Vivid Sydney Lights Up The City For Australia's Brightest Festival

Vivid Sydney sparkled on Friday night for the thousands in attendance.

What you need to know
  • Festival runs from Friday May 25 to Saturday June 16.
  • Attractions spread out over nine locations across the city.
  • Events for all ages and budgets.

Thousands of Vivid fans flocked to Circular Quay in Sydney last night to witness the dazzling moment when the iconic light show kicked off.

Now in it's 10th year the 23-day festival got underway Friday night, delighting thousands on the foreshore. Some 2.33 million people expected to attend until Saturday 16 June, adding $143 million to the State economy.

As always, the festival will showcase the beauty of Sydney with attractions found in Barangaroo, Circular Quay, Chatwood, Darling Harbour, Kings Cross, Luna Park, The Rocks, Taronga Zoo and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

The Free Light Walk around Sydney. Image: Vivid Sydney
So what are the coolest things to see at Vivid this year?

Circular Quay and the Botanic Gardens will once again be the epicentre for the Vivid Lights show, with the Harbour Bridge and Opera House focal points for the viewers along the foreshore.

Taronga Zoo will play host to 290 LED-lit sculptures, all inspired by the zoo's commitment to Australian and Sumatran endangered species.

Chatswood will showcase Lightscape combining art, light and food to take audiences on a sensory journey through time.

And as part of MasterChef Australia's 10th birthday celebrations, this year you can catch the Mystery Gateau birthday cake light installation, which will be projected onto the historic  ASN Co Building in The Rocks by the Harbour.

But it's not all light installations and projections, Vivid Music and Vivid Ideas are adding a new dimension to the festival, with free attractions and ticketed shows for all ages.

West Coast rapper Ice Cube will be opening the festivities, with four exclusive shows beginning on Friday at the Opera House. Indie Fold star Sam Beam -- known as Iron & Wine -- will be occupying the Joan Sutherland Theatre throughout the festival while the electro-pop duo Daniel Johns and Luke Steele will also be premiering their new show.

Semi-Permanent will run for three days at the Carriageworks, and take audiences a journey of pioneering and transforming design, with a line-up featuring famed Nike sneaker designer Tinker Hatfield and New York graphic designer Paula Scher.

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