panel of creative industry professionals about their career pathways and challenges at the inaugural Vivid School. Talk to your teacher and sign up now.

10.See a concert by a rockin’ female musician as part of X|Celerate at Ziggy’s Barber Shop in Surry Hills.

11.Play the giant Cascading Harp made of hollow metallic spheres at Chatswood. Be inspired by the traditional sounds of Tibetan meditation tunes or create your own joyful song of positivity and hope.

12.Be immersed in the most progressive form of music video whilst dancing along to The Rubens at Clipped Music Video Festival.

13.Explore Sydney’s colonial history from a new perspective by discovering the installations throughout the harbour side quarter where European settlement began in The Rocks such as Watch Your Chips! and Nostalgia Above.

14.Stroll over Sydney Harbour Bridge to experience City Sparkle, an unforgettable view of Sydney Harbour lit up by thousands of LEDs and projections.

15.Fly through the night sky on Volaré, Luna Park’s newest ride, described as a “magical wave swinger”.

16.Kids can let their hair down each Saturday night during Vivid Sydney at Kiddo Disco at Home The Venue in Darling Harbour - an energetic, uplifting and dynamic disco for children that includes dancing, games and a visual wonderland for kids big and small.

17.See the lighting of the Sydney Opera House sails at 6pm every evening. This year, LA based Andrew Thomas Huang will transform the Sails with Austral Floral Ballet. Uniquely Sydney, uniquely Vivid.

18.Check out some of the most ambitious and innovative local and international artists performing at the Opera House as part of Vivid LIVE including electronic music powerhouses Underworld and legendary jazz ground-breaker Herbie Hancock.

19.Embrace your inner child at KA3233 at the Royal Botanic Gardens. The interactive installation is overgrown with alien plant matter and reacts to sounds and space.

20.Enjoy the Art Gallery of NSW at Vivid Art After Hours with a series of free ideas and music events on Wednesday nights. Catch Meshel Laurie talking about spirituality, Pulitzer Prize winning author Sebastian Smee, and hear an Astronaut’s Playlist – the mixed tape that may have been played during the Apollo 11 moon landing.

21.Experience the magic of Ballerina by Angelo Bonello, a dream like dance solo shimmering along The Harbour’s edge in Circular Quay.

22.See Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading composer James Ledger perform thirteen new songs inspired by birds at the City Recital Hall. Celebrating winged creatures of all kinds.

23.Learn about architecture and human existence at Co-Existence, in Chatswood. Head down at 6pm each night to see the Limelight Academy transform The Concourse into a 3D mapped projection depicting the connection between architecture, love, peace and harmony.

24.See the largest puppet constructed in Australia at Barangaroo. The glowing giant Marri Dyin, meaning ‘Great Woman’ in Sydney Aboriginal language will hunt and gather along Wulungul Walk each evening from Thursday to Sunday.

25.Sink a drink, and watch the lights from the American Express Lounge, Cruise Bar Rooftop at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

26.Reflect on Australia’s Indigenous history and celebrate the Year of Indigenous Languages on the Sydney Harbour Bridge southern pylon. Eora: Broken Spear curated by Rhonda Roberts AO depicts the actions of peace-seeking members of the Indigenous Australia during first contact.

27.There is something for everybody at Tumbalong Lights in Darling Harbour. Celebrating the art of play, the basic right of inclusion and the joy of discovery. The space inspired playSPACE is accessible to all ages and abilities.

28.Walk through Firefly Field in the Royal Botanic Garden to experience the beautiful, unpredictable natural movement of the rare creatures.

29.Learn what goes on Under The Harbour during Vivid Sydney at Customs House. A surreal underwater encounter sure to delight children and adults alike.

30.Be seduced by the imposing art-deco façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art as it is transformed by award-winning Australian-Colombian artist Claudia Nicholson underscored by the cool and contemporary sounds of Lonelyspeck.


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