The Best Things to see at Vivid Sydney 2021
Vivid Sydney 2021 is returning and we couldn't be happier because the lineup for this year's biggest light display is pretty incredible!
With big scale events largely laying dormant for the last year or so due to COVID-19, we’re positively chuffed to see our glorious Sydney city lighting up again, quite literally. Spectacular light installations, live music performances and talks with some big thinkers to spark your mind are on the agenda for Vivid 2021.
Here are our picks for the best things to see at Vivid Sydney 2021.
When is Vivid Sydney 2021?
Vivid Sydney will run from 17 September to 9 October with a bustling programme of free and ticketed events for you and the whole family to enjoy. The biggest drawcard at Vivid Sydney is the packed schedule filled with mind-bending light installations that push the boundaries of your imagination and perception. Some of the most impressive artists in the world are preparing to showcase their talents at Vivid Sydney using innovative tech to broadcast their installations on bridges, the sides of towering buildings and around the corner on Sydney’s most iconic alleyways.
Vivid Sydney 2021 Locations
To really soak in the Vivid 2021 light installations you won’t have to search far - the entire city becomes one giant light bulb! Our best advice is to go exploring through either Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, The Rocks or Barangaroo as soon as the sun goes down to really feel the full dazzle of the light installations against the night sky. We’ve carefully perused the programme to bring you our brightest picks of the best things to see at Vivid Syney.
All the Vivid events listed below are free events and generally run from 6 pm until 11 pm, although it’s best to check the official Vivid Sydney website for details.
What’s better than bubbles? 200 giant spheres illuminating Cockle Bay Wharf in what will surely become the world’s biggest bubble bath! Wade through the bubbles on a floating boardwalk and let the magic surround you at Ephemeral at Darling Harbour.
Paying homage to the creatures of the deep blue sea, artist Gemma Fergusson has created an installation that features a set of Octopus tentacles protruding from the ground. Marvel (and take some epic pics) as the appendages change colour in Incirrata.
Watch on in awe as a looping 3D animated story unfolds telling a tale from worlds away in VORAX. Catch a glimpse of the very best SFX, music and storytelling in the industry.
Patterns in Nature
Tech meets nature in this spectacular display of artwork as lights wrap around trees and plants creating a mythical fairytale dreamscape in Patterns of Nature.
Vivid at The Rocks
Using motion sensor innovation, you’ll be able to trigger millions of digital coloured light particles and transport yourself to the brilliant rainbow Hindu Festival, Holi.
If you have a fantasy-mad little one, you simply can’t miss a visit to meet Jasper, the animatronic dragon. He lights up, he roars and he breathes fire - but unfortunately for the kids, Jasper isn’t taking any passengers at the moment. A very impressive display nonetheless!
Vivid at Barangaroo
Get a little closer to the space ‘out there’ by visiting Corpi Celesti, which celebrates the first landing on the moon by displaying giant inflatable planets lit up along the path.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a musical maestro, you’ll be able to tug at the strings of a massive Harp-like immersive installation. Each time you pluck a string it will reverberate sound and light around the space in synchronicity.
Vivid Taronga Zoo
Unfortunately, Taronga Zoo will not be taking part in Vivid 2021, but you can still make the most of one of Sydney's favourite animal parks this winter at Frozen Zoo at Taronga Zoo.
Make sure you check out the full Vivid Sydney 2021 schedule and plan to get out and see some spectacular light installations!
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