Explore the Magic of Vivid Sydney at Tumbalong Park

Submitted by Vivid Sydney

31 May 2024
Neolithic at Tumbalong Park

Located within Darling Harbour, Tumbalong Park is one of the Sydney CBD's most iconic public spaces. During Vivid Sydney, the area transforms into a dazzling playground of Light and Music for the 23 nights of the festival.

Whether you visit for the lights, music, or near-by mouth-watering eats, there's something magical for everyone — families, friends or first dates — at every turn. Join us and be part of Sydney’s most vibrant cultural showcase with our top-Tumbalong highlights below.

Light installations and projections to Illuminate Your Night


Who doesn't love a good fire? Hypnotic, mesmerising, and a place to gather and tell a good story. This year, at Tumbalong Park and the Vivid Fire Kitchen, we're celebrating with fire sculptures, flame throwers and other fiery installations. Come soak in the warmth and spectacle of the flames with us.

Vivid Fireplaces
Vivid Fireplaces


A blaze of lights above. A reverberating beat. A structure both ancient and modern. Welcome to Neolithic. It’s time to dance to the music from nearby Tumbalong Stage, wander through time and space and gaze at the hyper-brilliant LED canopy above. Neolithic is an opportunity to ponder our past, future and the human need for creativity that unites the two.



Imagine seeing your own eyes projected onto a building behind Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour. That’s Omnivisu for you. It's fantastically fun and our way of making you feel a part of the Vivid Sydney all festival long. Step up and see yourself as part of the cityscape.

Sennheiser Mirrorbox: Step into ‘FLOW’

Experience the fusion of humanity and nature through an immersive audio journey inside the Sennheiser Mirrorbox. Begin with an AI analysis of your sonic identity, then dive into a meditative soundscape of water-themed music through state-of-the-art MOMENTUM 4 wireless headphones. The journey concludes with a personalised playlist, echoing your unique connection to the world.

Beauty Sleep Esteé Lauder
Sennheiser Mirrorbox: Step into 'FLOW'

Estée Lauder, Beauty Sleep

Just beyond Tumbalong Park, pause at the Estée Lauder Beauty Sleep installation to experience the intersection of art and the science of skincare. This piece uses light to depict the beauty of nighttime skin renewal. A sleeping facial sculpture, Beauty Sleep lights up to reveal a dynamic map of skin science, enhanced by the rhythmic glow of amber light, reminiscent of Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair serum.

Sennheiser Mirrorbox: Step into 'FLOW'
Esteé Lauder, Beauty Sleep


Music Under the Stars: Tumbalong Nights

Dance under the stars at Tumbalong Park, where light and music meet, for 23 nights of free contemporary music. Celebrate our shared humanity with the best live international and local talent and Djs. Line-up highlights include:

Local contemporary sounds

Grentperez and FRIDAY*, Saturday 8 June

A night of fresh sounds to elevate the Saturday night of your June long weekend – the R&B and vintage bossa nova croon of grentperez and the genre-bending groove of FRIDAY*.

Grentperez and FRIDAY*
Grentperez and FRIDAY*


Teenage Joans and Lola Scott, Thursday 13 June

Teenage Joans and Lola Scott bring unapologetic punk-pop and indie flair to Vivid Sydney, delivering energetic guitar sounds and catchy melodies in a night of all-female rebellion.

Global sounds

Sounds of Afrobeat, Sunday 9 June

A big night of rhythm, dance and colour with Sounds of Afrobeat. Get swept up in an electrifying celebration of African culture and music with larger-than-life performances, dancing and DJs.

K-indie festival feat. Silica Gel + sunwoojunga, Friday 7 June

Experience Korea's K-Indie scene with sunwoojunga and Silica Gel, showcasing vibrant, genre-blending sounds of folk, indie-pop and rock.

Sounds of Afrobeats
Sounds of Afrobeats


First Nations sounds

Jalbu Muna, Saturday 25 May

Celebrate First Nations' stories and song. This vibrant, all-women lineup bridges culture, Country and generations through music, dance, and tradition, curated by Deline Briscoe and featuring Christine Anu and more.

WILDFIRE MANWURRK and Battlesnake, Thursday 6 June

Join Arnhem Land’s heavy metal six-piece WILDFIRE MANWURRK and the high-impact theatrics of Sydney glam rockers, Battlesnake for this powerful night of rock.


3% presents ‘Kill The Dead’ album launch feat. Jessica Mauboy, Friday 15 June

Don’t miss this album launch for First Nations rap supergroup 3%. An unapologetic celebration of Blak culture, the night features artists from the new record including a guest appearance from Jessica Mauboy.

Budjerah and Jem Cassar-Daley, Saturday 15 June

Budjerah and Jem Cassar-Daley close Tumbalong Nights with soul-stirring R&B pop and indie magic. Experience Australia's most compelling voices with a night of uplifting melodies and storytelling.Vivid

Delicious flame-cooked food at a bustling night-market

Vivid Fire Kitchen

Amidst the lights and music, make sure to indulge in the flavours of the Vivid Fire Kitchen on The Goods Line, a short walk from Tumbalong Park. Savour global dishes from wood-fired pizzas to Greek street food and witness pitmasters at work, offering live cooking demonstrations that will spice up your festival evenings.

Messina Milk Bar
Messina Milk Bar

Messina Milk Bar

In the heat of the Fire Kitchen action, step into Gelato Messina’s whimsical twist on the classic Australian milk bar for a scoop or two of nostalgia. This modern interpretation of a 'mixed business' will have you scooping up gelato-infused chocolate bars, dixie cups, tailor-made milkshakes and spiders. Not to mention their warm Milo fudge sundae, a Vivid Sydney exclusive.


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