Vivid Sydney: What’s On Around Circular Quay?

This is an image of the New York Sunday lighting installation at Vivid Sydney
This is an image of the New York Sunday lighting installation at Vivid Sydney

When it comes to Vivid Light, Circular Quay is Sydney’s dress circle. From Lights On! (6-11pm each night), vibrant light installations and superscale 3D projections on our City’s landmarks frame picture-postcard harbour views.  

Meet up at Circular Quay under Endless Love by Michaela Gleave. This emphatic embrace of the city, her people, her visitors, her history and future is a must for selfies and group snaps.  

Just a few steps away, Customs House takes on a whole new dimension when Ken Done’s expressive artworks morph across the façade in For Sydney With Love

Head around to the Museum of Contemporary Art where giant cliffs of colour by abstract expressionist Helen Eager are set to music by Paul Mac in New York Sunday.  

From here, you’ll get an incredible view of Sydney Opera House’s illuminated Sails that are beamed worldwide in a celebration of Sydney’s cultural magnitude. This year, the Sails unfurl with Indigenous Martu artists’ and Curiious, Yarrkalpa – Hunting Ground where colourful depictions of Country connect with a soundtrack by Electric Fields and Martu Artists.

Watch how colour fields extend onto boats on the water, lighting them up for Vivid Light on Sydney Harbour

Continue around to Sydney Harbour Bridge where you won’t miss 150 searchlights beaming into the skies and ribbons of light that make up Our Connected City. This year marks Sydney Harbour Bridge’s 90th Birthday and archival images and footage of the people, places and stories behind this enduring arch are projected on her pylons throughout Vivid Sydney. The pylons are also a canvas for Sharing the Same Life Essence that celebrates our Gadigal people, their ancestry and Country.    

Nearby, Leila Jeffrey’s Temple features large-scale slow motion video of native cockatoos in a space for reflection. Projected on Unwins Stores, One Big Backyard explores the melting pot that makes Sydney so unique while the time-travelling animated characters of Crowded Cadmans come straight from the minds of artists living with disability, and Ninget Universe on the ASN Clocktower erupts from the mind of an 11 year old boy with a vibrant perspective on life.  

Between these beacons, see how many Vivid Light works you can discover through The Rocks and up to Hickson Reserve, including Crosswalk This Way, Point of View, 88 Bars, Bloom, STRYBX 2032, Equilateral, Fall, and Neon Graffiti.  

Follow the neon birds – Future Natives – to discover all the art on the Light Walk and enjoy a spot of ‘birdwatching’ en route. 

If you want to continue the buzz, stop in to Vivid Sydney Supper Club at Mary’s Underground for a nightcap and settle in for some of the best cabaret, comedy and crooners in town.  

We can’t wait to see what you love! Share your #vividsydney pics and clips on socials.   

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Endless Love

Could there be a more powerful proclamation? A more enticing invitation? A brighter beacon of acceptance? This declaration of love embraces the city of...

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For Sydney With Love

Ken Done and Sydney. A love story spanning 80 years. He is the city’s great chronicler, and she has been his most enduring muse. In this creative relationship...

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New York Sunday

Be transfixed as majestic cliffs of colour shape-shift and morph across the Museum of Contemporary Art. As a centrepiece of Vivid Sydney’s 2022 Light...

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Lighting of the Sails

Yarrkalpa - Hunting Ground, 2021 by the Martu Artists and Curiious with soundtrack by Electric Fields and Martu Artists (Inspired by Yarrkalpa...

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Our Connected City

Unite the city with light! Every day of the year, our city’s buildings stand on their own – with their own structures, identities, and street presence...

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Temple

Temple embodies the idea of nature as a sacred refuge. The natural world is a life-force, both mysterious and ever-present. It takes us out of our busy...

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One Big Backyard

This delightfully playful 3D mapped projection explores the ties that bind us – the people, the places, the stories of Sydney – in a celebration of...

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Crowded Cadmans

Artists:   Karen Kriss (Australia), Tommy Duong (Australia), Dominic Lagudi (Australia), Melissa Morrison (Australia), Peter Pang (Australia)...

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Ninget Universe

Artists: Luca French / Spinifex Group Spinifex Production Team: Jason French - Creative Director Will Skinner - Animation Director Melissa...

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Crosswalk This Way

Covid has taught us that there can be better ways of doing things. Sometimes, we need to snap out of our routines and find an alternate route. Playing...

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Point of View

A form appears on a sandstone wall as light is 'painted' onto the honey-hued rock. Rich, fluid colours appear from the darkness, revealing an artist at...

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88 Bars

For over 40 years, the Coca Cola sign on William St has been an unlikely Sydney icon. Consisting of 88 vertical neon tubes, this installation encapsulates...

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Bloom

Picture a meadow just as winter surrenders to spring. Tiny buds blossom in the sun and sway in the breeze. Whether natives or exotics they never fail to...

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STRYBX 2032

Imagine when advances in technology mean it’s finally possible to connect with people beyond our here and now. This time-travelling portal features...

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Equilateral

This futuristic installation at the Overseas Passenger Terminal features a canopy of kinetic equilateral triangles. In unison, they create an amazing...

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Fall

In a that oscillates between droughts and flooding rains, water consciousness and reducing our environmental impact are critical. Whether rain feels...

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Neon Graffiti: Still Here

The writing is on the wall… Equal parts affirmation and intention, the statement is emphatic. Ngulli yahnbai gulli bahn! [We are still here now!]. It...

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Future Natives

Follow the Vivid flock along the Light Walk where you’ll spot stylised light sculptures resembling our native birds. This ‘birdwatching’ adventure...

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Vivid Sydney Supper Club

Round out your Light Walk experience with the ultimate night cap at the all new Vivid Sydney Supper Club. From 9.30pm ‘til late on Friday and Saturday...

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