Experience Vivid Sydney in 2018

This year, Vivid Sydney is celebrating 10 years of creativity, spanning across 23 days. Encompassing light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney is bringing the Harbour City to life from late May. We’re here to help you start planning your 2018 experience now…  



Owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, Vivid Sydney is the largest festival of its kind in the world. Transforming the Harbour foreshore and Sydney’s architecture and precincts into a colourful creative canvas from 6pm each night, Vivid Light showcases technical innovation, interactivity and the incredibly powerful aesthetics of light.

Bringing together elements such as 360-degree projections, large-scale light art installations and virtual reality, the Festival illuminates parts of the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Royal Botanical Gardens, Darling Harbour, Luna Park, Kings Cross, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Taronga Zoo – making it perfect for families to enjoy across the city.

The involvement of leading artists from around the world, alongside highlights such as the 2km stretch of light sculptures around the harbour and site-specific artwork by Australia artist Jonathan Zawada, makes it easy to understand why Vivid Sydney is continually setting the benchmark for world class events – centred around creativity and innovation. This year, Zawada will be transforming the Sydney Opera House sails into a series of kinetic digital sculptures as part of the 10th Anniversary of Vivid Sydney.

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It’s no doubt Vivid Music plays an integral part as a major drawcard for people to experience local and international acts performing at various venues in Sydney. The cutting-edge contemporary music program features collaborations and performances at Carriageworks at Eveleigh, Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House and X|Celerate across renowned inner city venues.

X|Celerate is a collaboration between Vivid Sydney and the City of Sydney, which showcases both proven and emerging local music talent at venues across the inner city. One of the Festival highlights is Heaps Gay Qween’s Ball at Sydney Town Hall, while a collaboration with ‘Vivid After Hours’ at the Art Gallery of NSW combines three Vivid Ideas talks with music from Haiku Hands, Air Land Sea & Goldheist.

Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House sees well-known artists such as Solange, Ice Cube, Mazzy Star, Dreams (Daniel Johns & Luke Steele) and Cat Power all performing in the 2018 program, while Carriageworks is set to feature Grammy Award-winner St. Vincent, Curve Ball & Clipped – Music Video Festival.

If Jazz is more your thing, City Recital Hall will be hosting the Innovators In Jazz series, so be sure to make an appearance there to catch musicians such as Branford Marsallis Quartet, Kurt Elling, Madeleine Peyroux and Lea DeLaria.

Image credit: Anna Warr



Described as the creative hub of the Asia Pacific and a major celebration of the creative industries, Vivid Ideas offers creative ideas, public talks, industry seminars, conferences, workshops and debate, to foster business connections, collaboration and to showcase new ideas.

The ideas element of the Festival focuses on driving the creative agenda across tech, design, entertainment and culture. Hear from leading thinkers, learn new skills and join the debates at Vivid Ideas.

Must-see highlights for this year include film director James Cameron delving into his scientific endeavours and artistic enterprise, a journey through the Deus ex Machina empire with founder Dare Jennings and the opportunity to gamify real life and examine the consequences of Artificial Intelligence when American game designer and author, Jane McGonigal, meets Kriti Sharma; leading Artificial Intelligence technologist.

Image credit: Destination NSW 

Book flights to Sydney with Virgin Australia on our website here to make Vivid Sydney your cultural playground from late May.

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