About Vivid Sydney

Light installation with Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background

Vivid Sydney is an annual festival that sparks the soul of our city with creative brilliance for 23 days and nights. Celebrating its 12th year in 2022, Vivid Sydney fuses art, innovation and technology in collaboration with some of the most boundary-pushing artists, thinkers and musicians of our time. Vivid Sydney tells a story of the harbour city beyond the icons, about urban legends, secret spaces and visions for the future. The 2022 festival boasts the longest continuous Light Walk in the history of the event, from Sydney Opera House to Central Station. Once again, the Sydney Opera House will be aglow for the Lighting of the Sails, and at a new Light Walk addition, Central Station, the George Street façade will boast an interactive projection.

Vivid Sydney 2022 will warm the creative soul of the Sydney CBD, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Walsh Bay, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Darling Square, Darling Quarter and iconic city structures such as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Customs House, and new light canvases for 2022, The Goods Line, ASN Clocktower in The Rocks and Central Station.

The annual festival sparks a sense of wonder that resonates around the world, with incredible 3D light projections, cross-art form installations, exhilarating live music and deep-dive discussions. Vivid Sydney proudly supports the NSW visitor economy, from our creative industries to entertainment and hospitality venues, accommodation providers and retailers. In 2019, Vivid Sydney attracted a record 2.4 million attendees and injected $172 million into NSW’s visitor economy and was once again awarded Best Tourism Event at the prestigious Australian Event Awards.

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



Vivid Sydney has been recognised by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) and received 15 accolades at the 2019 IFEA Pinnacle Awards including gold in the Grand Pinnacle category. 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.

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2022 Artistic Direction

The Soul of Our City

Vivid Sydney is Sydney. This compelling story of creativity, innovation and technology told through light, music and ideas is distinguishably Sydney, yet authentically universal. Ours is a distinctive narrative expressed on a unique canvas that resonates around the world. We are innately drawn to it, a collective experience that brings us together to celebrate, reflect and immerse ourselves in this charismatic, surprising and intriguing city.

In 2022, Vivid Sydney dives deep into our soul and explores what defines the character of great cities. What makes them tick, makes them unique, makes us love them and makes them powerful catalysts for change? Our soul is our creativity, our people, our place, our heart. The stories and experiences that reflect our individuality and universality – the untold, unknown and unexpected.

We hope to inspire hearts and minds through bold, inclusive and innovative creative experiences that celebrate our soul and have universal resonance. Experiences that bring us together and embolden us through light, music and ideas.

Vivid Sydney is the soul of our city. Authentically Sydney, genuinely global.




Gill Minervini





Festival Director


Meet the rest of the Vivid Sydney team here.