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 2024, for its 14th year, Vivid Sydney will fuse art, innovation and technology in collaboration with some of the most boundary-pushing artists, musicians, thinkers and culinary experts of our time.

Mark the dates 24 May – 15 June 2024 in your calendar and explore the program of Light, Music, Ideas and Food, united by this year’s artistic direction, "Vivid Sydney, Humanity".

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

What's on at Vivid Sydney 2024

Brace yourself for a city illuminated with awe-inspiring art installations and 3D light projections, casting a magical glow upon Sydney’s iconic buildings and urban spaces. Expect live music and performances that transcend boundaries, with both emerging and established artists sharing their stories through dance and song.

Immerse yourself in thought-provoking experiences and heartfelt discussions led by inspiring minds and free-thinkers addressing the big questions. We’ll also indulge your palate with pop-up markets and dining experiences that pay homage to the rich diversity of our community through delectable culinary delights.

Stay tuned for an unforgettable journey into the heart of "Vivid Sydney, Humanity."

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2024 Artistic Direction

Vivid Sydney, Humanity

We need each other more than ever before. Facing an ever-changing world and times we don’t recognise, our search for meaning and purpose has taken on a new urgency. We only need to look inside ourselves to find who we are and what we are capable of. Look inside to find those things that make us human – love, kindness, compassion, creativity - humanity.

Humanity – human race, humankind, human nature.

Humanity is the key to our future, to discovering the answers that determine our way forward. To reimagining a world without boundaries, discrimination or inequality - a world full of people who work together, with kindness, empathy and creativity, with a shared tomorrow in mind.

Creativity and imagination are what makes us human. Helping us understand and respond to our world and value diversity – broadening our perspective and challenging our preconceptions. Human creativity allows us to develop technology, solve problems and produce innovative solutions.

Since time began, creativity has brought us together and we continually invent ways to express ourselves. As humans we are connected through story, art, music, food and many other means of creative expression. Throughout time we have gathered to share what our imaginations can conjure – to convey our differences and commonalities.

Creativity helps us develop strong communities, sustainable environments and intellectual freedom. It is the backbone of the human condition. Art gives us meaning, improves our quality of life and makes us feel good – it opens our minds to new ideas – for now and the future.

Without creativity, humanity cannot survive. We need to encourage it, embrace it and celebrate its inextricable link with the human race. We need to be better humans, to create a world that values our people and our planet – a world that encourages human creativity for good. A world for us all.

In 2024 Vivid Sydney celebrates humanity. Everyone is invited to the world’s most beautiful city to connect, create and participate. To come together as people for change – to share experiences and stories through light, music, ideas and food. We welcome you to be part of this unique global event that embraces creativity, innovation and technology for the greater good.

Vivid Sydney 2024 explores what makes us human and how we can make a better world, together.


Gill Minervini





Festival Director



An award-winning festival

Vivid Sydney has been recognised by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA), winning 17 awards (16 gold, including a Grand Pinnacle and 1 silver) at the IFEA Pinnacle Awards 2023.

Vivid Sydney was also voted Australia’s Best Tourism Event in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2023.