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Vivid Sydney 2019 – Everything you need to know about Vivid Sydney this year!


See Sydney in all its splendour, as the city transforms into a spectacle of innovation, technology, arts and ideas.

Marvel at the large-scale projections around the city, surf the soundwaves and spark the matchstick of ideas and intelligent conversation. The annual Vivid Sydney festival allows the Sydney skyline to unlock its quintessential charm thereby transforming it into an artist’s canvas of vibrant hues.

Vivid Sydney is essentially segmented into three parts Lights, Music and Ideas, with international and local pioneers in the respective fields preparing to wow Sydney from 24th May to 15th June 2019. Well into its 11th year, the expectations are mounting and with the lineup, it’ll be no trouble exceeding them. So better book your entry passes and Vivid Sydney cruise tickets in advance, before they are all sold out!

Vivid Sydney 2019 - Everything you need to know about Vivid Sydney this year!

Vivid LIGHTS must-see installations and projections

Austral Floral Ballet


Sydney Opera House


The Lighting of the Sails of the Sydney Opera House is the highlight of this years’ display. The Austral Floral Ballet is the brainchild of Chinese-American artist & filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang and is a visually stimulating marriage of botany, contemporary dance (dancer Genna Moroni and choreographer Toogie Barcelo) and motion-capture technology (animation design team Bemo). The resulting display works the dynamic framework of the Sydney Opera House sails to create a magical ‘ballet’ of psychedelic floral deities coming alive with human movement.


The best way to view this nightly display would be on a Vivid Sydney dinner cruise for an unsurpassable view minus the crowds thronging the harbour to witness Australia’s most-loved festival.

Under The Harbour


Customs House


Delve into the depths of the beguiling Sydney Harbour! Confused? The creative vision of Spinifex Group breathes life on to the historic façade of the Customs House. The demiurgic picturisation of underwater creatures and innovative storytelling makes this a fantastical escape to the deeper seas.


This is one of the spots you shouldn’t miss on your Vivid Light Walk.

Lights For The Wild


Taronga Zoo (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) starting at 5:30pm and 7:30 pm


Take a stroll in a jungle with a scintillating dynamic animal projection show. Come face-to-face with the ferocious Sumatran Tiger and her cubs, wise marine turtles, swarms of busy bees and a pack of gorgeous gorillas!


Purchase tickets beforehand to ensure a spot!



The Rocks


Find Nemo and relive Toy Story with a visual escapade showing the creative process behind the making of an animated film. ‘Pixar: 30 years of Art & Animation’ showcases the brilliance, process and the emotion behind the making of the unique storytelling masterpieces by the animation studios. Also get a sneak-peek into a few stills from the fourth installment of the Toy Story!


Head on over to The Rocks precinct and immerse yourself into the story behind animated filmmaking!


Catalysing the live music scene in the city of Sydney, Vivid MUSIC brings British alt-rock pioneers The Cure and electronic music trailblazers Underworld to headline Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House! Listen to music from talented established musicians and emerging artists across musical genres at locales spread over the city!


Attend hand-on and informative workshops across industries over the 23-day duration. Gamechangers include Spike Lee and Esther Perel. Filmmaker Spike Lee speaks on films, politics and race from his 40-years of experience in the industry. Esther Perel uses her background as a psychotherapist to analyse modern love in the digital age.

A word to the wise: The best of the Vivid attractions can be seen around the harbour and there’s no better way to do this than a Vivid Sydney dinner cruise! With numerous choices, pick and book yours today!

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