The brilliance of the Vivid Festival

by Elisa
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The Vivid Festival is an event that every year offers a charming scenery of Sydney which attracts a large number of visitors.

Everywhere we look we are surrounded by the wonderful installations that the most important light designers have prepared for this festival.
Every year Vivid lights up places in the most unexpected and creative ways.

[blockquote align=”none” author=”Nik Wallenda”]I’d love to come to Australia. I’d love to walk about the Sydney Opera House.[/blockquote]

The entire city offers light installations along the way, you can start with the Circular Quay waterfront and follow the Harbour to find the Opera House in front of your eyes. There you will see a lot of professional photographers with a tripod that waits the right moment to take an astonishing picture.

Another interesting point is the Botanical Garden where there are many interactive installations and represents a very suggestive promenade through a wonderful natural landscape, it is a mix of nature and advanced technology installations.

The light shows are awesome from many locations,


  • Botanical Garden
  • Circular Quay
  • Darling Harbour
  • The Rocks
  • Museum of Contemporary art of Sydney

These innovative lights installations play a significant role in presenting the city in an evocative way. Among these are the grand-scale projections onto several historic buildings that hook the audience with a magnificence mix of visual and music effects.

However, the undisputed star of this festival is the most iconic building in the world: the Opera House. It becomes a screen for many different and gorgeously colored projections. Everything is made more enchanting for the dispersion of light in the water that creates a wonderful reflection.
The dancing shadows caused by dappled light offer a scenery more evocative than I even imagined it would be, and it never stops to entertain and delight the viewers.

Visiting Sydney during the Vivid Festival offer a magical view and I really suggest you visit during this time. The Vivid starts during the winter for around 24 days.
If you visit Vivid during the weekends, be prepared for crowds along the foreshores, there are people everywhere and gets very busy. If you’re not keen on crowds I suggest you go mid-week. It is a must-see festival and awesome for photographers. Along the path, free Vivid Maps are given away from a booth near the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

The Vivid Festival has been growing over the past few years and, also the complexity of projection systems. It has developed into something truly special and visually spectacular that attracts every year around 2 millions of people.

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