World's largest festival of light, music and ideas kicks off

Anita Lyons
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Vivid Sydney is in its tenth glorious year, and to kick it off, Sydney will be awash with a spectacular sound and light show heralding in the largest event in Australia.

Also known as the “World’s biggest festival of light, music and ideas”, this year’s offerings are supposed to be better than ever.

Vivid Sydney runs from 25 May to Source: Vivid

If you don’t know where to start, we’ve compiled a list of some of the “must–not–miss” sights in Darling Harbour that will illuminate your senses.

The Liminal Hour

On any given day, Barangaroo is a spectacle, but add in a six metre tall luminescent puppet operated by ten performers and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen.

The creature ventures along the waterfront in a highly theatrical display of sound and light and will even interact with you, if you’re lucky.

Vivid’s ‘Marri Dyin’ is giant six metre tall luminescent puppet operated by ten performers who wander its waterfront in a theatrical display celebrating the influence of First Nations women. Source: Getty

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

Perfect for the whole family, Custom’s House has an extraordinary light display for the senses.

The classic tale of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie  will be projected onto the building every night, along with an entertaining voiceover that takes you right in to the narrative.

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie will be projected on Customs House each night during the Vivid festival. Source: Getty

Fantastic Oceans

The waters of Darling Harbour comes to life with spectacular water fountains and light and laser show showcasing a world of bio-luminescent creatures lurking deep beneath the ocean’s surface.

The buildings surrounding the harbour also light up with patterns and shapes to make the harbour awash with colour.

The light and laser show showcasing a  world of bio-luminescent creatures lurking deep beneath the ocean’s surface. Source: Getty

Blue Planet

For the lover of Sir David Attenborough and our wondrous blue planet, turn your sights from the Pyrmont Bridge to the top of the National Maritime Museum.

A 10–minute show from BBC Earth and narrated by the legend himself, is projected onto the building.

The National Maritime Museum comes to life with a 10-minute show from BBC earth. Source: NMM

The night. Reimagined.

The Samsung display on the forecourt of Sydney’s Opera House is a Vivid first.

Utilising high-tech features from its latest Galaxy S9 model, Samsung has created an interactive user friendly experience, where patrons can walk in and create their own emoji, which will then be displayed onto the face of Luna Park that night.

“The night. reimagined” takes visitors on a visual journey of elements of the night and you may even be lucky enough to have your face projected onto Luna Park. Source: Vivid

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