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Greenlit stairs leading up to the Concert Hall during Vivid LIVE 2018.

Environmental Sustainability

In 2022, Vivid LIVE will be carbon neutral for the sixth time running since 2015. From changing up our day-to-day building operations to inviting our community to be a part of the process, we're sharing how we're taking environmental action as part of our commitment to the UN Global Goals.

Read more to see how you can get involved. 

How you can help

For the first time ever, we’re inviting our audiences to play an active part in our carbon neutral mission. When you purchase a ticket to see any acts in the fantastic Vivid LIVE lineup, you can choose to add $1 to your order to help us offset 100% of the festival’s emissions. 

We work with Greenfleet to support various tree-planting projects across New South Wales. Your $1 contribution will go towards rehabilitation in the Northern Rivers region to support local koala populations. 

Raring to get to your show? Consider leaving the car at home and taking public transport to reduce your footprint.

Waste not, want not

Feeding people is hard work but wasting food is even harder (for the environment). We’re working with OzHarvest to donate any surplus edible food and make sure that nothing goes to waste. 

Non-edible food waste will be sent to Earth Power where it will be put to work and become a green energy source. 

Waste Warriors - the heroes we didn't know we needed

In 2019, more than 70% of the waste generated during Vivid LIVE was reused or recycled. 

This year, we're working hard with our collaborators at Quayclean to beat that record by deploying a dedicated waste management team called Waste Warriors. You'll spot them roaming throughout the festival sorting through waste to ensure everything goes to its rightful place.

Thanks to the Waste Warriors, we're maximising our recycling rate and diverting recyclables from landfill. 

Phasing out single-use plastics

At all our indoor Vivid LIVE events you'll enjoy your drinks in reusable drinkware, and any food you order will be served on compostable or bamboo options where possible.

Make your actions count by bringing your own water bottle. You can stay hydrated with a number of hydration stations located across the Opera House site. 

Greening beyond the sails

We know sustainability extends beyond our site too. 

Artist flights and accommodation are also offset and more than ever before, we're providing "green" riders too. We're supplying artists with reusable water bottles and setting up water stations in dressing rooms as an alternative to single-use plastic bottled water. 

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