In a 23 day celebration of art, culture and technology, VIVID Sydney leaves any creative brainiac spoilt for choice with a myriad of shows and activities to get stuck into this month.
The annual event boasts the world’s largest outdoor art gallery with light installations and projections throughout the city, an insane amount of local and international musicians, and talks from a number of awe-inspiring professionals in all corners of the industry.

VIVID is set to bring together some of the most innovative minds in art, music, and creative industries alike transforming Sydney into an arts and culture hub.

With an abundance of free and affordable events, there is something to tickle even the most money-challenged uni student’s fancy (put down your bowl of Mi Goreng, you know who you are).
What more could you want?

Kicking off on the 27th of May (hey, that’s today! Woo) here are our top picks sure to get your feet tappin’ and your brain tickin’.

MUSIC: Visions Festival

After a successful two years, Sydney music night Visions has stepped up its game announcing the first edition of Visions festival in conjunction with VIVID Sydney.
The event spans over two venue’s – Freda’s and The Lord Gladstone, showcasing some of the best local
psychedelic, garage rock, alternative and electronic acts that the city has to offer.
Curated by Deep Sea Arcade and supported by Jack Daniels, Visions Festival is host to a killer line up including Kirin J Callinan, Montaigne, and Gideon Bensen.
The free event won’t break the bank, but is limited to availability on the night so get in early!

When? 4 June
Where? Freda’s / The Lord Gladstone
How much? Free!

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MUSIC: Ignite, Symphonic Dance Anthems

Fancy yourself as a dance music connoisseur? Prepare your ears as your favourite dance classics are flipped on their head by DJ Dan Murphy and The Sydney Youth Orchestra.
Worlds collide as classical music and modern dance anthems combine to create a re-imagined trip through dance music history from the 90’s through to today.
Never before seen in Sydney, this unique event will not disappoint.

5 June
Where? Sydney Recital Hall
How much? From $79


LIGHT: I Love You

Created by Australian artists Selena Griffith, Edison Chen, Nila Rezaei, and Nathan Adler, I LOVE YOU is an interactive ‘love-o-metre’ smack bang in the middle of circular quay.
The giant illuminated heart is set upon a stage, providing a romantic (and hilarious) activity for you and your significant other that won’t cost you a cent, phew!
Whether it’s the love of your life or an adventurous tinder date (we’re not judging), bring your partner on to a stage for all to witness as you declare your love for one another at the top of your lungs.
the louder you shout, the brighter and more colourful the heart becomes.
This fun and interactive installation is nothing short of adorable.

When? 27 May – 18 June
Where? Circular quay
How much? Free!

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LIGHT: Cathedral of Light

Inspired by the arched windows of a cathedral, UK artist Mandylights creates a stunning installation sure to leave you mesmerized.
The 70-metre long tunnel illuminated by tens of thousands of led lights is a spectacle both inside and out, designed to be viewed from all perspectives.
Walk through the tunnel and experience it from the inside as it evokes feelings of warmth and intimacy.
Alternatively, the Cathedral of Light illuminates its surroundings from the outside radiating soft light from all angles.

When? 27 May – 18 June
Where? The Royal Botanic Garden
How much? Free!


IDEAS: REMIX Sydney 2016 Summit

Celebrating the collaboration process between creative fields, REMIX Global Summits bring together leading professionals from a number of industries to explore the innovative ideas and concepts changing the future of arts and technology.
REMIX Sydney is the regional summit for Asia Pacific with over 75 guest speakers from across the globe sharing their words of wisdom.
This year’s summit is supported by partners including Google, Bloomberg, Destination NSW, City of Sydney, Arts NSW and many more.
With a huge number of inspiring individuals available for a chat, come along and pick some brains at the REMIX Sydney 2016 summit.

When? 2 June – 3 June
Where? Sydney Town Hall
How much? From $195

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IDEA: Unfocused

Presented as part of Canon’s online content series The Lab, this event is surely one for the photographically gifted.
A panel of photographers and image-makers band together to discuss the concept of creative freedom and stepping outside of convention.
Discover how a talented group of artists challenged the creative norm and in turn what they found and created in the process.

12 June
Where? Museum of Contemporary Art
How much? From $35

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For more about what is on this year at VIVID Sydney including event info, dates, and tickets, visit their website at