Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Vivid Sydney has been rescheduled to 17 September to 9 October 2021.

We know everyone wants to see Sydney shining brightly so, in the interest of public health and safety, we are moving Vivid Sydney to a later date. It will take a little time to work through all the details – thank you for your patience while we recharge and power up for a spectacular COVID-safe celebration of creativity and innovation this Spring.

Keep an eye on the Vivid Sydney social media channels or MyVivid emails for more information.

Hope to see you in Sydney soon!

Covid-19 FAQs

Why is the NSW Government rescheduling Vivid Sydney 2021?

The NSW Government made this decision to reschedule Vivid Sydney to 17 September to 9 October 2021 in the interest of community health and safety.

Will the current COVID-19 outbreak be under control by the rescheduled dates?

The COVID-19 situation is evolving. Destination NSW will continue liaising with authorities including NSW Health about the safe delivery of the event in September and October, and Vivid Sydney 2021 will proceed if it is safe to do so.

Will attendees get a refund on travel expenses?

There are lots of experiences and sights to enjoy in Sydney and NSW year-round - for inspiration go to Sydney.com and VisitNSW.com. Visitors looking to postpone or cancel their trip should contact their travel provider directly.

Will ticketholders get a refund for Vivid Ideas/Vivid Music events?

Full details of the revised Vivid Sydney 2021 program will be available in coming weeks as venues and event owners finalise logistics.

Ticketholders will be able to transfer their ticket to the new event date, or request a refund via the relevant ticketing provider.

When will we know what events are going ahead as part of Vivid Sydney 2021?

It will take a little time to work through all of the details – thank you for your patience while we recharge and power up for a spectacular COVID-safe celebration of creativity and innovation this Spring.

Will Vivid Sydney be COVID-safe?

Vivid Sydney is working with key stakeholders, including NSW Health, to deliver a COVID-safe event in line with the Public Health Orders and NSW Health advice at the time.

Each event in the Vivid Sydney program and the Vivid Light Walk will have a COVID-safe plan. In the case of the Vivid Light Walk, this will be developed in consultation with NSW Health.

COVID-safety measures on the Vivid Light Walk will include:

  • Over 50 Service NSW check-in QR codes across the footprint of the Light Walk in Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and Barangaroo. These will be printed and displayed in key vantage points at a large size, allowing for scanning at distance (up to 20m)
  • Some sections of the Light Walk will be managed through one-way pedestrian flow to keep pedestrians moving and reduce potential congestion
  • COVID marshals throughout the Light Walk to assist visitors
  • World-class technology to inform real-time pedestrian management on the footprint – visitors are asked to observe instructions from marshals and volunteers, and pay attention to the variable message signs, which will be regularly updated to maintain a COVID-safe capacity on the Light Walk
  • Hand sanitation stations throughout the Light Walk
  • Touchless digital information kiosks positioned throughout the Light Walk will assist visitors with Service NSW check-ins, an interactive Light Walk map, an accessibility map and other key festival information
  • Immersive and interactive installations through non-touch controls such as voice and movement. Volunteers at interactive installations will guide visitors through the experience

Frequently cleaning and sanitising facilities throughout the Light Walk.
 

Will masks be mandatory at Vivid Sydney?

All visitors to Vivid Sydney must follow the relevant Public Health Order at the time of the event, and requirements may vary between indoor events and outdoor activities including the Vivid Light Walk.

For the latest NSW Health advice and requirements under the Public Health Order, please visit NSW.gov.au/COVID-19.

Please observe specific venue requirements when attending Vivid Sydney events.

 

General

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 has been rescheduled to 17 September to 9 October 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.

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YouTube

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 Sydney.com 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 VisitNSW.com.

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 vividsydney.com/contact-us

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.