What Not To Miss At Vivid Sydney


Vivid Sydney – the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas – has just announced its 2016 program. Spread over 23 nights (from 27 May to 18 June), this year’s program is the longest since the festival was launched in 2009. Here’s our pick of the top 10 must-do things at Vivid Sydney this year.

WHAT Bon Iver Presents Cercle
May 27-30
WHERE Sydney Opera House
HOW MUCH From $89

This is one of the festival’s hottest tickets. Justin Vernon reignites the Grammy-winning Bon Iver for a string of live performances at the Sydney Opera House, as part of Vivid Live.

WHAT Björk Digital Exhibition
WHERE Carriageworks
WHEN June 4-18

Staged across five unique spaces, Björk Digital is the latest virtual reality project from the Icelandic musician, in collaboration with top filmmakers and programmers from around the world. Expect an epic out-of-the-ordinary experience. 

WHAT The Night Market
WHERE Carriageworks
WHEN June 4 and June 18

Curated by Carriageworks Farmers Market creative director, chef Mike McEnearney, The Night Market will bring together more than 200 of Sydney’s top producers and chefs. Bring an appetite.

WHAT New Order
WHERE Sydney Opera house
WHEN June 1-5
HOW MUCH From $79

Synth-pop legends New Order celebrate their 35-year history with a live retrospective at the Sydney Opera House.

WHAT Game-Changers: Margaret Zhang
WHERE Sydney Town Hall
WHEN May 28
HOW MUCH From $25

One of Australia’s most influential creatives, Margaret Zhang shares the story of her career to date, offering insight into how to build digital communities through engaging content.

WHAT Curve Ball
WHERE Carriageworks
WHEN June 11
HOW MUCH From $79

Don’t miss this large-scale music and art event created by Carriageworks and Fuzzy. The event will showcase top electronic and experimental music, alongside some of Sydney’s best bars and food trucks.

WHAT Etsy Sydney Made Market
WHERE Pier 2/3 Hickson Road, Dawes Point
WHEN June 4

Spend your Saturday perusing through handmade art, homewares and gifts at the Etsy Sydney Made Market. You’ll have the chance to engage with Etsy’s skilled makers and curators – and pick up a gem or two.

WHAT Lighting the Sails: Songlines
WHERE Sydney Opera House
WHEN May 27 – June 18

For the entirety of the festival, works by new as well as iconic Australian Indigenous artists will be projected onto the white sails of the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House.

WHAT Game-Changers: Spike Jonze
WHERE Sydney Town Hall
WHEN June 5
HOW MUCH From $25

Writer and director Spike Jonze – whose works include Her and Where the Wild Things Are – will appear as part of Vivid Ideas Game-Changers Talk Series: conversations with global creative industry leaders.

WHAT Cathedral of Light
WHERE The Royal Botanic Garden
WHEN May 27 – June 18

This incredible installation features tens of thousands of LED light globes to create a 70-metre tunnel of light. The artwork is designed to be view from inside and out.

For the full program head to vividsydney.com.

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