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Bucket list experience:

Last updated: 29 May, 2023
Expert travel writer: Mark Chipperfield

For three weeks every year, Sydney forgets about the cost of electricity and saturates the skyline in coloured light.  Billed as a festival of ‘light, music and ideas’, this free festival attracts some of the world’s greatest digital studios. Installations range from multicoloured 3D light shows to spectacular laser beam action and giant neon-lit sculptures.

Although most of the action takes place around Circular Quay and the Opera House, festival-goers will find pop-up installations at Darling Harbour, Royal Botanic Garden, Barangaroo and suburban Chatswood. Check the Vivid website for a list of attractions, events and locations.

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 4+
Frequency: annually
When: May- June
Duration: 3 weeks

Getting there & doing it

While new venues are constantly being added or deleted, much of the action takes place around Circular Quay, The Rocks and the Sydney Opera House. The exact locations change every year. Just wander around and enjoy the show. Access to all events, talks and musical performances is free.

When to do it

Vivid Sydney is an annual event held from the last week of May to the second week of June. It’s a night-time event featuring astonishing cutting-edge light installations. Come after dark.

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