Vivid Sydney 2016

Last week we had a few extra activities on, which threw my routine right out the window! But that’s ok, it’s good to have a bit of change every so often 🙂

So this week I have nothing Pinterest-themed to share with you. But I will share a night out that we had at Vivid Sydney.

Vivid Sydney is an annual light, music and ideas festival, and takes place over about 3 weeks of May and June. The website says it is now the largest festival of its kind in the world! We have been going since 2012, which I always thought was the year it started. But my research today tells me it has been going since 2009. Perhaps it was more widely publicised in 2012…

Anyway…each year it gets bigger and bigger. More areas to visit, more performances to enjoy. Part of the program is musical acts, and interesting speakers. But we just like to enjoy the light show portion! The displays are amazingly creative, and most are interactive. There is no ‘look but don’t touch’!

Although there are a few different areas around the city to visit, we have set our ‘tradition’. We start under the Harbour Bridge, walk around the harbour foreshore, Circular Quay, to the Opera House. Then back again. We do sometimes walk around the surrounding streets if we see something interesting, or if an area is particularly crowded. This year we continued past the Opera House, in to the Botanic Gardens. This is a new precinct this year.

Our tips! Wear suitable walking shoes, taking note of the weather conditions (ie storms as we have just experienced), warm clothes (goes without saying – it’s winter!), try and go mid-week. Weekends seem to be mad. I read that last weekend some of the streets, including around the Opera House, were closed as there were so many people.

We were pleased to see there were good walkways in the spots where it gets quite muddy. Being that it is winter here in Sydney, and we do often get rain at this time of year! I now wear boots as a matter of habit when visiting Vivid, as some years the ground just couldn’t cope with all the foot traffic coupled with rain.

So, here are a few of the photos I took of our walk around the city. There are much better ones out there on social media. I didn’t have a tripod, but the ones taken on my phone turned out better than the ones on my DSLR in some cases!

Touching these shapes produced louder music. They also changed colour.

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These also changed colour

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This collection of lights and mirrors was fun to walk through!

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Here, you are encouraged to lie down and let the gentle music and changing colours calm you

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Special pads on the ground felt your movements, and transferred them to ghostly shapes on the wall.

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The story unfolding on this building was spectacular. One of my favourite displays!

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The hugging tree 🙂 The more you hug it, the more the lights travel up the tree.

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It was very funny watching parents pushing their children into this exhibit! I am reliably informed that it didn’t hurt a bit!

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Another of my favourite exhibits was the Cathedral of Light, in the new precinct of the Botanic Gardens. The stone wall around the harbour leading up to the Cathedral made a great entrance

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And the Cathedral itself was spectacular! So simple, but so effective!

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The far end dipped down slightly, so it looked like it would never end:

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Each little light was actually a flower!

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And just to finish off, here are a few photos of the city lights, our beautiful Harbour Bridge, and the amazing display on the Opera House

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Who else has fantastic, free, family-friendly entertainment like this in their city??

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