About Vivid Sydney

Sydney Harbour with Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background

Vivid Sydney is an annual celebration of creativity, innovation and technology, which transforms Sydney for 23 days and nights. In 2022, for its 12th year, Vivid Sydney fused art, innovation and technology in collaboration with some of the most boundary-pushing artists, thinkers and musicians of our time.

Mark the date 26 May – 17 June 2023 in your calendar and sign up to the MyVivid e-newsletter to be the first to hear about the 2023 program.

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



Vivid Light illuminates the city and its urban landscape in unexpected ways. In 2022, Vivid Sydney boasted the longest continuous light walk ever, running uninterrupted from Sydney Opera House to Central Station. Glowing light art and vibrant 3D projections transformed the city’s iconic architecture and lesser known-spaces including Sydney’s CBD, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Walsh Bay, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Darling Square, Darling Quarter, The Goods Line and Central Station.



All of Sydney’s a stage for the Vivid Music program. Iin 2022 Sydney felt the pulse of a new beat with evocative performers transforming the city with live shows in unexpected spaces. The 2022 program featured free live music events at Central Station‘s Grand Concourse, Tumbalong Nights and Tumbalong Kids at Darling Harbour and DJs at The Goods Line. Ticketed gigs included late night cabaret at the Vivid Sydney Supper Club at Mary’s Underground, the world premiere of The Gospel According to Marcia at St Stephens Uniting Church, as well as international acts Spiritualized, Baxter Dury and Cakes Da Killa.



The Vivid Ideas program gathers some of the brightest minds and fearless storytellers to connect us to the future. The program boasts a stacked line-up of thought-provoking talks, workshops and deep-dive discussions that jump to the heart of the matter, seek creative solutions and inspire new ways of thinking. The 2022 Ideas program featured award-winning theatre and film director, screenwriter, and playwright Aaron Sorkin; ‘Bombshell’ women’s rights advocate Gretchen Carlson; iconoclastic superstar Troye Sivan; and master storyteller and award-winning filmmaker Baz Luhrmann.



Vivid Sydney is proud to announce the addition of a new pillar in 2023 – Vivid Food. Food is an integral part of our culture and the perfect complement to our program of Light, Music and Ideas. As the culinary capital of Australia, Sydney has world-class hatted chefs, restaurants, producers and venues and Vivid Food is all about celebrating those that make our food scene so special.



Vivid Sydney has been recognised by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) and won 14 medals at the 2022 IFEA Pinnacle Awards. Vivid Sydney was also voted Australia’s Best Tourism Event in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event in 2017 and 2019 in the Australian Event Awards.

At the 2022 Australian Event Awards and Symposium Vivid Sydney 2022 won in the Achievement (National) category for Best Public Event 2022.


2023 Artistic Direction

Vivid Sydney, Naturally

We have come through dark days together; we have reconnected, reenergised and rediscovered. We have walked into the light and found joy, happiness and each other.

Now is the time to keep moving forward, to maintain the momentum, to leave no one behind. To protect what we truly cherish and ensure it endures. To create moments of wonder that bring us together and shine the spotlight on what really matters — connection, authenticity, love, nature.

Through nature we connect with our inner selves and find kindred souls. We gain an understanding of our place in the world and the importance of protecting it. Through nature we discover creativity, inspiration and understanding.

Fuelling our imagination, nature has long been a source of creativity. Creatives imitate the design patterns of nature, writers describe its beauty and scientists try to solve its mysteries. It teaches us, soothes and heals us — helps us to be optimistic and remain open to the unknown. Nature evokes awe, emotion and hope — makes us strive to be better, embrace diversity and think differently.

Nature provides a sense of discovery, a celebration of authenticity, an invitation to connect, a chance to create…experiences we can share at Vivid Sydney.

Vivid Sydney provides a unique opportunity to create in one of the world’s most beautiful natural and urban environments, to celebrate the natural wonder and diversity that is Sydney and our planet through creativity, technology and innovation — to be part of the awe-inspiring global event that is Vivid Sydney.

Through light, music, ideas and food, we invite you to be part of this truly universal experience that strives to change hearts and minds, to honour difference and to protect our world.

Natural beauty, natural brilliance, natural wonder.

Vivid Sydney, naturally.




Gill Minervini





Festival Director


Meet the rest of the Vivid Sydney team here.