Vivid Sydney 2017

If you are visiting Sydney from now until the 17th of June, you will be treated to a spectacular festival of light, music and ideas during the return of Vivid Sydney.

Vivid Sydney is a collaboration of Australian and leading world lighting artists, designers and manufacturers, transforming Sydney with bewitching light installations creating a magical world for everyone to enjoy.


Sydney Harbour

There are many vantage points to enjoy this event and one of them is by taking a leisurely ferry ride on the harbour. For us, we took the 30 minute ferry ride from Manly to give us a panoramic view of the city as we approached Circular Quay. It didn’t disappoint, as went through the Heads, we could see glimpses of the city with powerful spotlights crisscrossing the night sky, then the Harbour Bridge in the distance, a beacon of changing colour passing Fort Dennison. The ferry turns into Circular Quay where we were met head on with a kaleidoscope of colour and images, I think the ferry was heavily listing to port as everyone filmed and photographed the Opera House.

Our picks:


Sydney Opera House

The Opera House sails were invaded by ever changing and colourful sea creatures and plant life, a totally captivating display of ideas and designs.


Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Harbour Bridge was highlighted by changing awe inspiring colours from Dawes Point to Milsons Point.


MCA – Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

The MCA – Museum of Contemporary Arts facade was illuminated by abstract art flows and wrapped the entire building, a mesmerising experience to the senses.


Cahill Expressway

Bask in multi-color, the high-rises around Circular Quay provided a spectacular harbour backdrop highlighting each and every building. Watch out for the white beams in the sky from the Overseas Passenger Terminal.



This year, we’ve noticed that at Martin Place, there were fewer exhibition spaces compared in the previous years of Vivid. One eye catching installation especially from a distance was the Waratah, the NSW floral emblem, rich red colours just like the iconic flower.


Urban Tree (CTA Building)

The Urban Tree has always captured everyone’s attention over the years of Vivid. This mushroom-shaped tree showcased an amazing projection of the ecosystem including exotic creatures crawling around the perfectly shaped building hosting this work.


Pop Up Bar in Martin Place

Treat yourself  with a bevy of food and drinks during Vivid. From top rated restaurants, bars, to independent pop ups in and around Circular Quay, Martin Place, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour and other locations, offering a Vivid inspired menu to temp everyone from an easy on the go take away, or a sit down dinner with fine wines and beers.


Porteno Restaurant

If you’re planning of visiting this year’s Vivid, it is advisable to wear comfy shoes and bring along a bottle of water. The construction of Sydney Light Rail has blocked some of the roads and no direct access to transport if you’re visiting one venue to another. You’ll also find that there are traffic controls to be followed around Circular Quay through to the Botanical Gardens. Other events such as the Music and Ideas, check out Vivid Sydney website on:

Vivid Sydney is from the 26 May to 17 June 2017 – mostly free admission except for ticketed events.

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