The countdown is on to Vivid Sydney 2016 with just one week to “lights on”.
Minister for Trade, Tourism, Major Events and Sport, Stuart Ayres said the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas would be the biggest to date, with an extra five nights and new music performances and installations added to an already jam-packed program.
The 23-day festival, set to run from Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June, features more than 80 light installations, 1,500 hours of programmed music events and 170 creative events.
“Vivid Sydney 2016 will deliver a number of firsts to what is the biggest major event NSW puts on all year, including five extra nights of light,” Mr Ayres said.
“For the first time, the world of Australian Indigenous art will be celebrated on the Sydney Opera House sails, installations will illuminate the Royal Botanic Garden and Taronga Zoo, while our first indoor venue, The Galeries on George Street will also join the Festival.
“We also have two world-firsts at Darling Harbour with the Vivid Laser-Dragon Water-Theatre’s 13-metre robotic arm, and Intel’s ‘Eyes on the Harbour’ Real Sense water theatre face projection.
“There is plenty to surprise and delight all-comers, whether you are a first-time visitor or a festival regular,” Mr Ayres said.
CEO of Destination NSW and Executive Producer of Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said it would also be the longest Vivid yet.
“Vivid Sydney’s world-class line up has something to inspire and entertain everyone, from families wanting a night out to visitors looking for new ways to explore the city after dark,” Ms Chipchase said.
“At the same time, music lovers and those seeking to ignite their creative juices through thought-provoking discussions and creative collaborations will find inspiration at Vivid.”
Top tips to enjoy your festival experience:
· Plan your visit – check out the full program on vivid website www.vividsydney.com
· Download the new-look Vivid Sydney smartphone app to find your way around the stunning precincts and events featured in the 2016 program
· Spread your visits over several days – there’s too much to see and do in one go.
· Come early in the week and early in the evening to avoid the busiest nights.
· Leave the car at home and take advantage of extra public transport services. Plan your trip at www.vividsydney.com/transport
· Don’t miss out! Book for ticketed events ahead of time – many events are in small venues and sell out.