So you are keen to check out Sydney’s Vivid Festival? You are in luck.
If you like food, wine, amazing views & best of all a chance to get out & about & feel the buzz – you are in the right place!
The Festival runs from the 27th May – 18th June & the best part about it… well, you can experience it in exactly the way you want to.
The festival is an exploratory insight into creativity & art via immersive light instillations & projections. Sydney city, especially The Rocks, The Botanical Gardens, Sydney Harbour & the waterways are just exploding with colour right now!!
The lights start blazing from 6pm, so make sure you get there just before to watch the city come alive.
Start at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
The MCA is open Thurs-Sun from 5-9pm, so arrive early for a browse through the gallery before it gets dark.
The museum contains Australian and international contemporary art exhibits, including a collection of Aboriginal Art. Its gorgeous & right now they have incredible works including an interactive letter sharing piece where you can write an open letter & leave it for others to read or a closed letter to be sealed forever. My personal favourite was the light instillation work (how fitting) pictured below.
OK. Its 6pm.
QUICK head up to the Galleries ‘Sculpture Terrace’ a (relatively unknown) roof top bar on level 4 for 360 degree view of Sydney Harbour. You have an elevated prime position, but you can still hear & feel the buzz below.
Now its time to head down into The Rocks. I implore you to wander, don’t look at the map – just find your own way around. You will be amazed at what you find. There are instillations everywhere.
I’m sure by now you are getting thirsty…
Head over to the opposite side of the Harbour for a slightly different view of the Sydney Opera House – the walk will take around 10 mins. When you arrive you will be greeted by a blast of native & contemporary projections (I challenge you not to take a million photos).
The waters edge is packed with dining options, but my personal favourite is ‘Opera Bar,’ perched right beside the huge wings of the Opera House it has a truly unique view over the Harbour, including the Harbour Bridge & is completely waterfront. Enjoy a drink, shuck some oysters if you like & get ready for another stroll..
Swing around to the right bound for the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney & make your way through the ‘Cathedral of light’.
Stop for a wine & cheese plate at the Gardens pop up bar before heading on. Give yourself at least an hour to explore the stunning waterfront gardens which play host to interactive & just down right beautiful instillations.
Me & my best friend Shara absolutely loving the Cathedral of Light in the Royal Botanical Gardens.