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Vivid Sydney 2024, New South Wales

24 May - 15 June

Vivid Sydney will light up the city's opera house and surrounding harbour area from 24 May to 15 June.

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Regarded as the biggest light, music and ideas festival in the South, Vivid Sydney will light up the city’s opera house and surrounding harbour area from 24 May to 15 June, 2024. More than three million people attended Vivid Sydney 2023.

Vivid is Australia‘s most beloved and awarded festival. The theme for this year’s festival is Humanity.

“Humanity is at the core of everything we do, and this year Vivid Sydney is diving deep into what makes us uniquely human,” Gill Minervini Festival Director said. “We have curated a diverse program that explores the human spirit, designed to foster connections, spark imagination and showcase the multitude of ways creativity enriches our lives. Everyone is invited to be part of this global event in the world’s most beautiful city to connect, create and celebrate.” If you are also interested in playing pokies, click here: pokies near me.

Vivid Sydney 2024

The festival consists of four pillars: Vivid Light, Vivid Music, Vivid Ideas and Vivid Food.

Vivid Light

This programme will have large-scale projections, interactive art and immersive experiences. Highlights include a 40km stretch of rainbow lasers from the Sydney Tower, and a universal symbol of hope from artist Yvette Mattern. Other artists featured include Julia Gutman, Guan Wei, Reg Mombassa and Leila Jeffreys.

Vivid Music
Vivid Music

There will be a programme of live music across the city. This includes Tumbalong Nights, a free programme of performances by Budjerah, grentperez and Mallrat. The Machine Hall Precinct will feature No Fixed Address, Deerhoof and Jen Cloher.

Vivid Ideas

Part of the ideology of the festival is to spark new ways to imaging ideas. Engage in After The Fact is a nightly discussion of current affairs. Window Dressing allows you to peek through another person’s window, while A THOUSAND WAYS: An Encounter aims at forging connections between total strangers. There will also be immersive art and dance from Shifting Perspectives, and film screenings and talks at Golden Age Cinema.

Vivid Food

Couple warms up at Vivid Fire Kitchen, Vivid Sydney 2023. Vivid Fire Kitchen brings together Sydney's hottest dining concepts with local and internationally-acclaimed pitmasters and a collection of the finest NSW producers, curated drinks and fire-inspired cocktails for three weeks of flame-fuelled festivities
Couple warms up at Vivid Fire Kitchen, Vivid Sydney 2023.

Finally, discover the variety of food in Sydney and New South Wales through projects such as Vivid Fire Kitchen at The Goods Line. Danielle Alvarez will showcase the role of women in Australia’s food through A Culinary Canvas, and Plates with Purpose will provide a taste of the food of Ukraine. You can also follow the VividPlace Food Trail featuring some of the best chefs in Sydney or sample cocktails at Aurorae at Bennelong Bar.

When Is Vivid Sydney 2024?

The Vivid Sydney dates are from 24 May to 15 June 2024.

Vivid Sydney
A Thousand Ways, credit Maria Baranova @photobybaranova

Where Is Vivid Sydney 2024?

The major festival is held across the New South Wales capital at venues include Circular Quay, NSW State Library, Walsh Bay, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, The Rocks and of course the Sydney Opera House.

Vivid Sydney 2024 Tickets

Tickets will go on sale from 11 March. The organisers also have deals with partners on accommodation and activities which you can find here.

Vivid Sydney Drone Show

To get you in the mood here is the Vivid Sydney 2023 Drone Show Written in the Stars:

Things To Do in Sydney and NSW

Sydney is a wonderful destination in itself. Discover the 13 Fun Things To Do in Sydney. Alternatively, if you are looking for ideas on what to do elsewhere in New South Wales, click here.

More Information

To keep up to date with the programme, click here. To discover about their sustainability commitments, click here.

Cover image: Christine Anu FLOWER CROWN. All images courtesy of Destination NSW.


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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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