Vivid Returns to Sydney in 2024

  • Fri May 24 - Sat Jun 15 2024
  • All Ages
  • $0.00

Get ready to experience the magic of Vivid Sydney 2024!

Sydney's biggest and longest festival is set to make 2024 sparkle even brighter than 2023, so you'll want to mark your calendars for the big 'Lights On' moment at 6 pm on Friday, 24 May 2024

The annual festival celebrates creativity, innovation, and technology, and promises to dazzle and delight audiences until 15 June 2024.

What's New for Vivid Sydney 2024?

Vivid Sydney
Vivid Sydney


Vivid Sydney 2024's theme Humanity invites us all to look inside to find those things that make us human - love, kindness, compassion, and creativity.

This year's festival features four pillars - Vivid Light, Vivid Music, Vivid Ideas, and returning for its second year, Vivid Food. That's right, foodies, get ready to be wowed by a myriad of innovative and mouth-watering culinary experiences.

Minister for Tourism Ben Franklin says Vivid Sydney is one of Australia's best events and a vital economic driver for NSW during the winter months. Last year, the festival was attended by over 2.5 million people and injected a whopping $119 million into the NSW economy. 

Vivid Sydney Locations

Vivid Sydney 2024 will illuminate and energise various locations throughout the city, including Circular Quay, The Rocks, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, The Goods Line, Central Station, and Sydney icons such as the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and more. Unfortunately, the popular kid-friendly Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo will not be on for the 2024 festival.

Vivid Sydney 2024 Program 

Sydney is set to shimmer with the return of Vivid Sydney from 24 May to 15 June 2024, celebrating the theme of ‘Humanity’ and showcasing the city in a kaleidoscope of light, music, ideas, and culinary delights.

Sea, Sand and Stars | Guan Wei
Sea, Sand and Stars | Guan Wei | The Museum of Contemporary Art


Vivid Light

The city will come alive with a breathtaking display of light installations and 3D projections, stretching from Circular Quay to The Goods Line. This year features a 40km-long laser beam projection from Sydney Tower, offering a visual spectacle like no other. The Lighting of the Sails at the Sydney Opera House will see a stunning transformation by the 2023 Archibald Prize winner, Julia Gutman, alongside immersive experiences and interactive artworks by renowned artists including Yvette Mattern, Reg Mombassa, Guan Wei, and Leila Jeffreys.

Vivid Music

Stateless | Sinclair Park | Nawi Cove
Stateless | Sinclair Park | Nawi Cove


 A lineup of genre-spanning performances will entertain audiences across the city. Highlights include headliners Budjerah, Mos Def, and Air, alongside performances by grentperez, Mallrat, Deerhoof, Jen Cloher, and No Fixed Address. The diverse venues, from iconic landmarks to intimate bars, will ensure there’s something for every music lover.

Vivid Ideas

This year’s Vivid Ideas program invites attendees to explore and engage with new perspectives. Among the thought-provoking topics is an exploration into the sex work industry in Australia’s red-light district, promising discussions and installations that challenge and inspire.

Vivid Food

 The festival's culinary component will tantalize taste buds with innovative experiences and delicious offerings. The Vivid Fire Kitchen returns in a new location at The Goods Line, serving up delectable treats. ‘A Culinary Canvas’ by Danielle Alvarez celebrates women in Australian gastronomy, and ‘Plates with Purpose’ introduces a taste of Ukraine at Kyiv Social. The VividPlace Food Trail and ‘Aurorae’ at Bennelong Bar offer more ways to indulge in the flavors of the festival.

Staged across iconic Sydney locations including Circular Quay, The Rocks, Barangaroo, and Darling Harbour, Vivid Sydney 2024 is set to be an unforgettable celebration of creativity, innovation, and the human spirit. For more details, visit the official Vivid Sydney website or check out the media release for images and further information on this year’s highlights.

Visit Vivid Sydney for more information.

When:     24 May to 15 June 2024
Where:    Various locations across Sydney
Cost:       FREE

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