Lights Out On ‘Vivid Sydney’ 2016

After a record-breaking 23 nights, the lights have finally gone out on Vivid Sydney 2016, which has been widely acclaimed as the best ever.

The world’s largest festival of light, music & ideas has captivated the imaginations of Sydneysiders as well as interstate & international visitors.

Visitors to Vivid Sydney have delighted in light art including The Cathedral Of Light at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Songlines on the sails of the Sydney Opera House, Be The Light For The Wild at Taronga Zoo & the world-record setting Dress Circle installation. Vivid Sydney is owned, managed & produced by Destination New South Wales (NSW), the State Government’s tourism & major events agency.

NSW Minister For Trade, Tourism & Major Events, Stuart Ayres, said: “Festivals of this magnitude don’t just happen & I’d like to thank the Vivid Sydney team, who delivered 90 light installations and projections throughout the city, programmed 190 Vivid Music gigs & hosted 658 speakers at 183 Vivid Ideas events.”

“I’d also like to say a huge thank you to the 509 dedicated Vivid Sydney volunteers who have been the face of the festival & worked across 1,860 shifts helping local and international visitors over the 9,300 hours of the event. We truly appreciate the volunteers taking the time to be a part of Vivid Sydney & contributing to visitors’ positive experiences of the event.”

“Finally, I’d like to thank all the NSW Government agencies & precincts that have been instrumental in bringing this festival to life including the NSW Police, City Of Sydney, Willoughby Council, NSW Ambulance, Transport For NSW, Roads And Maritime Services, Museum Of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Taronga Zoo & countless others. I can’t wait to see Vivid Sydney shine in 2017.”

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer & Executive Producer Of Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase, said: “Sydneysiders have fully embraced this festival & are proud to share it with local and international visitors. From fantastic speakers at Vivid Ideas events, wonderful performances at Vivid Music & of course, the spectacle of Vivid Light, we are on track to break a few records when final figures are known.”

“Whilst there were some challenges this year with severe weather & queues to experience the most popular installations, the festival continued to shine throughout the city. I’d like to thank all participants, volunteers, sponsors & visitors for their support and contribution to making Vivid Sydney 2016 such a success” she said.

Vivid Sydney cements the global city’s position as a creative capital of the Asia-Pacific region, showcasing art, technology & innovation.


Media Release: Vivid Sydney