Vivid Sydney, an 18-day festival of light, music and ideas, opens on Friday 22 May, with displays of lighting sculptures and installations turning the CBD and Chatswood into a wonderland of ‘light art’ sculptures.


The Lighting the Sails display on the Sydney Opera House presents photographers with an ever-changing light show to capture.

The festival is the largest event of its kind in Australia and this year it will expand further with a world-class line-up of concert and music performances, public ideas programs, creative industry workshops and conferences, extending out to Sydney University and Chatswood. At the heart of Vivid Music is Vivid LIVE, a program of cutting-edge music which takes place at the Sydney Opera House. This year, the Opera House will host the Australian premiere of a free exhibition in the Western Foyer celebrating  Universal Everything ““ the creators behind this year’s Lighting the Sails ““  Squarepusher’s Stor Eiglass Virtual Reality Experience. This display extends the Vivid Sydney Light Walk inside the Opera House for the first time, into the Box Office Foyer. Also at the Opera House, is the new festival pop-up bar, The Deep Purple Pool Hall, a bustling festival bar with downtown favourites, a craft-focused menu, live DJs and free pool, transforming one of the Opera House’s best-kept secret hideaways into the ultimate harbour-side dive bar. Entry to all these displays and venues is free.

For full details of all the events, display precincts, apps and guides and how to get to them, visit the Vivid Sydney website at

Canon has returned as an official supporter of Vivid Sydney and will set up a base in the Foundation Hall at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, from which it will conduct a range of activities aimed at helping visitors to capture better photos of the spectacular installations. Visitors to Canon HQ will be able to follow the Canon Master Richard I’Anson Vivid Trail with tips from acclaimed travel photographer, Richard I’Anson available through the free Vivid Sydney App, which can be downloaded from

Canon Collective Walking Tours enable participants to enjoy shooting with a Canon EOS 70D DSLR as they walk through Circular Quay and The Rocks. Finishing at Canon HQ, attendees can select their best shots and receive a free A3 print. Canon will also provide a Roaming Canon Photo Crew to offer shooting tips at various installations.

Anyone with a competitive streak can take part in the Canon Photo Marathon being held throughout Vivid. Entrants will have two hours to take pictures to comply with a brief that requires them to move around the city before returning to print one submission. There will be up to 90 prizes to be won across the marathon.  

Details of all events can be found at