All of the lights: What to see and do at Vivid this year
What is Vivid Sydney?
Vivid is Sydney’s annual festival of lights, music and ideas. Historic sights are lit up in colour, including the Sydney Opera House, Customs House and Taronga Zoo Sydney. The event attracts more than 2.3 million visitors a year and it includes big-ticket music performances, creative conferences, talks and workshops.
Vivid lights on: 6pm to 11pm nightly
When: 24th May to 15th June 2019
Where: Sydney NSW
Set foot on the Vivid Light walk at Vivid Light
Every year, hundreds of proposals for light works are entered and the selected works represent a new breed of artistic innovators. This year’s Light Walk curates over 50 radiant works into the largest outdoor gallery of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
Enjoy the sights and installations up close and personal on foot at Vivid’s Light walk. The route extends for more than 3 kilometres and the Light Walk wraps around the harbour front, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Luna Park Sydney, Chatswood and Taronga Zoo. With so much to see, it’s worth planning multiple visits with lots of pit stops.
Visitors are encouraged to ‘choose their own adventure’ with the abundance of close-by eateries, watering holes and break-away spaces making it possible to relax and enjoy the spectacle from multiple vantage points across the city.
Think outside the box with Vivid Ideas
Vivid Ideas brings together leading thinkers, creators and innovators to share their insights across tech, design, entertainment and culture.
Vivid Ideas takes shape over 23 days and nights of future-facing talks, hands-on workshops and industry shaping forums.
If you want to be inspired and learn something new, join one of the many workshops, industry forums and business talks on offer. Whether you are interested in storytelling, podcasting, design and technology, health and wellness, fashion, design, music and art – there is a session for you. Engage with new ways of thinking and get inspired to try a new way of being.
Hear some fresh beats at a Vivid Performance with Vivid Music
Discover emerging talent and revisit proven music talent. Enjoy a multitude of music genres in your favourite venues across the city. Featured artists include Maggie Rogers, Underworld, FKA Twigs and the warehouse party Curveball which transforms Carriageworks into an immersive sonic and visual extravaganza complete with super-scale art installations.
See things from a different perspective
Experience the highlights from the top of the Sydney Harbour bridge. Vivid is back with an illuminated dancefloor in the sky. Dance the night away on top of the bridge to upbeat dance tunes while taking in the brilliant 360 degree views of the city lights from the sky. Climbers wear a special flashing Vivid vest and can experience the display of light sculptures, installations and grand-scale projections from the bridge.
If you like your meals serviced with a healthy serving of postcard-perfect views, there’s a string of Sydney restaurants which fit the bill. Treat yourself to one of these restaurants and it’ll be a sight you won’t forget.
Bennelong: Showcases the flavor, diversity and quality of Australian produce within the sails of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings; the Sydney Opera House. Choose from an à la carte, Cured & Cultured menu or the Bennelong bar menu. They also offer pre-theatre and supper dining options with offerings like ‘suckling pig sausage roll with black garlic’ and ‘red claw yabbies’ with lemon jam, cultured cream and buckwheat pikelets’.
Aria: Offers a uniquely Australian composition of fine, local ingredients, seasonal produce and wine harmonized in a sweeping dining room with Australia’s finest views. The menu features items like ‘squab, foie gras, burnt onion and hibiscus’ and ‘snapper, leek, kohlrabi, sea greens and finger lime’
Quay: Delves into rare and beautiful ingredients where texture, flavor and harmony is the focus. The restaurant features panoramic views which encompass the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Menu offerings include ‘hand harvested seafood with vrgin soy, seaweed, aged vinegar’ and ‘steamed mud crab custard with lotus seeds’
What adventure will you choose at this year’s Vivid?
The full list of events can be found at https://www.vividsydney.com/events