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Things To See At Vivid Sydney

written by Webjet Australia May 8, 2017

Vivid Sydney is a festival of light, music and ideas that features huge light installations and projections, amazing music performances and collaborations alongside creative ideas, debate and discussion. Now in its ninth year, Vivid Sydney 2017 has announced an extensive program of events sure to mesmerise, dazzle and surprise.

Check out some of the best things to see at Vivid Sydney below and start planning your itinerary!

Lights for the Wild Taronga Zoo

Where? Taronga Zoo, Mosman

Held at Taronga Zoo, Lights for the Wild showcases amazing animal light sculptures, each with a fascinating story to tell about conservation. This year, the light show will be even bigger as you become part of the story in a fully interactive and immersive event. The huge multimedia sculptures will wow guests inside the zoo grounds each evening throughout Vivid Sydney. Look out for limited release Blue Pass tickets for a wild trip on the zoo’s Sky Safari cable car experience. See the lights of Vivid Sydney from above and get a totally unique look at the famous zoo.


Where? Loftus Street, Sydney
ArtistPeter Thompson and Reuben Young

Tidal is a Vivid Light installation that illustrates Sydney’s evolution from its early beginnings to the present day. Created by artists Peter Thompson and Reuben Young, the 3D installation weaves sound and light above the streets of Sydney to show the dramatic transformation of the city. Using audio samples and immersive lights, Tidal narrates the story of the city, including the construction of the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney during Vivid Sydney 2012

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia during Vivid Sydney 2012. Image Credit: Kazuhisa Togo / CC by 2.0.

Vivid Light at the Royal Botanic Gardens

Where? The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens will be one of the main precincts at Vivid Sydney 2017 with a lineup of exciting and innovative events. A host of light installations are set to make the gardens their home, the first of which will be the glimmering Electric Forest. Other installations include You Lookin’ At Me? (five huge staring eyeballs scattered across the grass), Birds of Lumos (large illuminated kiwi birds), The Sunflowers (a collection of tall solar-powered flowers), and more.


Where? The Rocks, Sydney
ArtistKit Webster

Designed by artist Kit Webster, AXIOM seeks to challenge convention by drawing together light, music, geometrics, animation and space together to remove the barriers between what is ‘illumination’ and what is ‘form.’ The light sculpture will be on at The Rocks throughout the festival and promises to be a true aesthetic and sensory experience.

Intrude by Amanda Parer at Vivid Sydney 2014

Intrude by Amanda Parer at Vivid Sydney 2014. Image Credit: Mixy Lorenzo / CC by 2.0.


Where? Museum of Sydney, Sydney
ArtistThi Nguyen

Sirius is a Vivid Light installation that represents the brightest star in our sky. Sirius is two times bigger than our sun and 25 times brighter. Showing at the Museum of Sydney, artist Thi Nguyen’s depiction of the ancient star is that of a chaotic energy source with abstract lines of light travelling back and forth.

Vivid Sydney Music

Where? Numerous venues across Sydney

Sydney is set to come alive with music as part of Vivid Sydney 2017. Vivid Music will play host to a variety of music and live performances across the city, spanning 134 events in over 30 venues across the city. The Sydney Opera House is set to hold the biggest music events of the festival, with performances from homegrown musical talents and international stars. The lineup includes American folk band Fleet Foxes, English indie songstress Laura Marling, French electro duo AIR, much-hyped vocalist Sampha and many more.

Sydney Opera House during Vivid Sydney 2013

Sydney Opera House during Vivid Sydney 2013. Image Credit: Adam.J.W.C / CC by SA 2.5.

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