If you’re heading to Sydney in the next few weeks, it’ll be impossible to not see or hear VIVID Sydney between 27th May and 18th June. The annual return of lights, music and idea will be in full force and you’ll be hard pressed to find a city with such an incredibly inspiring series of installations as ours.
The outdoor gallery of sensational lighting sculptures, contemporary music and the mouth gaping illuminated Sydney Opera House sails is going to be even more mind boggling than prior years.
Attracting now over 1.7 million visitors from around the globe, you can expect to view lights music and ideas coming from all angles around NSW. From installations such as ‘Is Data Killing Creativity’ to Robowars Sydney, the Creative Achievement Awards and Sculpture by the Sea, your brain will be in high gear from these ‘ideas’ presentations.
Then there’s the music category. With the VIVID Lounge at MCA to Purple Sneakers 10th Birthday, Soul of Sydney, Freda’s Tribute to the incredible Sade and Bjork Digital. Hover over each of the events on the website and you’ll see the location, price, starting times and dates. The site is so easy to navigate and you can also add ‘wish list’ events you’re tagging to attend, creating a jam packed calendar.
A huge visual favourite is the ‘light’ elements of VIVID, the effects that cause cell camera overload. This year, you can expect to gape at the Mountain of Light at Martin Place, The Sound Bubble at Circular Quay, Lightshows 60s to Now at The Rocks and the most popular Harbour Lights at the Opera House. Also check out a widely hyped installation we’re really excited about: The Cathedral of Lights at the Royal Botanic Garden, alongside the Rainbow Dancers at the same location. Most of the light installations are free but a paid $11.95 rate for ‘Be The Light For The Wild’ will be taking place at Taronga Zoo and knowing the Zoo so well, it’s bound to be worth every penny.
With 378 speakers lined up in various precincts, you’d think navigating nearly 2 million visitors would be a logistical nightmare. This is a drop in the planning bucket for the VIVID team – they have you fully covered. From trains to buses, light rail, by car, on foot and ferry, just click the ‘transportation’ tab on the website and you’re hooked up to a full routing schedule, including extra public transport laid out with thanks to the city.
Want to know the most spectacular viewing spots? It’s at Cremorne Point. Our hotel, Cremorne Point Manor, has the best views of downtown Sydney so grab that glass of vino, take the weight off your feet on our balcony and wow over how stunning the skyline looks. Our spot is one of the city’s most sought after and with a Certificate of Excellence for the 5th consecutive year by Tripadvisor, our gem of a geographical landmark is a huge attraction. We’ll see you in May & June for ideas, music and lights!