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Vivid Sydney Sparkles to Life, Transforming Sydney into a Dazzling Kaleidoscope Of Light

Vivid Sydney bares the soul of the city through creativity, curiosity and change. For 23 days, the festival will connect the city to light artists, music makers, brilliant thinkers and all creatives.

Couple viewing the 'For Sydney With Love' projection on Customs House during Vivid Sydney 2022.
Photo: Destination NSW

Celebrating its 12th year in 2022, Vivid Sydney is an annual creative festival that showcases the soul of our city, in collaboration with the most brilliant and boundary-pushing artists, thinkers and musicians of our time.

From 27 May-18 June 2022, Vivid Sydney fuses mesmerizing art displays and 3D light projections with exhilarating live music performances, thought-provoking debates and deep-dive discussions from some of the world’s brightest minds.

What’s on this year

This year, the festival boasts the longest continuous Light Walk in the history of the event, stretching 8km from the Sydney Opera House to Central Station. Once again, the Sydney Opera House will be aglow for the Lighting of the Sails, and at a new Light Walk addition, Central Station, the George Street facade will boast an interactive projection.

Vivid Sydney 2022 will warm the creative soul of the Sydney CBD, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Walsh Bay, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Darling Square, Darling Quarter, The Goods Line, Central Station, Luna Park and Taronga Zoo. As well as iconic city structures such as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Customs House, a new light canvas for 2022, the ASN Clocktower in The Rocks and Central Station.

Explore the city on foot or enjoy the brilliant spectacle from the comfort of a harbor ferry or cruise vessel. The many cruise vessels and ferries that travel around the harbor will be decorated with brilliant lights that change color as they enter the different Vivid Sydney locations.

Of course, Vivid Sydney features much more than incredible light displays. With more than 85 intriguing talks and workshops on offer, Vivid Ideas brings together the world’s brightest minds and fearless global storytellers, exploring the forces that shape not only Sydney’s unique society, but all great cities around the world. Headlining the Ideas Program are Global Storytellers such as Oscar and Emmy award-winning theater and film director, screenwriter and playwright Aaron Sorkin, American broadcast journalist, author and television personality Gretchen Carlson, The Project’s Lisa Wilkinson, and multi-award-winning artist and actor Troye Sivan.

Taking a deep dive into Sydney’s diverse and dynamic music communities, Vivid Music showcases a line-up of Sydney’s most exciting talent – as well as international artists – with more than 50 music events at surprising venues across Sydney to offer one-of-a-kind experiences. In fact, Central Station’s Grand Central Concourse, Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park, Phoenix Central Park, The Calyx – Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, The Bearded Tit, Cell Block Theatre, National Art School and Luna Park will all pull back the curtains to host life-affirming musical performances.