Monday, 29 May 2017


Sydney will be awash with colour until June 17 as more than 90 light installations illuminate the city for the annual Vivid Sydney festival, projecting colourful art on the world-famous Sydney icons and throughout the city.

Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas and officially opened for 23 nights until 17 June 2017.

More than 180 Australian and international artists have created the light installations and projections that will appear across seven festival precincts spread throughout the city.

Vivid Sydney also features more than 390 Vivid Music events and 280 Vivid Ideas talks and forums.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the festival is a boost for the State’s visitor economy and is expecting another bumper year following a record-breaking 2.31 million attendees in 2016.

“The lights are on at Vivid Sydney for another year and NSW is ready to welcome even more visitors who’ll fill our city hotels, visit our major attractions and eat at our restaurants, bringing great economic benefit to the State,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We’re hoping to surpass last year’s massive $110 million injection into our State’s visitor economy and going on indications from hotels and major attraction bookings, we’re on track.”

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said visitors are coming to NSW, not only to experience Vivid Sydney in all its shining glory, but to venture further afield into rural and regional NSW.

“Visitors to Vivid Sydney are coming for the lights and staying for the sights of this great State. In fact, visitors who travelled on to rural and regional NSW after experiencing Vivid Sydney last year, delivered an additional 65,000 room nights into the regions and $11.5 million in visitor expenditure,” Mr Marshall said.

An extra 9,000 public transport services will run during Vivid Sydney 2017 to cater for the huge number of anticipated visitors to the festival.

With so much to see and do, visitors are advised to plan ahead to spend more than just one night at the festival, and importantly to leave the car at home.

For more information about closures and public transport services to and from Vivid Sydney, go to

Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW.

To see the incredible program, go to

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