Better Late Than Never — Vivid Sydney Is Back In 2021, Only This Time In August

After being cancelled in 2020 due to you-know-what, Vivid Sydney is back in 2021 — promising to transform the city into an oasis of creativity, innovation and technology.

Featuring spectacular art displays and 3D projections from local and international artists, as well as an awesome line-up of musical talent, the festival will run from Friday 6 to Saturday 28 August.

Now in its 12th year, the annual event sees the streets, buildings and various venues of Sydney transformed into large-scale art installations that draw huge crowds and firmly position the Harbour City as the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific.

In anticipation of the event, two showstopping Countdown Clocks — to count down each day to the festival’s Lights On moment — have been installed to mark the final hundred days until the VIVID comes to life once more.

According to an official press statement, “The Countdown Clocks, a first in the 12-year history of the event, were designed by Vivid Light Curator Lucy Keeler and will be located in First Fleet Park, The Rocks and Wulugul Walk, Barangaroo. Sydney visitors can check out these Insta-worthy timepieces, capture a selfie and share on social media using #vividsydney.”

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Of course, this year the festival will have to go ahead without its usual influx of international visitors but is still expected to generate much-needed revenue. For reference, the 2019 iteration attracted over 2 million visitors and contributed millions of dollars to the NSW economy.

Like most events these days, Vivid Sydney aims to be as eco-conscious as possible with sustainability initiatives including the purchase of verified carbon offsets, the use of efficient LED technologies, promotion of public transport, waste minimisation, electronic ticketing and social inclusion.

At 6 pm each night during the festival architecture in spaces such as The Rocks, Circular Quay, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Darling Harbour and Luna Park will be illuminated by captivated by the inspiring art installations, bringing sorely-missed creative life back into the Emerald City.

Festival Director Gill Minervini said this year’s program offers a multitude of reasons for visitors to return throughout the festival, including a number of first-time program inclusions.

“This year, Vivid Sydney will deliver fresh experiences for our festival-goers to enjoy. For the first time ever, the waters of Cockle Bay in Darling Harbour will come alive as a floating Light Walk incorporating a large-scale artwork called Ephemeral from Sydney-based design studio Atelier Sisu,” Minervini said.

“The façade of Customs House, one of the city’s most iconic heritage buildings, will be brought to life with VORAX – an epic 3D tale of a mischievous thief’s rise to greatness from Hong Kong’s Treacle Media. And in The Rocks, artist Brad Robson and Esem Projects provide fascinating insight into the journey of creating Brad’s dynamic portraits through Point of View.” 

Vivid Sydney is the ultimate celebration of light, music and ideas and we truly cannot wait for it to take over Sydney’s streets once more.

More line-up details to come as they are announced.

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