Vivid Sydney 2012 & 2013


Projectors at work during the event.

Vivid Sydney is now a signature of entertainment running annually during winter in central Sydney over the course of three weeks in May and June.

The centerpiece of Vivid Sydney is the light sculptures, multimedia interactive work and building projections that transform various buildings and landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge in and around the Sydney CBD into an outdoor night time canvas of arts a festival of light, music and ideas.

During a two year period of witnessing the event (2012, 2013), I found the works amusing and admired more those lights of arts projected through and made the Opera House a sort of a canvas.


Vivid Sydney 2012 – Projected lights unto the roof of the Opera House

The history of Vivid began as a Smart light festival for energy efficiency curated by Brian Eno, with the collaboration of lighting designer Bruce Ramus, projected Light Painting onto both sides of the Opera House. Also, the Festival was championed by Mary-Anne Kyriakou, Anthony Bastic, Mike Day, Davina Jackson and Barry Webb.

As w witnessed during the festival, Vivid Light transforms Sydney into a wonderland of ‘light art’ sculptures, innovative light installations and grand-scale projections for all to enjoy free of charge. It is some sort of a magical celebration of light-design excellence and the world’s largest outdoor ‘art-gallery’: a unique Vivid Sydney experience!

Lately, during the 2015 festival, sites of interest were Central Park, Chatswood and the University of Sydney as well as around the CBD, Darling Harbour and The Rocks.

Well, I had witnessed two years of the event’s awesome presentation and transformation of the heart of the city and indeed attracted multitude of people.  As a result, every year there is a chaotic traffic and lack of parking areas, so as expected majority of people chose to use public transport.  The event is a commercial s uccess to the city of Sydney.  As per records show, 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 attracted more than 800,000 visitors, contributing more than $20 million to the NSW economy.

Below are some photos I took during the year 2012 and 2013.  We didn’t attend recent events although they say it’s getting better and bigger, the reason is that we had bad experiences of where to park our car and the yearly traffics snarls occurring during the show.


Vivid Sydney 2012 – Pallets stacks.


Vivid Sydney 2012 – projected light on a building’s wall.


Vivid Sydney 2012 – statistics.


Vivid Sydney 2013 – as projected unto the Opera House.


Vivid Sydney 2013 – as projected unto the Opera House.


Vivid Sydney 2013 – light art projected to a building’s wall.


Vivid Sydney 2013 – The Harbour Bridge being illuminated.




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