The world’s biggest light festival kicked off on Friday night, but not everyone was wild about Vivid Sydney.
The 2018 installation, now in its tenth year, had the crowds moaning about, well, the crowds.
Some punters said the organiser’s efforts to wrangle huge masses of people with tactical bottleneck pedestrian paths ruined this year’s vibe.
Last year’s event attracted 2.33 million. It’s an incredible display so of course there’s going to be a crowd. But if you’re worried about throngs of the public at the more generic Vivid sites, we’ve rounded up the best activities away from the crowds…
Every night from 5.30pm – 10.30pm
May 25th – 16th June
Impress the kids with immersive projections of space stuff – straight from NASA! There are interactive light installations including a giant jellyfish and ‘Sky Portal’, which gives the audience the ability to see themselves in alternate realities on an overhanging giant 20m x 4m LED interactive video screen. Plus there’s Sydney’s favourite eats up for grabs, ahem, we talking to you, Black Star Pastry.
Lights for the wild at Taronga Park Zoo
May 25th – June 16th
Session times: 5.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm
Shining a light on endangered wildlife. Taronga Zoo is bringing back bright favourites Sumatran Tiger, the giant bilby and introducing new additions the epic goanna and a school of blue devilfish. Beautiful.
Sydney Tower Eye’s Eye Glow
May 25th – June 16th
Rise above the hustle and bustle and take in Vivid from Sydney’s highest point. Kids can rock their best dance moves on the light-up dance floor or get their face painted glow-in-the-dark style. Those feeling adventurous can take the Vivid Skywalk from the observation deck (for kiddies aged eight and up.)
Vivid Immersive dinner series
May 26th + June 2nd
For a truly unique Vivid activity, check out ‘Hard Things to Talk About.’ It’s a dinner series held at The Calyx in The Royal Botanic Garden. Think an evening of light, conversation, story-based cocktails, curated food, drinks & artisan performers. Curator Lekki Maze has brought together Dan Goods, from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and founder of the Museum of Awe and Fiona Kerr to provoke the wonders of our brains. Their next event on June 2nd will be talking about everything from existence, aliveness, and being human, to philosophy and meaning. #Deep
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