Vivid Sydney, Australia’s biggest and best annual outdoor festival, dazzles visitors with stunning displays of lights, music and technology. Originally conceived as a celebration of smart lighting and energy efficiency, the Vivid festival has grown bigger and more elaborate each year. Vivid 2017 promises to continue this trend.

Event organisers have been teasing hints at this year’s programme for weeks. Festival enthusiasts have waited in eager anticipation. And now, the full programme for Vivid Sydney 2017 is finally here.

Events kick off May 26 and run through June 17. Each night, “Lights On” will be at 6 p.m., and programmes will run until 11 p.m. During these times, a world of wonders awaits potential visitors.

Vivid’s Eagerly Anticipated Light Shows Promise More Dazzle

One of the most anticipated features of the festival each year is the dazzling projection of illuminations on Sydney’s iconic Opera House sails. This year promises not to disappoint. Notable film director Ash Bolland was commissioned to create this year’s imagery, and his work “Audio Creatures” is sure to impress.


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Illuminations and other light sculptures will also grace other notable Sydney buildings throughout the surrounding Opera House area, as well as Taronga Zoo, Martin Place, Darling Harbour, Chatswood and Kings Cross. Additionally, this year, the installations will spread into the popular Barangaroo entertainment district.

Vivid 2017’s Musical Lineup Showcases World-Class Talent


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In addition to light and technology exhibits, Vivid 2017 also promises an exciting lineup of musical acts. This year’s selection of performances is said to be the biggest and best lineup yet and will include artists from both at home and abroad. Among the musical offerings, the Avalanches are expected to perform a rare full rendition of “Since I Left You”. Elsewhere in the programme, US indie band Fleet Foxes will perform, as well as English electronic duo Goldfrapp.

Vivid 2016 drew an estimated 2.3 million visitors, and the crowds definitely made themselves felt. This year, event organisers are anticipating an even larger draw. Visitors hoping to experience the festival without the press of massive crowds have another option.

Sensational Sydney Cruises offers two special cruising options nightly during the festival. Visitors can experience the festival on board a scheduled Vivid Sydney Harbour Cruise, during which they will enjoy the projections along Fort Denison, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Walsh Bay and Darling Harbour. Rather than jostling the crowds, guests on board these cruises will enjoy light canapés and unlimited drinks in the company of only 16 passengers on board a comfortable 52-foot Motor Cruiser.

Alternatively, Sensational Sydney Cruises offers the same experience as a privately chartered cruise. In these cases, groups of up to 30 people can enjoy the projections from the water.

Scheduled cruises run during the weekends, Thursday through Sunday and depart at 6:30 from Walsh Bay. Before spots fill up, book your festival cruise now through Sensational Sydney Cruises