Vivid Sydney has finally reappeared on our calendars with a promise of transforming the city into a “playground of the unexpected”. As the festival returns in September, you can expect many epic art installations and fascinating performances taking place at various venues in Sydney for three weeks. We have combed through the Vivid Sydney program guide to bring you a list of events that you’d be too silly to miss.
The Vivid Lights event is one of the most prominent attractions that will focus on narrating the story of resilience this year. The festival will flaunt an art collection that demonstrates themes of isolation, escapism and human connection. The diversity of artists at the festival will offer you a real mix of personal beliefs and world views. The famous Sydney Harbour is a must-visit light precinct to add to your list. You can hop aboard our unique Sydney Vivid cruise to enjoy the festival in all its glory while enjoying a delicious dinner. Some of the best works you can watch from up close on board the Magistic catamaran cruise are the iconic Martu painting projection on the sails of the Sydney Opera House titled ‘Yarra Kalpa-Hunting Ground, 2021, “Curiious” by the Martu Artists and so on. In a first, Cockle Bay in Darling Harbour will host a 100m floating light walk consisting of large-scale artwork called “Ephemeral”.
Vivid Ideas is where all the unique and brilliant minds come together to discuss life and being in a new light. The folks at Vivid Ideas 2021 will inspire you to think differently, shake things up and speak out boldly. The workshops, intriguing talks and discussions embrace the quirks and kinks of humanity and urge on to begin conversations that will continue long even after the festival has ended. Vivid 2021 will also introduce UK’s Jameela Jamil, who will explore the various aspects of body positivity and reveal how her podcast platform I-weigh has been a place for imperfection and self-acceptance.
Vivid isn’t just meant as a visual treat, but also for all your other senses. Vivid Music will introduce you to some of the best musicians who will bless your ears. The event will showcase a slew of musical performances from both the established and budding talents in music, held across the big and small venues and bars. Here’s our pick on what not to miss at Vivid Music 2021: Mildlife, a 5-member band on the rise, will present a combination of floor-movers and chillers alongside acoustic and electronic instrumentation, perfect for all age groups. Catch them live at the City Recital Hall.
Vivid Sydney Food
When you’re exploring the artists and glorious works of art at Vivid Sydney, it might require pit stops for dining. There are many restaurants, food trucks and cafes along the Vivid pathway to keep all the visitors well fed. Some of these places also offer special Vivid deals and menus to make your experience through the lights more enjoyable. Vivid Sydney is a great time to find amazing deals at things you’ve always wanted to experience. From the Vivid offers at the famous harbourside restaurants to the Vivid cruises deals in 2021 and everything in between, the city has a lot to offer you. Vivid Sydney food trucks are a thing that the people definitely love! It is said that the best variety of food trucks can be found hanging around the Overseas Passenger Terminal and Circular Quay. Not to mention, you may also explore the restaurants and delis around Darling Harbour for a wonderful culinary experience that matches Sydney’s festival vibes.