Ever since one can remember, people have been drawn to light. This year’s Vivid Sydney 2019 light festival proves the theory. For three weeks, the Australian city is again bathed in the most fabulous lights imaginable and the latest technology to display color, light, and sound in public spaces.
The city’s largest event illuminates iconic buildings such as the Opera House and the Custom House every night at six o’clock from May 24 to June 16, 2019. What once started as a promotion for energy efficiency has become one of the biggest open-air light galleries in the world.
Artists and designers from all over the world present their latest immersive light installations and projects on some of the city’s most prominent structures in the central business district. Others take the opportunity to perform, exchange ideas, and give public talks, or play some music.
The 2019 line-up at the Opera House that is bathed in the lights of ‘Austral Flora Ballet’ by Chinese-American artist Andrew Thomas Huang and the animation design team Bemo includes The Cure and Herbie Hancock.
Apart from the music and the talks at Vivid Sydney 2019, the buildings and its temporary colorful clothes and covers are the real attraction. Not to miss is the Custom House sporting ‘Under the Harbour’, an under-the-sea kaleidoscope of color populated with neon sea creatures. Or the Rocks at Argyle Cut that showcases Pixar’s debut at the festival and its technological evolution of animation projections. Projected onto the roof of the tunnel, visitors have a chance to lay down on the closed road to experience a truly immersive experience.
Although Vivid Sydney 2019 is completely free to visit and roam the streets, a few installations require an entry fee that is well worth the price to get close. At the Taronga Zoo, the display ‘Lights for the Wild’ is an exhibition of 24 larger than life lanterns. It includes a group of three Sumatra Tiger cubs depicting the real tiger babies that were born in January this year.
A great way to take in all the lights and sights is to hop on one of the many cruises in Darling Harbour or Barangaroo to experience world-class sailing, fine dining, and the unique views of the lights that brighten the night and the viewers’ hearts.
It would be a pity to keep the highly technical and innovative light displays just in mind and not commit it a digital (or other) camera. However, photographing lights, bright and colorful lights at night time is not an easy task. During the festival, photography tours and classes with professional photographers are offered to find the best spots and the right timing to capture the colorful Sydney wonderland.
Check out the lights from last year’s festival.
Source: Photos are courtesy of Vivid Sydney 2019