An extraordinary festival of lights, music and ideas The Vivid Festival is back for another year. The multi award winning Winter festival has grown exponentially since its humble beginnings in 2009, last year 1.7million visitors walked our harbor foreshores and city enjoying the displays of lights, music and events.
Here are my top three favourite installments from this years festival, definitely worth an addition to your Vivid itinerary!
Be The Light For The Wild
In collaboration with Taronga Zoo, Vivid and the centenary are celebrating Taronga’s first 100 years of their wildlife conservation program. Taronga will light up with a giant trail of illuminated animals. With interactive lights, moving parts and sound effects these giant sculptures will be amongst the largest and most technologically advanced sculptures to ever be featured at Vivid. Perfect for the kids or the big kids (just like me) it is well worth jumping on a night ferry and checking out the array of animals that will be illuminating our gorgeous harbour.
Where: Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head, Mosman
How Much: Adults $17.95, Children $11.95
Other Info: Last entry to the event at 9pm
Vivid Light Walk
Boasting mesmerizing 3D mapping and more than 60 light instillations, Circular Quay comes to life with architectural sculptures of light and sound. There is a translucent tower which pulses light into the air, a frame where reflection and light combine too bring you the feeling of infinity. By far my favourite instillation was the ‘Love-O-Meter’ where lovers, friends and couples can declare their love for one and other while the giant heart pulsates – CUTE! The installations are spread across some of Sydney’s most well-known harbor-side locations including The Rocks, Walsh Bay, Campbells Cove and The Sydney Opera House, YOU CAN also continue from here to Martin Place and the Royal Botanic Gardens which has turned on quite a show for this year’s light festival.
Where: Circular Quay
How Much: FREE
Other Info: Circular Quay also has a great array of cafes, bars and restaurants with some of the best views of the festivals on offer. So why not make it a night to remember with a dinner reservation before you take in the lights, my top pick would be Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen or Sydney Cove Oyster Bar
The Laser Dragon Theatre
This must be seen to be believed… Darling Harbour turns into a playground for Dragons and the characters of commedia dell’arte. A technological wonder, and a world first the water screen floats high above 56 fountains and features four video-projected water-screens, forty 20m-high vertical fountains, sixteen 25m-high moving fountains, twenty-two 15m-high flame jets, and ten powerful lasers. Music accompanies this mind blowing show as well as the addition of fireworks Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays 7pm Saturdays 8:30pm Fridays 7pm & 9pm.
Where: Darling Harbour
How Much: FREE
Other Info: The Laser Dragon Theatre runs every half an hour, from 6pm – 11pm.
Bondi-based Lisa Clark has an acute appreciation for food, travel, events and photography and through this lifestyle she creates beautiful and inspiring content on her blog and Instagram @iamlisaclark.