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8 Reasons to Visit Vivid Sydney 2016

Many people recognised Vivid Sydney as festival of light. Thus, Vivid Sydney in its eighth year this year is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. Hence, Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by the NSW (New South Wales) Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

If you never experienced or experienced Vivid Sydney before, we list down eight really good reasons why you should plan and book your ticket for Vivid Sydney 2016.

1.The longest ever Vivid Sydney

Dress Circle – artist impression by 32 Hundred Lighting (2)

This year will be the longest ever Vivid Sydney as it will shine for 23 nights when it illuminates Sydney Harbour, new and much-loved precincts. Vivid Sydney runs from Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June 2016, 5 more days than 2015. Thus, more days mean it is more flexible to book your dates to visit Vivid Sydney 2016.


Songlines – render impression by Artists in Motion inspired by Artist Karla Dickens

Songlines is created for Vivid Sydney 2016.  In a Vivid Sydney first, the sails of the world-heritage listed Sydney Opera House will celebrate the rich and diverse work of Australia’s Indigenous artists through the projection, Songlines. This exceptional work of art is directed by Sydney Opera House Head of Indigenous Programming, Rhoda Roberts of the Bundjalung Nation of NSW, and brings together six Indigenous artists whose work illustrates the extraordinary connections between Indigenous astronomy and the natural world – the celestial and terrestrial Songlines that weave through time and distance, earth and sky.

Songlines is the recognition of Indigenous art and showcasing it during Vivid Sydney is to showcase their work to the world. This is definitely one of the key highlights of Vivid Sydney 2016.

3.More venues for Vivid Sydney 2016

Fountain – artist impression by Ample Projects

Vivid Sydney’s brilliant light also returns to Chatswood, Central Park, Darling Harbour and the Australian National Maritime Museum, Martin Place and new precinct The Galeries, which becomes the festival’s first indoor precinct.

Chatswood WildLight – The Bio-Kinetic City by Electric Canvas

The more venues, the merrier! This is good for visitors as you can plan your visits to the venues as there are more to experience.

4.New venues: Royal Botanic Garden Sydney & Taronga Zoo

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney – Garden of Light – artist impression by Ample Projects

For the first time, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Taronga Zoo, will light up during Vivid Sydney in celebration of the monumental anniversaries both celebrate in 2016.

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney – Sentiment Cocoon – artist impression by Moritz Behrens

At Garden of Light, visitors will take a glittering journey through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney as part of its 200th birthday celebrations. Grand installations will dazzle and delight including the impressive 60-metre long Cathedral of Light, made from hundreds of thousands of white LEDs which radiate gentle but brilliant light from all angles.

Taronga Zoo, Be the Light for the Wild – artist impression by Ample Projects

Taronga Zoo will be illuminated by larger-than-life multimedia sculptures of ten critical species ranging from the magnificent Asian elephant to the vividly coloured Corroboree frog, encouraging visitors to Be the Light for the Wild in Taronga Zoo’s centenary year and beyond.

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Cathedral of Light by Mandylights

From the artist impressions, the light installations for Royal Botanic Garden and Taronga Zoo is nothing less than spectacular!

5.Vivid Music

Curve Ball, Stuart Chater

Vivid Music venues joining the line-up in 2016 include Newtown Social Club, brand new venue Cake Wines Cellar Door and returning favourites including Oxford Art Factory, Freda’s and The Basement.

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music will present The Sound Gardens: Vivid New Music performed by talented students with guest artists Natasha Anderson, Anthony Pateras and Clayton Thomas. Aussie hip-hop will be celebrated at Come Together @ Luna Park and One Day Sundays at The Factory in Marrickville. ARIA Hall of Fame inductees and 80s trailblazers the Models will join fellow chart-toppers the Machinations and a stripped down version of Dave Mason’s The Reels to present The Models, Machinations & The Reels for one night only at the Enmore Theatre.

6.Bjork Digital World Premiere

Björk lionsong 2015

Björk, the iconic Icelandic musician will debut in Vivid Music this year. Thus, Vivid Music will pulse through the city with new sounds and venues with highlights including the world premiere of Björk Digital, a new virtual reality project from the international avant-garde artist and the inaugural Curve Ball – a large scale live music and art event from Fuzzy Music, both held at Carriageworks.



7.Vivid LIVE

Australian National Maritime Museum – The Nautilus and the Sea – artist impression by Ample Projects

Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House will unleash a series of incredible acts including synth-pop legends New Order, indie folk band Bon Iver, jazz artist Esperenza Spalding and the Australian premiere of Anohni’s astonishing multimedia show.

8.Vivid Ideas

At Vivid Ideas, the Game Changers Talk Series will be headlined by storytellers shaping the creative landscape including acclaimed director and producer Spike Jonze, House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, the creative force behind Orange is the New Black Jenji Kohan, and one of Australia’s most influential new creatives, Margaret Zhang.

The Sunrise 2016, Vivid Ideas

Across the city, creative conferences will dive into the business of innovation and imagination with highlights including The Sunrise which delves into Australia’s start-up culture, an exploration of how technology and digital media can shape exciting, liveable cities at the Media Architecture Biennale 2016 and Conscious Change Makers, a dynamic summit exploring the idea that ‘good business’ is good for everyone.

That’s me at the Press Conference in Sydney a few days ago.

You have good 8 reasons to come to Vivid Sydney 2016 and must not forget exploring the city with awesome food, attractions and beaches. Plan your trip now to Vivid Sydney 2016 or check out the local travel companies that are offering Vivid Sydney 2016 package tours. This is one event you must visit once in your lifetime!

Vivid Sydney, now in its eighth year is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas and is owned, managed and produced by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. Vivid Sydney runs from Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June 2016. For more information visit

For flying to Sydney from Malaysia, you can check out Singapore Airlines. Singapore Airlines operates 31 weekly flights to Sydney on their Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200ER, Airbus A330 and Airbus A380 aircrafts. Thus, must not forget also their KrisWorld inflight entertainment system and top class cabin crew services.

SilverKris Lounge in KLIA

We checked in the SilverKris Lounge in KLIA which is reopened recently on 5th February 2016. It is a quiet and comfortable lounge with food, snacks and drinks.

Snacking at SilverKris Lounge in KLIA

We had a little snack at the SilverKris Lounge while waiting for our Singapore Airlines flight. Thus, we also enjoy the cozy sofas as well as the long tables good for savy and business travellers.

Enjoying my flight in Singapore Airlines in A380. Love the inflight entertainment!

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*Pictures are sourced from DNSW

20 thoughts on “8 Reasons to Visit Vivid Sydney 2016

  1. WOW Amazing rendered images lah, teknoloi nowadays so canggih and so many creative people out there… I suka sangat : Songlines – render impression by Artists in Motion inspired by Artist Karla Dickens
    .. I tak tahu nak pergi sydne lagi atau tak mungkin suatu hari..

  2. Oh i miss Sydney. Reading your article indeed bring back good memories for me. Non the less, the food looks awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sydney is awesome. Have always wanted to go there; to the museum exhibit especially. Looks really great 🙂

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