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06 Jun

Vivid Sydney byHertz AU

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If you’re visiting Sydney between 24 May and 10 June 2013, you are just in time to experience Vivid Sydney. Vivid Sydney is a spectacular festival of light, music and ideas which takes over Sydney at night time with light installations, projections, performances and public talks and debates.  The festival will give you a wonderful opportunity to view Sydney in a different light. (Pun intended.)


Now in its fifth year, Vivid Sydney 2013 promises to offer something different.  The festival will last for eighteen days and will take place in various locations around the city with iconic buildings such as Customs House and the Museum of Contemporary Art, being lit up with spectacular light displays. Customs House hosts an interactive display whereby visitors can control the light projection by dancing in front of the building on a mini dance floor.


The Opera House is always a major feature of the Vivid Festival with unique and stunning light projections. This year the festival will extend past Circular Quay to Darling Harbour where there will be a recreation of the Versailles Fountain as well as a 20 metre high ‘Magic Wall’ created with illuminated jets, laser shows and installations along the foreshore.  Aquatique Show International, a French company, has developed the water and light show for Darling Harbour and is bound to deliver something spectacular.


There will also be a Pop-up Bar, sponsored by Citibank, in Darling Harbour open from 6pm to midnight for the duration of the festival. The roof of the Australian National Maritime Museum will also be lit up with a projection inspired by the colours, patterns, flavours and sounds of India to coincide with the museum’s East of India exhibition.


A number of headline acts also make up the festival including performances from Kraftwerk, Empire of the Sun, Sunnyboys, Bobby Womack, Sounds of the South (featuring Justin Vernon), Cloud Control and Gurrumul.  Check the full schedule here. For a full program of the various events that are on, including when and where they’ll be held, click here.

Getting There

If you’re staying in the CBD, Vivid Sydney will be easy to access by foot from your hotel.  If you’re staying outside the CBD, you can drive your rental car into the city and park on the street or in one of the city’s many car parks. Alternatively, transport to the CBD will be plentiful. Sydney nights can get cold, so make sure you rug up before heading outdoors.


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