Frequently Asked Questions




What is Vivid Sydney?

Vivid Sydney is a celebration of creativity, innovation and technology that transforms the Sydney CBD in winter through Light, Music and Ideas. Celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2021, Vivid Sydney captures the uniqueness, vibrancy and imagination of Sydney, positioning the Harbour City as the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific. The festival features mesmerising art displays and large-scale 3D projections from local and international artists, an eclectic line-up of musical performers, thought provoking talks from some of the world’s greatest minds, and collaborations including Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House. 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 a Gold placing in the Grand Pinnacle category. Vivid Sydney was also voted Australia’s Best Event in 2013, 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.

When is Vivid Sydney?

Vivid Sydney will return in August 6-28 2021. 

What events are on during Vivid Sydney?

The full program will be launched in coming months. Keep up-to-date on everything Vivid Sydney by signing up to MyVivid or following our Vivid Sydney social channels.


Will Vivid Sydney 2021 be COVID-safe?

Destination NSW is working with key stakeholders, including NSW Health, to deliver a COVID-safe event – more details will be available closer to the event in line with the Public Health Orders and NSW Health advice at the time.

Where is the best place to stay during Vivid Sydney?

Sydney has a wonderful range of accommodation available from small budget through to 5-star. To be close to the action in the city we would recommend you stay in The Rocks, Circular Quay, Sydney CBD, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont or North Sydney. Destination NSW’s website contains a wealth of information for you to choose your accommodation, and to find out what else is on offer in Sydney for you to enjoy during your visit.

If you’re thinking about extending your stay, why not plan a visit to regional NSW also? For inspiration, go to

Light, Music and Ideas

What is Vivid Light?

Vivid Sydney illuminates the city with glowing light installations in Sydney’s public spaces and vibrant projections veiling the city’s iconic architecture on the edge of the harbour, including Circular Quay, The Rocks, Barangaroo and Darling Harbour.

What is Vivid Music?

Vivid Music pulls back the curtain on Sydney’s unexpected soundscape of electrifying live performances with our 2021 line up. In secret spaces and famous places, fresh artists blaze bright new trails in the music world and music icons shine.

What is Vivid Ideas?

Beyond the luminous streets, Vivid Ideas hosts an array of thought-provoking talks and deep-dive discussions with some of the world’s greatest minds, innovators and creatives. Play with new ways of thinking, be curious about the ‘next’ and radically challenge your perspective.

Feedback & Involvement

How do I provide feedback?

The Vivid Sydney team welcome your constructive feedback. To do so, head to

How can I volunteer for Vivid Sydney?

Please express your interest here. By registering your interest, you consent for your personal information and any information included within your expression of interest, to be disclosed to Vivid Sydney’s Volunteer Management contractor, I Need Helpers. Please refer to Destination NSW’s privacy policy for more information available here.

How can my business become involved in Vivid Sydney?

If you are a restaurateur, bar or café owner, hotelier, retailer, entertainer, museum or gallery owner, tour provider or run a local attraction, get involved in Australia’s biggest and brightest festival with the Vivid Sydney Local Business Program.

As an artist how can I exhibit at Vivid Sydney?

Expressions of Interest for Vivid Sydney Light, Music and Ideas are currently closed. Keep an eye on the Vivid Sydney website and social media channels for updates about opportunities to be involved in the Vivid Sydney program or register your interest for 2022 here.

How can I work with Vivid Sydney?

From time to time Destination NSW does seek quotations for the supply of goods and/or services relating to Vivid Sydney for each of the contract opportunities please visit the Vivid Sydney Work With Us page. 

Contacting Vivid Sydney

How do I contact Vivid Sydney?

If you need to contact Vivid Sydney please visit our Contact Us page.