Vivid Sydney is an outdoor annual cultural event featuring immersive light installations and projections, performances from local and international musicians and an ideas exchange forum featuring public talks and debates from leading creative thinkers.
The event is held annually during winter in the Southern Hemisphere over the course of three weeks in May and June. The centrepiece of Vivid Sydney is the multimedia interactive light sculptures and building projections that transform various buildings and landmarks in and around the Sydney CBD and Sydney Harbour into an outdoor night time canvas of art.
According to New South Wales Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, Vivid 2012 attracted more than 500,000 visitors to the outdoor exhibition and events, generating around $10 million in income for the state, whereas Vivid 2013 enthralled more than 800,000 visitors, contributing more than $20 million in new money to the NSW economy.
The 2014 festival had the Sydney Opera House, Walsh Bay, Circular Quay, The Rocks, North Sydney, Darling Harbour, and joining in for the first time, Harbour Lights, The Star and Carriageworks.
Vivid festival 2014 had the contribution of 59 productions to create a new projected artwork for the sails of the Sydney Opera House, and the collaboration of the French company Aquatique Show International, for the Vivid Aquatique show that will feature computer controlled dancing water jets in a ‘magic wall’ of light and water.