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The top things to see at Vivid Sydney 2019

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We've handpicked some of the best features to check out. Source: Vivid Sydney

It’s almost that time of year again, when Sydney transforms into the city of lights.

Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, is set to transform the emerald city this winter from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June.

The festival, now in its eleventh year, is spread out across the city, with incredible light installations, live music and thought-provoking talks on offer. As it’s one of the biggest events in Sydney’s social calendar, it can be a lot to take in. To make it easier, we’ve rounded up some of the festival’s best features.

We’ve put together a special Vivid package for the Travel at 60 community, including flights, accommodation and a dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Click here to learn more.

Austral Flora Ballet, Sydney Opera House

World famous Chinese-American filmmaker and artist Andrew Thomas Young will transform the Sydney Opera House sails with Austral Flora Ballet. Young’s artwork will bring Australia’s native plants and flowers to life through a hypnotic fusion of contemporary dance and technology.

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The Harp of the City, Circular Quay

If you consider yourself a classic music connoisseur, then this interactive light show will no doubt blow your mind. The Harp of the City is a giant public instrument, made from 14 handcrafted harps that produce sound and light. Each of the harps’ six strings produces a different resonance and luminous response depending on the way it is played.

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Lights for the Wild, Taronga Zoo

Lights for the Wild at Taronga Zoo is always a highlight among kids and, this year, they’ll be greeted by an array of incredible installations and light sculptures. From a swarm of tiny buzzing bees to a vividly-coloured sea turtle, the luminous creatures will not only enchant but also shed light on the conservation status of the featured animals.

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Harbour cruises

If crowds aren’t your thing, see the lights from a whole different perspective by sailing on the harbour. Most cruises leave from King Street Wharf in Darling Harbour and pass under the Harbour Bridge towards the Sydney Opera House, giving you a chance to see some of the festival’s best light installations up close. And, as an added bonus, you’ll hardly have to walk anywhere.

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Vivid Live

For three weeks Vivid Live, an annual contemporary music festival as part of Vivid Music, takes over Sydney’s biggest stages. Taking place across all six venues at the Sydney Opera House, it showcases some of the best Australian and international musical acts. As already announced, headlining the festival are British alternative-rock group The Cure. Meanwhile, this year’s lineup also includes Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly and rock band Dirty Three, just to name a few.

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Eager to see Vivid up close this year? Click here to learn more about our easy fly-and-stay package, complete with a harbour dinner cruise so you can see the spectacular light show up close!

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