Festival of Lights Vivid Sydney Photo Essay

Vivid Festival in Sydney – Crazy Light Central!

Destination NSW sent me to Sydney to check out the Vivid Festival – which is a celebration using lots of bright high powered lights and projectors around the Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour area over a couple of weeks in late May/early June.

Vivid is a Festival of Lights which has been going on for a few years, and it seems to be a magnet for anyone who likes watching bright things in the sky: so this is perfect for kids who seem to be hypnotised by the many flashes that go on throughout the night. But, it’s really an event for everyone.

Maybe the lights are just a series of subliminal messages that say ‘Come To Sydney, Come to Australia and pump some more money into the economy!’ ūüėČ Well, that’s what the conspiracy¬†theorists¬†might think!

Judging by the amount of people there, these lights are a big drawcard, even though the weather wasn’t the greatest. Actually, it’s a pretty simply concept that seems to work.

Anyway, I lugged my camera and video recorder around to capture what went on, and here is the result.

Vivid Sydney Australia

This looks like a Soviet Era ‘Go To Work’Film!

Sydney Pictures - At Nght

Where’s The City?

Sydney Opera House Vivid Festival

Yoga on the Sydney Opera House

Night Lights - Vivid Festival

The Australian Bureau of Statistics trying gain some attention..

Lighting Display - Vivid Festival

How To Hypnotise Your Kids

Festival of Lights

Am I Hallucinating?

Building Illumination

Let Me Take You Down, Because I’m Going To, Strawberry Fields..

Here is a short video which captures all of that bizarre colour and movement:

The images of Sydney blasted away into places that experience northern hemisphere winters are usually of sun, sand and surf, but summer only happens for one quarter for the year! Vivid is an example of ‘Sydney In Winter’.

Anyway, this is something to think about seeing if you’re visiting Sydney during the cooler months.

As part of the trip, I took a heap of photos that will be featured by @sydney_sider so follow them and say hello. I’ve got some great ¬†politically incorrect pics which I’ll send out over the coming months, so stay tuned!


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  1. June 17, 2012    

    Sweet photos. I heard about this but I never made it up from Cairns.

  2. October 18, 2012    

    The photos are beautiful. It must have been an amazing festival in Sydney.

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