Vivid Sydney
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Vivid Sydney

About This Project

May 26 – June 17, 2023
Sydney, Australia






Sydney is transformed for 23 days and nights by Vivid Sydney, an annual festival of creativity, innovation, and technology. For its 12th year, Vivid Sydney combined art, innovation, and technology in 2022 in association with some of the most avant-garde musicians, thinkers, and artists of the day.

Vivid Light

Vivid Light casts a surprising glow over the metropolis and its built-up surroundings. The longest continuous light walk ever was created as part of Vivid Sydney in 2022, and it ran from the Sydney Opera House to Central Station. The city’s renowned buildings and lesser-known locations, such as Sydney’s CBD, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Walsh Bay, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Darling Square, Darling Quarter, The Goods Line, and Central Station, were transformed with dazzling light art and dynamic 3D projections.


Vivid Music

In 2022, Sydney will serve as the program’s grand stage. With evocative performers reshaping the city with live performances in unexpected settings, Sydney sensed the beat of a new rhythm. The 2022 schedule included DJs at The Goods Line, Tumbalong Nights and Tumbalong Kids at Darling Harbour, and free live music events in Central Station’s Grand Concourse. Ticketed gigs included late night cabaret at the Vivid Sydney Supper Club at Mary’s Underground, the world premiere of The Gospel According to Marcia at St Stephens Uniting Church, as well as international acts Spiritualized, Baxter Dury and Cakes Da Killa.


Vivid Ideas

In order to connect us to the future, the Vivid Ideas program brings together some of the most brilliant thinkers and brave storytellers. The program has a strong lineup of provocative talks, seminars, and in-depth conversations that get right to the point, look for original answers, and stimulate fresh ways of thinking. Aaron Sorkin, a celebrated playwright, screenwriter, and director of theater and film, Gretchen Carlson, a “Bombshell” campaigner for women’s rights, iconoclastic superstar Troye Sivan, and master storyteller and celebrated director Baz Luhrmann were all included in the 2022 Ideas event.



Vivid Sydney has been recognised by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) and received 15 accolades at the 2019 IFEA Pinnacle Awards including gold in the Grand Pinnacle category. Vivid Sydney was also voted Australia’s Best Tourism Event in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event in 2017 and 2019 in the Australian Event Awards.


2023 Artistic Direction

Vivid Sydney, Naturally

Together, we overcame difficult times and have since reconnected, reenergized, and rediscovered ourselves. We entered the light and discovered love, contentment, and one another.


The time has come to keep going forward, keep the momentum going, and leave no one behind. to maintain and safeguard the things we genuinely value. To create moments of awe that unite us and throw a light on what truly matters—connection, sincerity, love, and nature.


We discover our true selves and soul mates through nature. We come to see the value of preserving the environment and our place in the larger scheme of things. We find inspiration, knowledge, and creativity in nature.


Nature has long been a source of creativity, feeding our imagination. Writers extol the beauty of nature, artists copy its patterns, and scientists endeavor to unravel its mysteries. It instructs, calms, and cures us; it encourages optimism and keeps us open to the unknowable. Nature inspires us to be better people, to appreciate diversity, and to think in new ways. It inspires amazement, emotion, and hope.


At Vivid Sydney, nature offers a sense of discovery, a celebration of authenticity, an invitation to connect, and an opportunity to create.


Vivid Sydney offers a special chance to create in one of the world’s most stunning natural and urban environments, to celebrate the natural wonder and diversity that Sydney and our planet have to offer through creativity, technology, and innovation — to be a part of the amazing world event that is Vivid Sydney.


We encourage you to take part in this genuinely global experience that seeks to transform hearts and minds, honor difference, and preserve our planet via light, music, thoughts, and food.


Natural beauty, natural brilliance, natural wonder.

Vivid Sydney, naturally.






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