Here’s What to Expect From Vivid Sydney Light Festival 2024

In the Southern half of the hemisphere, winter is creeping in which makes Vivid Sydney 2024 the perfect outdoor festival to have in New South Wales, Australia. The annual light festival is getting ready for their annual Vivid Festival of lights, art, culture and ideas by the waterfront. Always during winter, Vivid is scheduled to run for 23 nights this year from 24th May 2024 – 15th June 2024.

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Vivid Ideas

The theme for this year’s vivid festival surrounds the notion of ‘Humanity’ with many booths to pop up in and around the city. Other than the brighter luminous light displays and installations of art projected on many iconic buildings around the Sydney Harbour, the festival is taking a more socio-cultural approach this year in portraying the themes of this festival to the crowds.

It takes the form as film screenings which focus on the ‘Golden Age of Cinema’, a series of talks regarding current affairs, immersive and cultural dance performances and highlighting the common themes of ‘the human experience’. Relating to the new concept of ‘ideas’, highlighted at this year’s Vivid is the discourse on Sydney’s sex work industry touching on the rawness of the challenges that many workers face in this modern day and age.

Vivid Live and Vivid Music

A diverse range of traditional and local musical acts will be part of the soundtrack lineup, with 21-Year-Old musician Budjerah and American Indie Duo Deerhoof. There will also be a series of shows lined up at some of the most iconic cultural show sites in Sydney such as the Opera House itself and the newly opened Machine Hall Precint. Playing at the Opera House stage will be more than 50 different artists alone. 

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Vivid Lights

And of course… The Lights. This year’s lights will be projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House using 40km long laser beams showcasing 2023 Archibald prize winner Julia Gutman and more large scale light display and artworks by Reg Mombassa, Yvette Mattern, Leila Jeffreys and Guan Wei.

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Vivid Food

Vivid Food this year is set to celebrate the diverse culinary landscape of Sydney and the New South Wales State. Vivid fire kitchen returns with a new location featuring ‘The Goods Line’, a culinary canvas by Danielle Alvarez showcasing women in Australian gastronomy. ‘Plates with Purpose’ offering a taste of Ukraine. Additionally, explore and enjoy food from over 20 top chefs at the VividPlace Food Trail. Something more casual is the bespoke bar snack and cocktail experience at Aurorae at Bennelong Bar.

Where is Vivid?

The main festivities will be held at the usual Circular Quay, but there will be many other areas surrounding that will partake i the decorations and festivities. These areas are The Rocks, The State Library of New South Wales, Walsh Bay Arts Precint, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, University of Technology Sydney, The Goods Line, Royal Botanics Garden Sydney and Carriageworks.


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