How to Make Your Vivid Sydney Experience the Best Yet

Katie Fowler
by Katie Fowler

Courtesy of Coca-Cola

Vivid Sydney’s ninth annual festival promises to be the city's most spectacular, the longest (23 days to be exact), and brightest yet. Launched in 2009 as a Smart Light festival for energy efficiency, Vivid Sydney is now the world’s largest annual festival of light, music, and ideas. The event allows more than 1.7 million people experience the NSW capital literally shine thanks to the assortment of outdoor lighting sculptures and innovative installations around the city’s most iconic locations. The best part? It’s free!

If you’re a seasoned visitor and looking to experience the festival a little differently this year, we have three memory-making suggestions for you. Scroll on, book in, and be prepared to be amazed.

Dance under the lights

MusicNSW and FBi Radio have joined forces to host the Women in Electronic Music Showcase on June 17. The show will feature incredible female, trans and non-binary electronic music artists from around Australia and beyond. Does it get much better? We don’t think so. 

Dine at Barangaroo

If you ever needed an excuse to dine at one of the world’s finest restaurants, now is the time. The sustainable seafood restaurant is situated on the picturesque waterfront of Barangaroo and offers arguably the best views in town—the area's illuminated trail of Vivid installations. Be sure to book a table outside to appreciate the view of the colourful harbour lights.

Discover Vivid KX in The Cross

Wander away from the harbourside attractions and place yourself underneath the Coca-Cola billboard at Kings Cross. Australia's most iconic neon sign has become a continuous light show of vibrant colours and special effects in ways never before seen in its 40-year history. Powerful black-and-white portraits of the characters connected to the Kings Cross community will also be projected alongside the billboard.

Download the Vivid Sydney app and don’t miss a single sight.

Want to brighten your own home? Shop these amazing neon lights to inspire your Vivid adventure.

Planning on visiting Vivid Sydney this year? Tell us how you plan to experience it below!

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