When Winter rolls in, many people tend to hide away indoors to escape the cold. Though, Vivid Sydney is back again to liven up the cool nights. When I thought Sydney couldn’t get any more wonderful, than with its shimmering harbour, world-popular landmarks and spectacular city horizon, Vivid 2017 festival has returned to remind us of this stunning city. While few extraordinary festivals usually require tickets, a large portion of this festival is free!

The light festival runs from 26th May – 17th June 2017. Keep in mind that the celebration’s busiest evenings are typically every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night and each night of the June long weekend. Lights turn on at 6pm, and shuts at 11pm, however a few areas may have an earlier start and end. The festival will continue rain, hail or shine. There will be road closures, so public transport is the best means.

Held through the span of 3 weeks, Vivid Sydney continues to grow and improve – and 2017 looks set to be something breathtaking. It’s not just the light shows getting better.

Vivid Sydney is an occasion like no other. Every year since 2009 the city has been brought to life due to mind-blowing immersive light establishments and projections that happen all over the CBD. The Vivid Sydney 2016 festival had more than 90 establishments and projections made by more than 150 artists from 23 nations, along with 190 music exhibitions from prevalent milestones as well as clubs, bars and theatres. With more than 600 speakers over the striking idea events. Vivid Sydney 2017 has to push past these expectations, to be greater than previous festivals.

This one of a kind celebration is about light, music and ideas. Highlighting outdoor exhibitions of phenomenal lighting figures, a buzzing music program and a thoughtful rundown of inventive industry discussions, there’s something for each visitor of any age to appreciate.

The best places to look at the lights are Campbell’s Cove, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Walsh Bay, Kings Cross, Martin Place, Pyrmont and The Star, University of Sydney, Taronga Zoo, Chatswood and for the first time, Barangaroo. Barangaroo will present an optical fantasy attraction “trap door” where guests will look as though they are looking into the centre of the Earth.

This occasion will bring the city to life, with Australia’s most adored landmark, the Sydney Opera House, will illuminate its sails once again, of fancy animals, complex shapes, designs and art. Buildings will have lit projection, demonstrating a variety of staggering hues and designs. Most Boats will also participate, illuminating their vessels and lighting up the night.

Vivid Sydney is as much a celebration of music and pop culture, as it is about light establishments and investigating thoughts. It is an incredible approach to drawing out individuals amid the winter months, giving them something to anticipate. The streets will be thronged as though it were New Year’s Eve.

Even local Sydneysiders often book accommodation for this occasion. Booking in advance is highly advised, especially for waterside lodgings. For those outside of Sydney, there are incredible exclusive deals for this occasion. Companies like Webjet offers a further 10% off, use code SYDNEY and search Vivid Sydney packages. Save more when you book flights and hotels.

Vivid changes Sydney into a wonderland of light figures for all to appreciate, free of charge. It connects with designers, artists, and producers from around the world to enlighten, decipher, and change urban Sydney.

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