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Songlines - render impression by Artists in Motion inspired by Artist Karla Dickens | Courtesy of Vivid Sydney
Songlines - render impression by Artists in Motion inspired by Artist Karla Dickens | Courtesy of Vivid Sydney
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Vivid Festival Turns Sydney Into A Magical Wonderland

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Updated: 20 June 2016
The world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas returns for its eighth year, bringing with it more than 90 light installations lighting up the city. In this celebration of innovation and creativity, Vivid Sydney 2016 will bring together the illuminated works of over 150 artists from 23 countries, turning the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House into an array of colours and stories.

This year, 2016, celebrates the culture of the Australian Indigenous with an installation – Songlines – projected on the Sails of the iconic Sydney Opera House. Weaving through time and space, earth and sky, this installation speaks directly to the spirituality and culture of Australia‘s First Peoples. Further, the animation on display will showcase the works of renowned Indigenous artists Karla Dickens, Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi, Donny Woolagoodja, Djon Mundine OAM and the late Gulumbu Yunipingu.

Vivid Sydney 2016, opening night, Clr Quay, Harbour Lights. | © James Horan, NSW
Vivid Sydney 2016, opening night, Clr Quay, Harbour Lights. | © James Horan, NSW
Taronga Zoo | Courtesy of Vivid Sydney
Taronga Zoo | Courtesy of Vivid Sydney

For 23 nights, the city will become a kaleidoscope of colour and art with major 3D projections on the façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Customs House. Darling Harbour will also feature the world’s first water-screen floating about 56 fountains for a Laser-Dragon Water Theatre, accompanied by the music score created by The Presets.

Stretching through to the Royal Botanic Gardens for the first time, as they celebrate their 200th anniversary, this is where a magical forest appears. A place where you can’t not think where the fairies and folk people live.

Sweet - artist impression by Alexandra Heaney | Courtesy of Vivid Sydney
Sweet – artist impression by Alexandra Heaney | Courtesy of Vivid Sydney
Vivid Sydney 2016, Clr Quay, Customs House, Sydney's Hidden Stories. | © James Horan, NSW
Vivid Sydney 2016, Clr Quay, Customs House, Sydney’s Hidden Stories | © James Horan, NSW

Illuminated by 1,640 lighting fixture tubes, the colour of the Sydney Harbour Bridge will be controlled by visitors just off the shore, as they watch ferries travel through the Sydney Harbour lighting up their journey.

Other places taking part in this showcase include Sydney’s Martin Place, Darling Harbour, Australian National Maritime Museum, Central Park, Chatswood and Taronga Zoo.

Vivid Sydney 2016, opening night. | © James Horan, NSW
Vivid Sydney 2016, opening night. | © James Horan, NSW
Vivid 2016 at the Royal Botanic Gardens | Courtesy of Vivid Sydney
Vivid 2016 at the Royal Botanic Gardens | Courtesy of Vivid Sydney

The NSW Government’s Premier Mike Baird stated:

‘For the next 23 nights, Sydney’s most iconic landmarks will be lit up in a symphony of colour and movement, attracting visitors from across the world. Vivid is a creative festival for a global audience, and its popularity is evident in the 1.7 million visitors who attended last year’s festival.’

Vivid Sydney 2016, Clr Quay,Customs House, Sydney's Hidden Stories. | © James Horan, NSW
Vivid Sydney 2016, Clr Quay,Customs House, Sydney’s Hidden Stories | © James Horan, NSW
Taronga Zoo | Courtesy of Vivid Sydney
Taronga Zoo | Courtesy of Vivid Sydney
Vivid Sydney 2016 - Cathedral of Light | Courtesy of Vivid Sydney
Vivid Sydney 2016 – Cathedral of Light | Courtesy of Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney runs from 27 May until 18 June 2016.