Vivid Sydney returns with a new precinct and exclusive performances

Stephanie Yip 14 March 2017

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The festival of light is back 26 May to 17 June 2017. Here’s what to expect.

Now in its 18th year, Vivid Sydney has quickly become a staple on the Sydney arts festival cirfcuit. Last year it attracted a record-breaking 2.3 million visitors and this year’s event is promising to be bigger, bolder and brighter following the program announcement this morning.

What’s new?

Highlights of the announcement include a new precinct in Barangaroo, which will feature a trail of installations through narrow laneways and across waterfront vistas, as well as an outdoor theatre (A Day in the Light) and optical illusions display (Trapdoor).

Another exciting highlight is the expansion of the Royal Botanical Garden trail which is set to boast a birds theme this year. Think 2.5 metre illuminated birds that change colour as they dip into majestic pools of water as well as an ode to New Zealand’s rare Rowi bird.

Not just a festival of light installations, Vivid Sydney also brings artists to the forefront with talks and live performance. This year the festival has enlisted Goldfrapp to headline the Vivid Music program in an exclusive performance. Other musical entertainers to feature during the festival include Curve Ball, AIR, Laura Marling, Dappled Cities, Nick Murphy and Paul Mac.

As part of an initiative with the City of Sydney, more venues will be transformed into music hubs to showcase local emerging talents. Highlights include a new rooftop festival from Cake Wines, a Women in Electronic Music event at Oxford Arts Factory and an avant cabaret experience throughout Kings Cross.

What’s returning?

All our favourite festival precincts and installations are returning this year for another round of Vivid brilliance. This includes the light displays over the sails of the Sydney Opera House, the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MCA) and along the waterfront from the Cahill Expressway to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The precincts of Chatswood, Taronga Zoo, Martin Place and Darling Harbour are also returning to the festival with new and more extensive displays in each. Of note is a 3D mapped urban jungle projection at Martin Place, a giant interactive Port Jackson shark at Taronga Zoo and a nightly hydraulics display at Darling Harbour comprising of with 28 tonnes of water, lasers, flame jets and fireworks.

Also returning are the best seats in the houses AKA the Vivid harbour cruises. These are currently available to book at a steal through daily deals sites like Groupon, Scoopon and LivingSocial.

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Picture: Lighting the Sails artist impression, Audio Creatures, artist Ash Bolland

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