Sydney Opera House

Short description

The Sydney Opera House is a World Heritage-listed ‘masterpiece of human creative genius’ that belongs to all Australians.

Bennelong Point
Sydney NSW 2000

It is the nation’s premier tourism destination, a world-class performing arts centre and celebrated community meeting place, welcoming 10.9 million visitors to the site in 2019, including more than 2.1 million performance and tours patrons. Situated on Bennelong Point, formerly known as Tubowgule, the site has been a place of gathering, celebration, ceremony and belonging for the local Gadigal people for tens of thousands of years. 

During Vivid Sydney, the Sydney Opera House takes centre stage. The iconic sails become one of the festival’s brightest canvasses lighting up each night with a captivating signature work. In 2022, Yarrkalpa - Hunting Ground, 2021 by the Martu Artists and Curiious (inspired by Yarrkalpa – Always Walking Country 2014) will transform the Sydney Opera House sails, bringing to life the Parnngurr community and its surrounding landscape, with an accompanying soundtrack by Electric Fields featuring the vocals of the Martu Artists.

Inside, Vivid LIVE invites music lovers to return to the world-class venue for a transformative program of live contemporary music as it reignites the city. The line-up features world premieres, one-off projects and unmissable performances from outstanding Australian artists alongside select international acts, emerging voices and Sydney’s vibrant local communities who reflect the city’s inimitable contemporary culture.

How to get there: Catch a train, bus, ferry or the light rail to Circular Quay and take the short walk along the shore.


This is an image of Yarrkalpa projected on to the sails of the Sydney Opera House as part of Vivid Sydney

Light Events


Produced by Sydney Opera House with Magabala Books and Google Creative Lab as part of Vivid LIVE 2022 TRACES is an interactive voice-to-art installation...

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This is an image of the Traces installation at Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House
Location: Sydney Opera House Price: Free

Music Events

Tangents & GODTET | Vivid LIVE

Settle in for an incredible night of free floating new jazz, cutting-edge beats and eclectic musical improv as two of Australia’s most exciting and progressive...

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Tangents & GODTET
Location: Sydney Opera House Price: From: $29.00

Georgia Maq (Camp Cope) | Vivid LIVE

As the leader of Melbourne's DIY punk trio Camp Cope, singer and guitarist Georgia Maq became something of a local hero, calling out music industry sexism...

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Georgia Maq (Camp Cope)
Location: Sydney Opera House Price: From: $34.00

Low Life | Vivid LIVE

Following on from their bruising set for the Sydney Opera House Digital Season, Sydney’s cult post-punk heroes Low Life are back to make their very first...

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Low Life
Location: Sydney Opera House Price: From: $29.00

RVG | Vivid LIVE

Led by the evocative howl of singer-songwriter Romy Vager, Melbourne post-punks RVG have quickly become a force to be reckoned with. Their scrappy, buzzy...

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Location: Sydney Opera House Price: From: $34.00