High’lights’ at this years Vivid Sydney Festival 2018

Each year the entire city of Sydney is transformed into a visual sensation of light and music installations,  but the Vivid Sydney Festival is not just all pretty colours and sounds though – it’s about exploring new ideas too. If you feel like your brain cells need a workout after lazing on the beach and, let’s admit it, drinking too much goon, Vivid Sydney is the one for you.

This year will be extra sparkly as it’s celebrating its 10th anniversary. So, if you’re travelling to Australia from 25th May – 16th June 2018, make sure you stop by to see the city in all its multi-coloured glory. Don’t know where to gaze your eyes upon first? We’re here to shine a light on the best bits!

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Grab a spot by the harbour and catch an interactive light show from the bridge all the way to the Circular Quay skyscrapers. This year, Vivid Sydney is stepping up their laser game, as they’ll be using one twice as powerful as any used before in Australia.

When: 25th May – 16 June 06:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Where: City and surrounds

The Spirit of Fun

Make your way to Luna Park’s Coney Island for an impressive installation that brings to life the park’s art and soul. Its narrative highlights Luna Park’s colourful history and also gives a glimpse into the future of fun at this much-loved Sydney attraction.

When: 25th May – 16th June 06:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Where: Luna Park


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Feel like you’re on another planet with an astronaut’s view of Earth. Created by UK artist Luke Jerram, the NASA imagery of the globe goes hand in hand with a composition of cosmic out of this world sounds by BAFTA-award winning Composer Dan Jones.

When: 25th May – 16th June, 06:00 pm – 11:00pm

Where: The Rocks

The Nautilus Forest

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Stroll through an illuminated forest of spiraling trees as you explore the captivating and hypnotic work of Australian artist Adrienn Lord. With over 40,000 individually controlled RGB pixels, the branches of the forest turn and spin with colour, creating an impressive hue of light across the forest.

When: 25th May – 16th June 06:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Where: The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney


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Dive headfirst into a virtual space of tens of thousands of virtual responsive toy balls. Different movements and interactions change how the balls appear, creating a fantasy world that will make you feel like a kid again.

When: 25th May – 16th June – 11:00 PM

Where: The Rocks

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St. Vincent

Grammy award winner St. Vincent will be in Sydney for a one night only performance at Carriageworks.

When: 17th June – 08:00 PM – 11:00PM

Where: City and surrounds

Price: $100

Young Hearts Run Free – Romeo and Juliet Soundtrack

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Looking to find your star-crossed lover? Celebrate the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann’s classic Romeo + Juliet as all-star musicians and special guests bring to life tracks from the likes of Radiohead, The Cardigans and Garbage.

When: 7th June – 08:00PM – 11:00PM

Where: City and surrounds

Price: $59

KXH Presents: 10 Years of Vivid

Get your groove on at the King’s Cross Hotel for a celebration of latre night culture with some of Sydney’s most legendary DJs such as Ben Fester, Hubert Clarke Jr and Andy Garvey.

When: 26th May – 09:00PM – Midnight

Where: King’s Cross

Price: From $10

The Burdekin Live&Loud

Be sent back in time to the golden age of House music and Garage as some of Sydney’s pioneering DJs go back to back to bring you the sound of the 90s in one of Sydney’s oldest venues.

When: 26th May – 08:00PM – Late and 2nd June 09:00PM – late

Where: City and surrounds

Price: From $15


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Future Fashion

One for the future designers! Take part in a conversation about eco-friendly materials and meet organisations that are helping to change the fashion industry into a sustainable one.

When: 16th June 03:00PM – 05:00PM

Where: The Rocks

Price: From $20

The Vivid World of Virtual Reality

Virtual reality has taken the technology world by storm over the last couple of years. This innovative workshop will open your mind to the future of this crazy world and the possibilities ahead.

When: 25th May 05:00PM – 07:00PM and 7th June 05:00PM – 07:00PM

Where: City and surrounds

Price: From $50

The Story of Light

Celebrate Australia’s largest optical telescope (in all its 3.9m mirror glory!) at the Powerhouse Museum. Join leading professionals for a fascinating insight into how science and technology are changing how we see the Milky Way.

When: 3rd June 2:00PM – 03:30PM

Where: City and surrounds

Price: From $8.00

Sydney Film Festival

For 12 days and nights, celebrate 65 years of the best work that Australian cinema has had to offer. Film buffs, you don’t want to miss out on tickets for this one!

When: 6th June 12:00AM – MIDNIGHT

Where: City and surrounds

Price: From $159

BridgeClimb Sydney

Make the most of this annual festival with an experience that is well and truly LIT. Take in sweeping views of a glowing Sydney with as you climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. There’s even a 70’s style disco floor at the top. Boogie face on!

When: The Vivid Climb or climb year round – day, twilight, night or dawn

Where: The Rocks

Price: From $263

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