Preparations are ramping up for Vivid Sydney – an extravagant festival of Light, Music and Ideas.
New South Wales Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said Vivid Sydney reinforced the city's standing as the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific region “and the demand for thought-provoking, challenging, exciting and entertaining events as part of this programme clearly remains strong”.
Vivid Sydney 2019 highlights include:
• Game Changer Series: Spike Lee on Films, Politics and Race – a discussion with the Academy Award winning director.
• Curve Ball at Carriageworks – an electronic and indie warehouse party featuring Hayden James, Mallrat and more.
• Installations and projections by Pixar Animation Studios on the Argyle Cut celebrating 30 years of animation, and Samsung, which will use the latest technology to light up First Fleet Park.
Many of Vivid Sydney's events are free to access, including the three-kilometre light walk throughout the Royal Botanic Garden of Sydney, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Barangaroo and Darling Harbour. Light installations also extend into nearby precincts including Taronga Zoo, Luna Park and Chatswood.
Destination NSW chief executive and executive producer Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase, said the festival, now in its eleventh year, had grown exponentially.
“Last year Vivid Sydney saw a record 185,887 travel packages sold to domestic and international visitors, including 60% growth in take up from the Australian market,” Chipchase said.
“In its inaugural year Vivid Sydney attracted 225,000 attendees, compared with 2.25 million in 2018.
Vivid Sydney will take place from Friday May 24 to Saturday June 15.