Vivid Sydney festival

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Vivid Sydney festival Reviews

christl3 christl3
171 reviews
Australia's Answer to the Aurora Australis Jun 03, 2013
My boyfriend and i had to pleasure of being in Sydney during the 2013 Vivid Festival which goes on for three weeks every year in Sydney at the beginning of their winter season (end of May into June!).

At the stroke of darkness (usually 6pm during their winter months) the Circular Quay area of Sydney's CBD comes to life with light, sound and art. The Vivid Festival, to me, cam be described as an event where multiple talents across Australia collaborated and joined their talents and ideas together to form an array of light installations that were then projected gracefully and boldly across Sydney's most famous landmarks. The Opera House, The Harbour Bridge, The Contemporary Art Museum, Cadman's Cottage all become aglow with colourful images that tell a story.

The light projections on the Opera House are on a fifteen minute loop from 6pm until midnight. Cadman's Cottage plays host to a 'paint your own canvas' idea where children choose the colours and patterns that are then projected onto the old landmark itself.

Circular Quay is mobbed by throngs of people gawking at the opportunistic street performers and appreciating the atmosphere.

It's a little bit too packed for my liking but there is a great atmosphere. Very good idea! Worth a look as it is a free night out.
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Flownaway Flownaway
3 reviews
Vivid Sydney Jun 19, 2011
Vivid Sydney festival is held at night time during late May – Mid June and is a celebration of colors, lights and imagination.

My favorite part was the 3D light projection on Customs House in Circular Quay. The sandstone building came alive with the lighting movement. It was splashed with paint, or filled with water, or taken down to pieces. In one sequence, I saw the building bending towards the center, shaking, and then collapsing. The lights really played tricks on my mind.

Another major attraction was the fire dance at the Rocks. As the name suggested, it was a big pyro show synchronized with music – very exciting and quite literally, heart-warming!

Of course the picture wouldn’t be complete without the Opera House! Vibrant light projections had created the illusion that it was sailing in the harbor.

Walking along the Sydney Harbor, you would find interesting lights sculptures here and there. And there was this place where lights were fastened onto tree branches. You would have to stand underneath the trees to appreciate the magic - When the wind came and the lights danced around from hidden in the trees it felt as if one was in an enchanted forest.

If you are interested, watch out for the 2012 festival on the official website:
Vivid Sydney 2011 - Opera House
Vivid Sydney 2011 - Lightwalk
Vivid Sydney 2011 - Customs House
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