Vivid Sydney – a festival through May and June

If you’re visiting Australia during the end of May, you may be interested in the Vivid Sydney festival which takes place until 9 June 2014. It’s a festival of light and music, which sees the city transformed by colourful displays and performances.

The festival has taken place in the city since 2009 and is mostly free, with many of the displays of light taking place every evening throughout the festival.

Highlights include the Lighting of the Sails, which projects artwork onto the Sydney Opera House, and Harbour Lights, which sees boats and ships lit up on the harbour, changing colour by geo positioning technology. Plus, you can create your own light show at the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge via a touchscreen at Luna Park which enables your to control the LED lights adorned over the bridge.

Aside from the light shows, the Sydney Film Festival takes place during Vivid Sydney, while the Darling Harbour is transformed with a water theatre which has shows by the French company Aquatique Show. There’s also music and performances at the Museum of Sydney, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Carriageworks and other key venues around the city.

There’s also a section of the festival called Vivid Ideas, which sees workshops and sessions from members of the creative industry.

Many of the events are free, though some specific music performances have an admission charge. For full details of the schedule and to plan your visit, go to Vivid Sydney’s website at

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