The line-up for Vivid Sydney is out, and it looks sensational

Vivid Sydney 2021 is set to transform the Harbour City into an extraordinary playground of the unexpected from Friday 6 August to Saturday 28 August and the recently released program is looking pretty fab.

Vivid Sydney 2021 is set to transform the Harbour City into an extraordinary playground of the unexpected from Friday 6 August to Saturday 28 August and the recently released program is looking pretty fab.

Vivid Sydney 2021 will light up the city from Friday 6 August to Saturday 28 August, with more than 200 events celebrating Sydney’s diversity, resilience, Aboriginal culture and vibrant creative community.
 
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said: “Through revealing the vibrancy of the full Vivid Sydney 2021 program, there is no doubt this much-loved festival will provide everyone with a multitude of reasons to experience Sydney after dark.”
 
Now in its 12th year, Vivid Sydney 2021 is said to be unlike anything you’ve seen before, transforming five locations across the CBD with unexpected light-art installations and projections, eclectic music performances and thought-provoking talks.

The Vivid Sydney we know and love will be back, from creativity and innovation to interactivity and excitement.

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Kin Edison Chen. Image: Destination NSW

Vivid Sydney says the ideas behind 2021 are big, bright, bold and set to work their magic across the city for 23 days and nights.

The festival will ignite five locations in 2021, with Circular Quay, The Rocks, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour and Luna Park Sydney all showcasing a mesmerising kaleidoscope of light artworks to wow visitors and locals alike.
 
Festival Director Gill Minervini said: “Vivid Sydney is all about pushing boundaries and transporting festival-goers to a playground of the unexpected. This year’s program delivers fresh and engaging content, bringing feelings of joy, wonder, discovery, hope and excitement to all who absorb it.”
 
“This year the program reveals an incredibly rich and diverse line-up across our ever-evolving cultural landscape including Australia’s rich Aboriginal heritage, Sydney’s vibrant LGBTQI+ culture, and the incredible group of strong, empowered women who continue to ensure Vivid Sydney remains relevant globally.”

Music, ideas and light

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Image: Destination NSW

When it comes to Light, visitors will connect with powerful stories of resilience through 50 immersive and kinetic light installations and projection artworks all designed to explore and showcase the power of quiet strength.

Don’t miss the floating light-walk on Cockle Bay, which is a festival first and Yarrkalpa – Hunting Ground, which will turn the Sails of the Sydney Opera House into an impressive new digital rendition of an iconic Martu painting.

Vivid Ideas 2021 celebrates all the Mavericks & Misfits among us – the folks who think differently, speak out, and shake things up. With 90 intriguing talks and workshops on offer, Vivid Ideas embraces the quirks and kinks of our humanity and starts conversations that continue long after the festival has ended.

Don’t miss game-changers, Magda Szubanski and Jameela Jamil, speaking about building resilience, the need for greater diversity and inclusion in media and the role of nature and the arts in healing.

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Vivid Music 2021 is set to flip the script on traditional performance, with more than 50 live shows held in surprising venues to offer one-of-a-kind experiences.

Rockin’ highlights include Mia Rodriguez, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and Ngaiire, with performances at Parliament House and Sydney Opera House.

Click here for the full program.