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

The Sydney Opera House is the symbol of modern Australia. It is one of the world’s busiest performing arts centres, the nation’s premier tourism destination and an architectural masterpiece of the 20th century. A global beacon for creativity, it is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and its social value has been estimated by Deloitte at $11.4 billion. After five decades of storytelling, the Sydney Opera House has never been more connected to the Australian experience.

During Vivid Sydney, the Sydney Opera House’s iconic sails become one of the festival’s brightest canvasses, lighting up each night with a captivating signature work. The Lighting of the Sails is co-curated by the Sydney Opera House and Destination NSW and is one of their most significant free events.

Under the sails, Vivid LIVE is the annual centrepiece of the Sydney Opera House’s year-round contemporary music program and forms part of Vivid Sydney's Music program – a whole-of-House takeover and the only time of year the world-famous venue is completely reimagined by live contemporary music, celebrating cutting-edge and iconic artists that defy expectations and break new ground.

Curated for the ninth time by the Sydney Opera House’s Head of Contemporary Music, Ben Marshall, Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House will present Australian premieres, exclusives and unmissable performances from a diverse line-up of global acts, beloved locals and emerging voices that amplify our nation’s rich tapestry of culture and ignite the spirit of music lovers, far and wide. To find out more about Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House, please visit

Thundercat Performing at Vivid LIVE 2023