With just four days remaining until the Vivid Sydney lights turn off for another year, here’s a Top Ten Vivid Essentials List from festival owners Destination NSW:
1. Colour the Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in some delicious bites and shopping at North Sydney’s Food and Artisan Markets in Bradfield Park also featuring street theatre, then maybe hop on for a ride on Luna Park Sydney’s Ferris Wheel for a unique view of all the lights!
2. See where water, music, lasers and fire meet at Darling Harbour for the Aquatique water theatre show, on the hour, every hour, with fireworks at selected shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
3. Watch wild horses run across buildings and engines rev out of walls at the Audi installation Speed of Light, where the Spinifex Group has transformed the historic façade of the Australasian Steam Navigation Company building into a feast of light, colour and speed.
4. Bring out your inner child and hop on the See Saw light installation at Campbells Cove or tinkle the ivories at The Enlightening Piano – a fantastic interactive light installation that lights up as you play a tune.
5. Got milk? Head into The Rocks and step into a maze of interactive, couloured milk crates dangling above your head, or create your own unique experience of space, light and colour at Polka Kucha in Walsh Bay by simply turning a wheel.
6. Get your groove on at Customs House for Move Your Building, where your dance steps make the colourful light projections on the building move.
7. Hop on the free Vivid Sydney Harbour Shuttle Ferry and catch a view of the city bathed in colour and light from the magnificent harbour. Services depart between Kirribilli, Walsh Bay and Darling Harbour.
8. Get into Vivid Music at the Overseas Passenger Terminal with Finely Tuned presenting some of the biggest names in house music for the Terminal Projekt, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June, 4pm till late (tickets still available at www.vividsydney.com).
9. Go West! (well, Inner West), and experience the Australian premiere of the Test Pattern [No 5] installation by acclaimed Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda at Carriageworks in Eveleigh. Seymour Centre in Darlington is also hosting a two-day explorative music program, New Wave: Sound, featuring national and international talent while New Wave: Light and Design will showcase innovative light installations created by University of Sydney students.
10. Take it all in. Find a spot, settle down and watch the entire projections on the Sydney Opera House called Play created by the Spinifex Group, and Collaboration #3 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, created by renowned artist Gemma Smith and the Spinifex Group. Simply amazing! And don’t forget to grab a drink at The Vivid Ideas Exchange Lounge on Level 6 of the MCA from 7pm.
Vivid Sydney, developed, owned and managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, will continue to illuminate the city from 6pm to midnight ending Monday June 10.
The full Vivid Sydney program is available at http://vividsydney.com/