In just a few short weeks, Sydney’s night-time skyline is set to come alive with all the colour, brilliance and beauty that is Vivid 2019.
Running over three weeks, Vivid sees the city’s iconic buildings transformed into canvasses of light, while music and creative ideas abound.
Here’s an insight into what’s in store at Vivid Sydney 2019.
11 years of Vivid
This year will mark the 11th anniversary of the Vivid Sydney Festival. Running from May 24 to June 15, the events is described as “Australia’s most loved and awarded festival” bringing together “light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to share their creativity” across the city.
The harbour is a focal point for the event, lighting up from 6pm each evening, and encapsulating iconic sites such as the sails of the Sydney Opera House, and nine precincts including the Royal Botanic Garden, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, the Rocks, Luna Park, Taronga Zoo, and Chatswood.
Vivid at Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour is one of the major venues for the Vivid Festival, and this year it’s set for a “space-age reboot”.
“Around Cockle Bay, mind-boggling electro-automotive super-bots have been sent to sow the seeds of a greener tomorrow. Epic in scale, the light and sound spectacle Robot SPACELand is built around a central 16m high unit, the Ecobot. After creating itself from crushed cars, it continues its endless duties crushing cars and extruding the building blocks of a new society,” Vivid.com explains.
At the Australian National Maritime Museum, proceedings will take on a slightly more marine feel, with a film about the incredible life of sharks projected onto the museum’s huge rooftop.
“Follow the shark’s journey through the oceans in three chapters: hunting, desire and renascence. On Sharks takes you inside the mind of a shark and asks us to reconsider sharks as prey, not just as predators.”
Meanwhile, Tumbalong Lights is back by popular demand, transforming Darling Harbour’s open space into an all-inclusive play area with an outer space theme.
On Friday and Saturday nights the ever-popular weekly fireworks will also be incorporated into all the light and action of Vivid at Darling Harbour.
Vivid at Barangaroo
Just a short stroll from King Street Wharf, Barangaroo is also set to play a central role in this year’s Vivid Festival.
The precinct will feature an installation called Winter Camp, where visitors will experience layers of light, sound and puppetry reflective of the land and water.
The interactive experience draws inspiration from the changing of the seasons, and invites visitors to share in the practice of hunting and gathering.
Vivid Times and Dates
Vivid Sydney will run for three weeks from May 24 until June 15. Lights switch on each night at 6pm and the city remains illuminated until 11pm.
You can learn more about the complete program for Vivid Sydney 2019 here.
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