Vivid Sydney 2017: Bigger, Bolder, Brighter

New precinct at Barangaroo
Expanded Royal Botanic Gardens footprint
Goldfrapp, AIR & Nick Murphy for Vivid Music
United States contemporary artist, Shepard Fairey headlines Vivid Ideas

The world’s largest festival of light, music & ideas, Vivid Sydney returns bigger, bolder & brighter in 2017 with a new precinct at Barangaroo, an expanded Light Walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens & imaginary creatures that will transform the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Over 23 nights from Friday the 26th of May to Saturday the 17th of June, Vivid Light will transform the cityscape into a creative canvas, take over Sydney stages with Vivid Music’s biggest program to date & provide a global forum for creative conversations at Vivid Ideas.

Vivid Sydney is owned, managed & produced by the New South Wales (NSW) Government’s tourism & major events agency, Destination NSW.

Vivid Light

For the 1st time, Vivid Sydney’s vibrant kaleidoscope will stream into a new precinct at Barangaroo with a trail of installations winding through intimate laneways, past waterfront vistas & into a foodie paradise. Visitors will be immersed in A Day In The Light, an outdoor theatre of light and sound that lets them become part of the artwork & treated to optical illusions at Trapdoor, which tells the stories of Barangaroo’s past.

The festival’s bright lights will return to the Royal Botanic Gardens with an expanded trail that will take visitors through the heart of the beautiful harbourside oasis. Here, Birds Of Lumos, inspired by the rare rowi species of the New Zealand kiwi, will come to life as they glow & pulse with colour. The nostalgic Dipping Birds, giant 2.5 metre illuminated sculptures, will change colour as they dip back and forth into a pond & quirky installation You Lookin’ At Me? will turn heads as big glaring eyes follow passers-by. A pop-up landmark celebrating our Harbour city, Sydneyland, will provide a beautiful & iconic photo backdrop for visitors & locals.

At the heart of the Vivid Light Walk, the sails of the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House will be bought to life by a series of imaginary creatures curated & designed by acclaimed cinematographer, editor & graphic designer, Ash Bolland. Audio Creatures will show creatures interacting with the environment, morphing & moving between each other across the iconic sails.

The city’s icons will once again be transformed including the façade of the Museum Of Contemporary Art with Organic Vibrations, a collaboration between Australian artist Julia Gorman & the Paris-based creative and artistic collective, Danny Rose. Interactive lighting display Dreamscape will let visitors put their own colourful mark on the city’s skyline from Circular Quay along the Cahill Expressway to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer & Executive Producer of Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase, said “In 2016, a record-breaking 2.31 million visitors came to Vivid Sydney, which is testament to the festival’s impressive line-up, continued innovation & growth over the past 9 years”

Vivid Sydney in 2017 will impress with a robust program across Vivid Light, Music & Ideas so now is the time for visitors to start planning their trip so they can be inspired visually, creatively & musically at Vivid Sydney

Popular precincts, Chatswood, Taronga Zoo, Martin Place & Darling Harbour will return in 2017.

The buildings, shopping malls, streets & laneways of Chatswood’s central business district (CBD) will be reinvented as a retrofuturistic smart city called Future City, Smart City with ingenious installations & light sculptures inspired by the ‘steampunk’ design aesthetic of 19th century steam-powered machinery.

Lights For The Wild at Taronga Zoo will return featuring giant animal light sculptures that wowed visitors when they made their debut last year. A few new characters & surprises will join the 2016 favourites including a swarm of buzzing bees & a giant interactive Port Jackson shark.

Martin Place will be home to Sydney’s most popular food & beverage purveyors alongside grand, interactive light installations. Highlights include a new version of the multi-award winning 3 dimension-mapped projection Urban Tree 2.0 & Deep Forest, an urban jungle for feasting featuring an open flame fire-pit with barbeque treats from Porteño & some of NSW’s best fire chefs.

28 tonnes of water will be thrown into the air every minute whilst lasers, flame jets, music & fireworks combine in a celebration of the power of creativity & innovation at Darling Harbour. Magicians Of The Mist water theatre will be a spectacular display of technology & art defining the digital era.

Vivid Music

The beat of the Vivid Music program is stronger than ever with over 250 events in this year’s line-up. Highlights include an Australian exclusive performance by electronic pop duo Goldfrapp and the return of Curve Ball: a large-scale live music & art event created by Fuzzy Music, both at Carriageworks.

Popular Vivid Music events return including Heaps Gay, Soul Of Sydney, Purple Sneakers & The Argyle’s Tokyo Disco.

Vivid LIVE At The Sydney Opera House will deliver an eclectic suite of not-to-be-missed performances from influential American folk-rock band, Fleet Foxes, French electronic superheroes, AIR, British singer & songwriter, Laura Marling, & producer and bonafide hit-maker, Australia’s Nick Murphy.

City Recital Hall breaks from its’ classical roots with an incredible program – Metamorphosis – serving up everything from jazz & dance anthems to multisensory masterpieces. Sydney-based indie rock band, Dappled Cities, will launch their new album IIIII (pronounced 5), Grammy Award-winning jazz singer, Dianne Reeves, will take to the stage in a special one-off performance & Paul Mac will host a Sound Bubble Sound Party.

In a Vivid Music first, Vivid Sydney has partnered with the City Of Sydney to deliver a program across a multitude of city venues. Showcasing grassroots & emerging local music talent, highlights will include a new roof-top festival from Cake Wines, Pie In The Sky & a showcase of Women In Electronic Music at Oxford Art Factory.

Kings Cross returns with an exciting line-up of performance music, art, ‘Avant Cabaret’ & cutting-edge, independent and immersive theatre with a bohemian flavour, part of the Vivid KX program.

Vivid Ideas

The Vivid Ideas program will continue to challenge & inspire with more than 200 events exploring the changing face of the creative industries. Iconic American artist Shepard Fairey, who blurs the boundaries of art & design, headlines the Vivid Ideas line-up. His body of work includes his Barack Obama HOPE campaign, the OBEY GIANT art project & this year’s ubiquitous We The People initiative.

In a Vivid Sydney exclusive, Fairey will share his do-it-yourself approach, career highlights & how he managed to turn his creativity into an authentic voice about street culture. He will also create a large scale public mural live on a wall in Sydney’s CBD & some of his most famous works to date will be part of a pop-up exhibition at the Darling Quarter.

Throughout the city, a series of conferences will connect start-ups, emerging talent, practitioners & entrepreneurs with world-class creators & thought-leaders. Highlights include The Sunrise, which connects start-ups with successful founders; Semi Permanent, returning with a series of interactive, immersive experiences featuring leaders from Getty Images, NIKE, Google and more & family-favourite, Robowars, where some of the country’s best engineers & robotic experts put their self-built robots to battle.

The Vivid Ideas Exchange at the Museum Of Contemporary Art also boasts a diverse line-up of talks presented by creative practitioners covering topics from fashion to place-making, storytelling, ageism, marketing pitching, health, innovation, big data & mixed reality.

Vivid Sydney Sponsors

Vivid Sydney thanks its sponsors for their support of the festival in 2017 including partners, Huawei, Ford and American Express & supporters, Allianz, Canon, City Of Sydney, NSW Department Of Industry, Google, Oracle Liquid, Property NSW, Sensis, Sydney Airport, Sydney Opera House, Technical And Further Education NSW, Technical Direction Company & 32 Hundred Lighting. Vivid Sydney’s access & inclusion partner is Cushman And Wakefield & the festival continues its sustainability partnership with the Banksia Foundation.

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‘Vivid LIVE’ 1st Artist Announced: ‘Fleet Foxes’ *Ballot For Tickets*


“’Fleet Foxes’ have not just expanded & enhanced their sound, they have found a way to remain lasting”Consequence Of Sound

Folk-rock masters Fleet Foxes will première new material from their highly anticipated 3rd album exclusively for Australian audiences at the Sydney Opera House when they make their long-awaited returned for Vivid LIVE in May this year as part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music & ideas.

5 years since their last, life affirming shows, the band have chosen Vivid LIVE for their return to the stage, performing over 4 nights in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

Due to the expected high demand, tickets will be allocated by ballot (details below).

Fleet Foxes Vivid LIVE performances are exclusive to Vivid Sydney & their only Australian shows for 2017 following sold-out ballots for Morrissey (2015) and Kraftwerk‘s 3rd Dimension Catalogue retrospective (2013) as well as ANOHNI’s immersive & sense-shifting performance Hopelessness (2016).

The 5-piece ensemble rose to prominence in the vanguard of a new wave of folk music in the 2000’s, alongside fellow Sydney Opera House alumni including Sufjan Stevens, Joanna Newsom, Bon Iver, Bill CallahanThe Decemberists.

The band returns to Sydney Opera House with a refreshed line-up featuring Robin Pecknold (vocals, guitar), Skyler Skjelset (guitar), Christian Wargo (bass), Morgan Henderson (multiple instruments) & Casey Wescott (piano). In addition to the core-band, their Vivid LIVE performances will feature additional players including Matthew Barrick (drums).

Fleet Foxes début self-titled album, released in 2008, was billed in Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Albums of the 2000’s while White Winter Hymnal also made Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Songs of the 2000’s. In December the same year, the Sun Giant extended play & their self-titled long play together shared the title of Pitchforks #1 album(s) of 2008.

Their 2nd full-length album, Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop/Inertia) was released in 2011 to critical acclaim &propelled them to Number 6 in the Australian national charts (Number 2 in the United Kingdom & Number 4 in the Untied States (US)) confirming their status as a true crossover success story.

Almost a decade after leading the new-folk revolution, Fleet Foxes will bring their fevered dynamism and signature harmonies to the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall stage & demonstrate once more why they are indeed a band for the ages.

Robin Pecknold said “We are unbelievably excited to perform songs from our new album & to revisit songs from across our catalogue at the Sydney Opera House in May. In this time, when all action towards unity is vital, our means of engendering union is through music, collective communal performance, on any stage that will have us & there is no better stage in the world than the Sydney Opera House. We really hope to see you there”

With the new album expected very soon, Robin Pecknold has created a playlist of artists & songs that inspired Fleet Foxes whilst writing the forthcoming new album.

Destination New South Wales (NSW) Chief Executive Officer & Vivid Sydney Executive Producer, Sandra Chipchase, said “’Vivid Sydney’ continues to attract the world’s best musicians to our city each year. The calibre of artists performing at the festival is testament to its success. I encourage all music fans to plan their trip to Sydney to see internationally acclaimed US band ‘Fleet Foxes’ when they première their new material at these 4 exclusive Sydney shows”

Vivid LIVE, now in its 9th year, will be the 3rd curated by Ben Marshall, the Sydney Opera House’s Head Of Contemporary Music. For Vivid LIVE, Marshall has programmed iconic artists & projects such as ANOHNI, Bon Iver ‘Cercle’, New Order + the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Max Richter ‘Sleep, Kraftwerk, Lauryn Hill, Sufjan Stevens & Morrissey. Ben’s year-round contemporary music program features Underworld, Kasabian, Andrew Bird, James Vincent McMorrow, Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, The Lumineers & Mary J. Blige. The stages of the World Heritage-listed building have also held Brian Wilson, D’Angelo, The National, Florence + The Machine, Tame Impala & Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

Ben Marshall, Curator Of Vivid LIVE At The Sydney Opera House, said “It is a big moment for us to welcome back ‘Fleet Foxes’ to the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall stage for ‘Vivid LIVE’. Having ended their ‘Helplessness Blues’ tour here 5 years ago, over 3 unforgettable sold-out nights, they have chosen to première their new, fiercely anticipated 3rd album on the very same stage. Like past key ‘Vivid LIVE’ artists ‘Bon Iver’ & Sufjan Stevens, ‘Fleet Foxes’ are taking a 4-night ‘Vivid LIVE’ residency & bringing something special to Sydney for their only Australian performances for 2017. A dramatic & powerful live proposition, Robin Pecknold’s spectral tenor & euphoric, melancholy melodies are something to behold in the Concert Hall & this act’s blazing ambition and restlessness will be on grand display in one of this year’s absolute musical highlights”

The full program for Vivid LIVE At The Sydney Opera House will be announced at the Vivid Sydney program launch this month:


  • WHAT: Fleet Foxes
  • WHEN: Friday May 26th – Monday the 29th of May 2017
  • WHERE: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
  • TICKETS: Premium – AUD$119, A Reserve – AUD$109, B Reserve – AUD$89


An application process has been implemented for Fleet Foxes’ only Australian shows at Vivid LIVE in anticipation of high demand & to ensure everyone has an equal chance to make applications over a 5-day period. This will minimise website congestion & distribute tickets to fans across time zones, states & countries. Successful applicants will be notified via e-mail with a link to purchase tickets between 10am – 4pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)) Friday the 10th of March. Unsuccessful applicants will not receive a link to purchase however will be automatically added to a waitlist in the event of a later release of tickets.

Tickets can be applied for anytime between Wednesday the 1st of March 2017 (6:00am AEDT) & Sunday the 5th of March 2017 (11:59pm AEDT). Successful applicants will be chosen at random from within the allocations designated for visitors & locals. To apply, go to


Vivid LIVE

From the 26th of May to the 17th of June, the Sydney Opera House will welcome some of the most ambitious & innovative local & international artists for Vivid LIVE – a celebration of music on the nation’s most famous stages – as part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music & ideas.

Vivid LIVE celebrates iconic artists in contemporary music with newly commissioned works, world première performances & Sydney only appearances from musical greats within Australia & around the world.

Vivid LIVE invites the world’s leading artists, creative collectives, promoters & digital animators to raise the roof of Sydney Opera House‘s theatres, rehearsal spaces, recording studios & most famously, its’ iconic sails, which are transformed into a unique canvas each year for Vivid Sydney.

Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music & ideas, which for 23 days – from the 26th of May to the 17th of June 2017 – transforms the ‘Harbour City’ with its colourful creative canvas. In 2016, Vivid Sydney attracted a record 2.31 million attendees.

Now in its 9th year, Vivid Sydney is owned, managed & produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism & major events agency. Vivid Sydney features large scale light installations and projections (Vivid Light); music performances and collaborations (Vivid Music including Vivid LIVE At The Sydney Opera House) & creative ideas, discussion and debate (Vivid Ideas), all celebrating Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific. For more information, visit

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Sydney Spectaculars – Season 2017!

Want to see Sydney in all it’s glory? Check out our 2017 season of ‘Sydney Spectaculars’! Here is what is happening so far this year:

26 January 2017 – Australia Day In Sydney

A day to celebrate the cultures of the Australian continent with many events throughout the day from indigenous ceremonies and cruise ship appearances to concerts and wheelchair races – this is the day Sydney shines. This year will feature 2 pyrotechnic displays – one at Darling Harbour & the other at Circular Quay –  as well as possibly the lighting of the Sydney Opera House & the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons in green & gold for the 1st time in the event’s history! If you’re not in Sydney, you can watch ‘Australia Day 2017 – Live At Sydney Opera House’ (which will feature the Circular Quay fireworks) live on Channel Ten/WIN from 7:30pm AEDT* on Australia Day!

27 January–12 February 2017 – Chinese New Year Festival 

Projections on the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons & the Australian National Maritime Museum will be a new feature for this year’s Chinese New Year Festival while the Sydney Harbour Bridge & Opera House as well as many other local landmarks will continue to be illuminated in red during the first 3 days of the Festival similar to last year. A fireworks display on the 27th of January in Farm Cove will coincide with the switching on of the red lighting of the iconic Sydney structures to welcome in the Year Of The Rooster!

25 March 2017 – Earth Hour

Created in Sydney a decade ago, Earth Hour now occurs around the world. This ‘spectacular’ sees the lights of the Sydney Harbour Bridge & the Sydney Opera House turn off for 1 hour to convey a practical message on the environment. Head down to the Sydney Harbour foreshore & have a candle-lit picnic or attend one of the organised Earth Hour events around Sydney! If you’re not in Sydney, participate at home by turning your lights off for 1 hour at 8:30pm!

24 March to 23 April 2017 – Handa Opera On Sydney Harbour: Carmen

A temporary open air opera theatre on the foreshores of Sydney Harbour with the iconic view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge & the Sydney Opera House in the background. With dazzling sets, a performance worthy of a standing ovation & a spectacular fireworks display to top it off, this is a once in a lifetime experience for anyone but spaces are limited so book your tickets now!

7 to 13 May 2017 – United Nations World Road Safety Week

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is lit up with yellow light emitting diodes (LED) for United Nations World Road Safety Week!

26 May to 17 June 2017 – Vivid Sydney

Famous for their Sydney Opera House projection shows, the LED show on the Sydney Harbour Bridge as well as the many projection shows and light displays on the Light Walk, Vivid Sydney is now just as big as Sydney NYE.  Also featuring live music & creative industry events, this is a once in a lifetime experience for anyone from outside of Sydney.

From 28 June 2017 – Badu Gili

A new experience that will light the Sydney Opera House’s famous sails every evening in celebration of the rich history & contemporary vibrancy of Australia’s 1st Nations culture.

You can download the official Badu Gili soundtrack by clicking here.

17 October 2017 – Diwali

Watch the Sydney Opera House light up in yellow/orange/golden colours to celebrate Diwali!

11 November 2017 – Remembrance Day

See the Sydney Opera House be covered in poppies (To Be Confirmed) as New South Wales remembers their Australian soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

25 November 2017 to 25 December 2017 – Sydney Christmas

Featuring projections on St Mary’s Cathedral & lighting on the Sydney Town Hall & other various city structures, Sydney Christmas brings the spirit of Christmas to Sydney in truly spectacular style. Check out the lighting ceremony of the massive interactive Christmas Tree in Martin Place, which features fireworks, for a truly magical night! Maybe Santa Claus will turn up?

31 December 2017/1 January 2018 – Sydney New Year’s Eve




The grand finale of ‘Sydney Spectaculars’ – the original, biggest & best – Sydney New Year’s Eve, the world’s biggest annual & most technologically advanced fireworks displays in the world! Without a doubt, this is a once in a lifetime experience for anyone from outside of Sydney.

That is all?

No! Many other ‘Sydney Spectaculars’ may occur throughout the year such as more Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge pylon projection shows but these other ‘Sydney Spectaculars’ are usually announced with short notice so keep an eye out on our blog if one gets announced unexpectedly.

I cannot visit Sydney to see a ‘Spectacular’ fireworks display. Can I see a non-‘Spectacular’ fireworks display on Sydney Harbour on another day?

Yes! Pyrotechnic displays frequently occur on Sydney Harbour so check our countdowns on the side of our blog to check when the next one is & where the most iconic view of the display is!

*Check your local guides for broadcast times outside of New South Wales.

Save The Date – Vivid Sydney 2017

The world’s largest festival of light, music & ideas

Vivid Sydney, one of the most spectacular light shows in the world, is set to impress again when it returns to Sydney for 23 nights from Friday the 26th of May to Saturday the 17th of June 2017.

Owned, managed & produced by Destination New South Wales (Destination NSW), the State Government’s tourism & major events agency, Vivid Sydney attracted more than 2.31 million people from around the globe in 2016.

Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music & ideas, which annually transforms the harbour city into an outdoor art exhibition with its colourful creative canvas. The event features large scale light installations & projections (Vivid Light); music performances & collaborations (Vivid Music including Vivid LIVE At The Sydney Opera House) & creative ideas, discussion and debate (Vivid Ideas), all celebrating Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific.

NSW Minister For Trade, Tourism & Major Events, Stuart Ayres, said: “Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas & the biggest event in Australia”

“Last year, Vivid Sydney boasted its biggest program ever with more than 90 light installations & projections created by more than 150 artists from 23 countries, 190 music performances & 658 speakers in 183 Vivid Ideas events. Highlights included Songlines, an incredible projection inspired by the ancient dreaming tracks that weave across landscapes & skies, created with the work of 6 renowned Indigenous artists & the 1st Indigenous lighting of the iconic Sydney Opera House sails.”

Vivid Sydney 2017 promises to be even bigger so put Friday the 26th of May to Saturday the 17th of June in your diary & start planning a trip to see Vivid Sydney now”

For a glimpse of Vivid Sydney’s magic, watch this timelapse from the 2016 event:

Diary Date

What: Vivid Sydney 2017 – The world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas & Australia’s largest event, Vivid Sydney is a major celebration of the creative industries.

When: Friday the 26th of May – Saturday the 17th of June 2017

Where: Sydney, Australia – Locations across the city including lighting projections along the iconic Sydney Harbour foreshore including the Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge.


Please note: The full Vivid Sydney 2017 program will be announced early 2017.

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‘Vivid Sydney’ Injects AUD$110 Million Into New South Wales Economy

Figures released today confirm that Vivid Sydney 2016 injected a phenomenal AUD$110 million of visitor expenditure into the State’s economy according to the Minister For Trade, Tourism & Major Events, Stuart Ayres.

In 2016, the New South Wales (NSW) Government, through its tourism & major events agency, Destination NSW, made the strategic decision to extend the festival from 18 to 23 nights.

“This year’s festival included an extra 5 nights & 3 new precincts which helped drive this phenomenal result & extend the positive benefits Vivid Sydney brings to the State’s visitor economy” Mr Ayres said.

“AUD$110 million in visitor expenditure is a huge result & is up 75% on last year’s figure. Not only did we smash visitor expenditure, we became Australia’s largest event with 2.31 million attendees experiencing the spectacular Vivid Sydney

“Of these attendees, almost 184,000 were visitors who travelled to Sydney specifically for the festival, generating more than 621,000 visitor nights for the NSW visitor economy”

Vivid Sydney continues to shine bright on the State’s events calendar. I congratulate the dedicated team at Destination NSW and the many Government agencies involved in delivering another sensational event & look forward to a brilliant return of the festival in 2017”

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer & Vivid Sydney Executive Producer, Sandra Chipchase, said the results were driven by exceptional marketing, partnership campaigns & outstanding programming.

“Our biggest ever program of light, music & ideas saw Vivid Sydney expand into new precincts including the Royal Botanic Gardens and Taronga Zoo & present over 190 Music & 180 Ideas events. These initiatives supported by our marketing & partnership campaigns were instrumental in increasing both visitor numbers & the length of stay”

Vivid Sydney 2017 will be held from Friday the 26th of May to Saturday the 17th of June. The Vivid Light Expressions Of Interest is now open. Click here for more information on the opportunities for artists, designers, creative industry practitioners, equipment suppliers, business & educational institutions to participate in Vivid Light 2017. Submissions close midnight Australian Eastern Daylight Time, Friday the 21st of October 2016.

Expressions Of Interest for Vivid Ideas are open until Friday the 23rd of September 2016 & Vivid Music until Friday the 14th of October 2016.

Visit for more information.

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Be Part Of ‘Vivid Music’ 2017

Love music? Love Vivid Sydney? Then this is your chance to get involved in Vivid Music with expressions of interest now open to venues, promoters & artists to be part of the festival in 2017.

Held as part of the annual Vivid Sydney festival, Vivid Music presented its biggest & most thrilling program to date in 2016 featuring disc jockey sets with international acts Björk & Boy George; performances from The Models, Machinations & Dave Mason and Bag Raiders & special one-offs including Sound Gardens at the Sydney Conservatorium Of Music and premier hip hop event One Day Sundays.

Destination New South Wales (NSW) Chief Executive Officer & Vivid Sydney Executive Producer, Sandra Chipchase, said the festival’s music program will continue to grow in 2017 & invited the industry to share their ideas and be part of the exciting program.

Vivid Music aims to showcase the incredible spectrum that exists within the live music scene, ranging from cutting edge emerging artists through to international acts & music legends. In 2016, Vivid Music showcased 693 musicians & more than 1,500 hours of live performances across 31 of Sydney’s leading music venues”

“If you have a venue that would like to host an event, are a musician looking to perform or an industry figure keen to participate in Vivid Music, this is your chance to be part of Australia’s largest festival, Vivid Sydney

To register your interest in being part of Vivid Music 2017 go to, Applications close at midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time on Friday the 14th of October 2016.

Vivid Sydney is owned, managed & produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism & major events agency. Vivid Sydney 2017 will be held from Friday the 26th of May to Saturday the 17th of June.

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Share Your Creative Ideas For ‘Vivid Sydney’ 2017

Vivid Ideas is inviting innovative, thought-provoking and creative individuals & groups to share their ideas & be part of the conversations shaping the creative landscape for Vivid Sydney 2017.

Minister For Trade, Tourism & Major Events, Stuart Ayres, announced that, following the unprecedented success of this year’s festival, expressions of interest (EOI) have opened to individuals, businesses, industry associations & institutions for Vivid Ideas 2017.

Vivid Ideas brings together the conventions, discussions & big announcements for the creative sector in an exciting program held as part of the world’s largest festival of light, music & ideas, Vivid Sydney” Mr Ayres said.

“This year more than 54,000 people attended Vivid Ideas to explore trends & innovations enabling creative businesses to thrive. We’re inviting the best & brightest minds from around the world to be part of Vivid Ideas 2017 & I encourage everyone to submit their applications to participate in this world-renowned event”

The Vivid Ideas program spans the innovation & imagination sector including technology and start-up culture, design and architecture, film and screen content, visual arts and performance, advertising and marketing, animation, visual effects, lighting & events.

Destination New South Wales (NSW) Chief Executive Officer & Vivid Sydney Executive Producer, Sandra Chipchase, said “Whether you’re an industry innovator, aspiring creator or have a unique concept to share, this is a chance to be part of Australia’s largest event. If you have what it takes to shape, market & present a Vivid Ideas event with interesting & innovative content, Vivid Sydney wants to hear from you”

To register your expression of interest in being part of Vivid Ideas 2017, please visit to submit your application before Midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time on Friday the 23rd of September.

Vivid Sydney is owned, managed & produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism & major events agency. Vivid Sydney 2017 will be held from Friday the 26th of May to Saturday the 17th of June.

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