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Planning your Vivid Sydney experience

From 25 May – 16 June, the  Sydney Opera House celebrates the 10th anniversary of Vivid LIVE, its annual centrepiece contemporary music program, part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

The Opera House is home to the Vivid LIVE contemporary music program and the stunning Lighting of the Sails, which this year features award-winning Australian artist Jonathan Zawada transforming the Opera House sails with Metamathemagical, a vibrant projected artwork of morphing digital sculptures inspired by Australian motifs across science, nature and culture. 

Vivid Sydney will switch on its lights each night from 6pm until 11pm

The busiest nights of the festival are expected to be Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, particularly each night of the long weekend (8 – 11 June). Major city road closures and extensive parking restrictions will be in place during the festival. The best way to travel is to leave the car at home and use public transport. 

Further information is provided below to help you plan your trip to the Sydney Opera House during Vivid Sydney.

Eat & Drink during Vivid

Inspired by Sydney’s kaleidoscope of colour and light will warm nights of Vivid Sydney exploration across the Opera House precinct.

Portside Sydney’s outdoor Illumination Bar menu features pulled brisket brioche sliders, spiced lamb pasties and signature Vivid cocktails like the bittersweet citrus-infused ‘Trip the Light Fantastic’. Open 5pm til late.

If you’re on the go, Portside’s Ilumaburger pop-up on the Forecourt has you covered with gourmet toasties, sweet treats and burgers like the ‘Southern Belle’ with spiced chicken and slaw. Open 6pm til late.

Opera Bar nights will be filled with neon light, with colourful Vivid Sydney-inspired cocktails ‘Electric Blue’, ‘Red Night’ & ‘Orange Glow’ accompanied by a neon trio of beetroot hummus, kalamata tapenade, rocket and spinach pesto dips. Available 25 May to 16 June.

Plan your trip to the Opera House during Vivid Sydney 

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