As summer fades into winter, the Vivid Light Festival illuminates Sydney with colour and creativity, attracting the best creative minds in the world. Art, music, technology and creativity meet at the crossroads to create Vivid Sydney – one of the most explosive events organised in Sydney.
The year 2016 saw Vivid Sydney expand into new precincts including the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Taronga Zoo, and present over 190 Music and 180 Ideas events. The festival was extended from 18 nights to 23 nights, driving the visitor spend to $110 million, which is up 75% compared to the previous year's figures.
This year as well, Vivid Sydney 2017 will be held for 23 days from Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June, promising bigger and better celebrations.
The Vivid Lights Festival cruises on Sydney Harbour give you the exclusive opportunity to enjoy Vivid’s most extravagant spectacle – the light projections on the Opera House sails. You also get to see the interactive light display that paints the Harbour Bridge with a riot of colours and patterns. Be there on a Vivid Sydney Cruise, to enjoy the Vivid Aquatique at Darling Harbour, the dancing flames at Campbell’s Cove and the dazzling light installations at Circular Quay and other Vivid precincts.
Depending on your budget, you could choose to do a Vivid Sydney Lights dinner cruise with drinks, a dinner cruise with show or simply enjoy a cruise around the harbour taking in the dazzling Vivid Lights, inclusive of complimentary drinks!
VIVID LIGHTS 2016
Paying tribute to imagination and ingenuity, Vivid Sydney 2016 tested the boundaries of creativity through breathtaking light installations, sensational music events and the exchange of path-breaking ideas at various creative forums.
Every single light installation drew inspiration from a social, environmental or technological theme and attracted millions of visitors and passers-by over two weeks! Here are a few highlights…
Lighting the Sails Song lines: Opera House
The Lighting of the Sails this year celebrated the First Nations’ spirituality and culture featuring an animated canvas of contemporary Australian indigenous art created by six artists from different clans and territories. This visual tapestry wove a mesmerising story through personal journeys, interconnected history and old trade routes.
I Love You: Circular Quay
This giant illuminated heart-shaped ‘Love-O-Meter’ put up near Circular Quay called on couples to publicly declare their love by shouting out ‘I LOVE YOU’ in unison, at the top of their voices, to fill the giant heart with as much light that measured how much they loved each other! This deliberately kitsch but fun idea brought out shameless displays of love, silliness and romance.
Harbour Lights: Sydney Harbour
Harbour vessels operated by the Australian Cruise Group, Oz Jet Boating, Sensational Sydney Cruises and Sydney’s First Fleet Ferries among others cruised through a spectrum of brilliant LED lights creating a visual spectacle on the harbour waters.
Fountain: Martin Place
The Fountain was a breathtaking dynamic sculpture that symbolically represented the global birth rate as ‘human water droplets’. These human forms made of water shot out of the Fountain’s water jets, floated to the ground, landed on their feet and walked away, depicting the cycle of life!
The Matter of Painting: The Rocks
Changing the façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), artists created the illusion of a constantly morphing sculptural dimension. Visitors were stumped by the perception of the solid façade that appeared as though it was being carved, painted, cut and brushed.
Drone 100: Sydney Opera House
Intel’s unique drone performance Drone 100 made a public appearance at Vivid Sydney 2016. Five Vivid nights from 8-12 June, saw 100 illuminated drones performing a breathtakingly beautiful routine over Sydney Harbour, choreographed to music by the Sydney Youth Orchestra.
Flying in dynamic formation, the drones showcased different shapes and colours to display a strikingly unique animation custom-designed for the Vivid Sydney 2016 performance.
Be the Light for the Wild: Taronga Zoo
Celebrating its centenary in 2016, Vivid’s wildest precinct Taronga Zoo came alive with an illuminated trail of giant animal light sculptures featuring ten critical species that Taronga is committed to preserving and protecting. These species range from the huge Asian elephant down to the little colourful Corroboree frogs.
Cathedral of Light: The Royal Botanic Garden Society
Cathedral of Light was designed to be experienced both from the inside, as well as the outside. From the outside, it looked like a solid shape of bright light radiating soft light from all angles. The brilliance inside the cathedral came not from a single source, but from thousands of tiny globes drawing a parallel to the congregation that comes together as a unified whole in church!