Vivid at The Rocks 2017

  • Fri May 26 - Sat Jun 17 2017
  • All Ages
  • $0.00

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Don't miss the spectacular lights display at The Rocks during the Vivid Festival Sydney 2017!

Some of Sydney's most iconic venues in The Rocks will light up in spectacular fashion during the 2017 Vivid Sydney Festival- so don't miss it!

The Rocks is essentially the birthplace of modern Sydney. Get a sense of Sydney's past exploring The Rocks' cobbled laneways, cosy cafes and some of the oldest pubs in the country.

Around The Rocks is the best place to see the major projections and interactive installations, including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) and Cadman’s Cottage. You can become a composer and dance on piano keys, a maestro who makes the Bridge sparkle or changes the colour of the cityscape. First Fleet Park next to the MCA also has some great installations for children and families: Never Ends features a magic horse that you can ride to swing into a fairytale; Human Light Clock turns your shadow into the hand that tells the clock’s time.

The cobbled streets and lanes of The Rocks and harbour foreshore near the Overseas Passenger Terminal have many light sculptures such as Parallax, inspired by the beauty of stalactites clinging to the ceiling of an underground cave. Similar to a parallax effect, the form and density of the sculpture constantly changes according to the perspective of the viewer. Portholes is just that – windows carved from the living rock that reveal any number of imaginary worlds; while Uncovered Worlds takes this concept even further: walk down a mysterious alleyway in The Rocks, where you discover an easel supporting a lonely picture frame. Touch the frame and a whole galaxy of worlds is ‘uncovered’.

Walk towards the Southern Pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and see EORA, a projection that looks like it’s emerging from the massive blocks of Sydney sandstone. This honours the Traditional Custodians of the land on which the Festival takes place – the Eora Nation. This year EORA pays special tribute to Bennelong, the first Eora man to explore a relationship with the white colonisers of the First Fleet, and who in turn was the first Aboriginal man to represent this people at the English court in London.

MORE VIVID: Check out our highlights and top tips for the 2017 festival, as well as where to find the best lights for kids. 

Where:  The Rocks- Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Cadman’s Cottage and Campbell’s Cove

When:   26 May- 17 June 2017; lights from 6pm-11pm nightly

Cost:    Free

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