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Vivid Sydney 2016 – Mark the dates

March 3, 20163 minute read

Sydney once again plays host to the world’s largest annual festival of light, music and ideas, kicking off on 27th May over 23  nights until 18th June 2016 – its longest run ever.

Following on from the 2015 Festival, which attracted record numbers of visitors who came to enjoy the more than 80 light installations and projections, 70+ bands performances and more than 1,502 programmed hours during Vivid Music.  Not to mention the 500 speakers featured in more than 150 talk events as part of Vivid Ideas.

This year’s festival has been extended to allow Sydney to welcome more international visitors to the event.

…. Vivid Sydney is established as the largest festival of its kind in the world, attracting a record 1.7 million people in 2015. Expanding the festival in 2016 will give international visitors more time to experience the spectacular light, music and ideas that illuminate our Harbour City each winter. I encourage visitors to plan a trip to Vivid Sydney 2016 and NSW – you won’t be disappointed. Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer of Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase

What’s on?

Vivid Sydney 2016: The largest light, music and ideas event in the world, Vivid Sydney is a major celebration of creativity and the creative industries. The 2016 program will be announced in March. Festival pillars include:

  •        Vivid Light: Free, amazing outdoor art installations transform Sydney’s architecture and open spaces nightly
  •        Vivid Music:  Music collaborations and performances to entertain and intrigue,including Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House
  •        Vivid Ideas: Creative ideas, public talks, industry seminars, conferences, workshops and debates take place across Sydn

What are the dates?

27th May to 18th June 2016.

Where do I go?

Sydney, Australia. The Festival locations are spread across the CBD including lighting projections along the Sydney Harbour foreshore, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Customs House, Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, and many more.

Now in its eighth year, Vivid Sydney sees light art, installations and projections installed throughout the city and around the Sydney Harbour Foreshore. Sydney’s world famous icons, including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, become the canvas for light art on a grand scale.

For more information about the event, visit the SydneyVivid website and for information on planning a trip to Sydney, including flights and accommodation, visit or download the Vivid Sydney app, available fore Android and iPhone.

Vivid Sydney celebrates Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific. It is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the State Government’s tourism and major events agency.

Images & video © Vivid Sydney

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