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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.

Newtown’s bluesy local The Midnight Special transform the Concert Hall Northern Foyer into a gleaming world of black and gold glamour for this year's Vivid LIVE bar takeover. Goldie's Music Hall is free to enter and open from 6pm - late.

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 ‘Blue’, ‘Red’ & ‘Orange’ accompanied by a neon trio of beetroot hummus, kalamata tapenade, rocket and spinach pesto dips. Available 25 May to 16 June.

Head down to Opera Kitchen to soak up the views and try their bright Vivid glowing cocktail or warm up with their Lamington hot chocolate. Available 25 May to 16 June.

Samsung - The Night. Reimagined.

Located on the Sydney Opera House Forecourt as part of Vivid Sydney, ‘The Night. Reimagined’ is a spiralling aperture inspired installation of light and shadows. Take part in an immersive light experience and journey through the night and beyond with thanks to Samsung, Principal Partner of Sydney Opera House.

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Plan your trip to the Opera House during Vivid Sydney 

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