Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas and now the largest event in Australia. For 23 days – from 25 May to 16 June 2018 – the event places a spotlight on Sydney and reinforces its position as the home of light, creativity, cutting edge music, engaging conversations and the exchange of new ideas. The festival is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency.
For the 10th Anniversary celebrated artist Jonathan Zawada created an artwork that transformed the Sydney Opera House into dynamic digital sculptures inspired by the Australian environment.
Other highlights include the powerful laser beacon illuminating the harbour from on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the welcome return of Customs House as a venue and the many light sculptures that stretch for more than 2km around the harbour foreshore. This year’s edition featured a new precinct at Luna Park, with the amusement park to be fitted with a large-scale projection for the facade of Coney Island and the lighting of the Ferris Wheel .Vivid Sydney at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, The Rocks, Barangaroo and Darling Harbour, along with the city’s Kings Cross, Chatswood and Taronga Zoo mesmerized visitors.
While inaugurating the event, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the festival, is expected to break the record results achieved every year since it started.
“The city’s hotels and major attractions are already reporting strong bookings as NSW begins welcoming visitors from across Australia and the world,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Vivid Sydney will look to outshine last year’s festival, which attracted a record 2.33 million attendees and injected over $143 million into NSW’s visitor economy, by delivering another innovative program which celebrates a decade as Australia’s most loved major event.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said Vivid Sydney was an opportunity to showcase not only Sydney, but the entire State.
“Vivid Sydney is more than just a captivating light, music and ideas festival – it drives our economy, attracting hundreds of thousands of overnight visitors to our State,” Mr Marshall said.
“Nearly 38,000 visitors to Vivid Sydney last year chose to extend their stay in NSW and travel beyond the fringes of Sydney, staying more than 94,000 nights and injecting over $16 million into the State’s regional economy.