Vivid Sydney

Sydney shines during winter each year when Vivid Sydney warms up the city with a celebration of light, music and ideas. The heart of Sydney comes to life with a program featuring hundreds of artists, creators and innovators from around the globe. Don't miss this world-famous festival of creativity from May to June.

Mathemagical illuminates the Sydney Opera House during Vivid Sydney 2018. Artist: Jonathan Zawada
Views of Harbour Lights installations on marine vessels moving across Sydney Harbour, Vivid Sydney

Vivid Light takes you to another world, with shadows that spring into colour and building facades that reveal a hidden world of magic. The city transforms into a night time wonderland through large-scale illuminations, laser light shows and 3D-mapped projections.

The night begins with the Lighting of the Sails of the Sydney Opera House. Follow the series of interactive and immersive light art sculptures and installation trails through the spectacular waterside precincts of the Royal Botanic Garden, Darling Harbour and Barangaroo. Visit The Rocks to see the spectacular display on the Museum of Contemporary Art and great installations for families and children.

Family enjoying a close-up view of the 1000 Cranes light installation at First Fleet Park, The Rocks during Vivid Sydney 2018

Enjoy the brilliant spectacle from the comfort of a harbour ferry or cruise vessel. The many cruise vessels and ferries that travel around the harbour will be decorated with brilliant lights that change colour as they enter the different Vivid Sydney precincts.

Vivid Music features an impressive line-up of international and Australian talent, performing on iconic stages as well as smaller music venues located throughout the inner city. Vivid Ideas is a stimulating program of public talks, workshops and forums examining topics that range from the design of our cities to practical tools for creatives.

The full program of events for Vivid Sydney 2020 will be available soon. For more information, visit

Vivid Sydney

Experience the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere at Vivid Sydney, from 24 May – 15 June 2019.

Click here for your complete guide on light installation precincts, live show hot spots and game-changing idea seminars. Start planning your visit now!

Vivid 2018 Highlight Video