Vivid Sydney

Every year in May and June, Sydney becomes a wonderland of spectacular lights, interactive outdoor art exhibitions and engaging events. Vivid Sydney, established in 2009, is an 18-day festival that showcases outdoor lighting sculptures along with performances by local and international musicians and talks by leading thinkers of the day.

Famous landmarks like the Opera House and Harbour Bridge can be seen in a new light (if you’ll excuse the pun) and captivating displays are projected on other large buildings, including the Museum of Contemporary Art and Customs House at Circular Quay.

2015’s festival takes place from 22 May until 8 June and features some really beautiful installations. Last night, Kate and I enjoyed running up and down Piano Stairs by Reuben Young et al., taking selfies at amigo + amigo’s Affinity, and losing ourselves in Light Origami. The Opera House was spattered with surreal faces, dancers and divers and Customs House was transformed into a dazzling display of Australia’s fauna and flora by Spinifex Group.

While most of the lights can be found at locations around the centre of Sydney, Vivid Sydney 2015 is also taking place at The University of Sydney, Chatswood and Pyrmont.

Visit: vividsydney.com

Vivid Sydney – Museum of Contemporary Art | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Vivid Sydney – Museum of Contemporary Art | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Vivid Sydney – Sydney Opera House | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Vivid Sydney – Sydney Opera House | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Vivid Sydney – Sydney Opera House | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Vivid Sydney – Sydney Opera House | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Vivid Sydney – Sydney Opera House | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Vivid Sydney – Sydney Opera House | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Vivid Sydney – Customs House | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Vivid Sydney – Customs House | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Vivid Sydney – Customs House | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

All words and photos: Rosie Pentreath

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