From a giant interactive game of TicTacToe to animatronic dancing lamps, fibre optic sea grass and a luminescent game of hopscotch, Vivid Light will transform Sydney after dark into a playground of free interactive light artworks the whole family can enjoy.
Destination NSW, the NSW Government agency that stages Vivid Sydney each year, is committed to making the event accessible and safe for people of all ages.
Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said: “Vivid Light is the perfect opportunity for families from overseas and around the country to visit the harbour city as it comes alive with light.
“The mild Sydney winter and intelligent and engaging lighting installations turn the harbour foreshores into a fun-filled and safe wonderland.
“It is a world-class spectacle that is free and open to all members of the public,” Ms Chipchase said.
From Friday May 25 the city will be ‘switched on’ each night at 6pm until midnight, offering a sensational display of light art sculptures, interactive installations, illuminated skyscrapers and large scale projections that splash across the Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay and The Rocks.
Festival Director Vivid Light Anthony Bastic said this is a sparkling winter festival of light that connects Sydney locals, families and visitors in celebration of this truly beautiful city.
“Each year, the free Vivid Light festival grows with artists raising the creative bar by combining new, low energy light technologies with design and innovation. We encourage everyone to come and enjoy this magnificent light walk and experience the unique dynamics and playfulness of light,” he said.
A festival highlight, ‘Lighting the Sails’, will see cutting edge German projection artists, URBANSCREEN, transform the iconic Sydney Opera House in a spectacular display of 3D mapped projections, captivating families as they meander around the Quay.
Campbell’s Cove in The Rocks is a prime location to view the iconic sails, and a popular place for families to take their kids to play with a number of interactive light art sculptures, witness the submerged light projections, touch and turn a giant coloured cube and climb in an illuminated igloo.
Children and adults can play a larger than life game of TicTacToe, in First Fleet Park at Circular Quay, in front of thousands of spectators.
“You can wander through Vivid Light walk in an hour. With over 50 light installations and so many dynamic designs, families can re-visit many times and discover something new each time. And for an added treat, tune into ABC 702 podcasts as you walk to find out more about some of these amazing light artworks and the artists who created them,” Mr Bastic said.
Public transport into Circular Quay is plentiful, with ferry, train and bus interchanges providing multiple options for families to travel to the light-filled harbour foreshores.
Now in its fourth year, Vivid has become Sydney’s major festival in winter with free and ticketed events at Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay and The Rocks.
Vivid Sydney is one of five signature events in the NSW Events Calendar supported by the NSW Government through Destination NSW.
For further information about the program visit Vivid Sydney