Vivid Sydney 2013 opening night. Source: Vivid Sydney website.
This annual festival of light, arts and colour comes to light up the lives of Sydney at the end of May each year. All of these images were taken on the very first weekend night of Vivid Sydney 2013, on the 25th of May. The second night in that sees this festival into a two-week period, and then it's long weekend time. Sydney, we are spoilt. After all we work for it, so we might as well enjoy it.
Sydney siders are in vogue with each other on the first opening weekend, in what feels like an outdoor nightclub, to a certain degree. There are many group buying sites promoting Vivid Sydney cruises to celebrate this annual event of style, chicness, Sydney, and an awesome life Sydney siders do indeed enjoy. We relish.
Welcome to Vivid Sydney. Full colour technics kick us out of our homes, and help us smash those winter blues, and before we know it, half of June is already gone, albeit half of the year, and amen to that, the busiest time of year for many of us.
You do not know what to expect every year except colour, colour, and more colour. Even if you're not the creative type; as long as you have an appreciation for Sydney and Sydney Life (which, I'm sure you do, otherwise you would not be reading this far), then you'll be in heaven.
Lighting up the MCA
Start off (after grabbing a quick bite to eat) anywhere in Pitt Street Mall, and the musical entertainment succumbs to your senses at night to begin with. Furthermore, a taste of Vivid Sydney is already enjoyed, as some overhead lights change colour. This is the warm up walk to Circular Quay. Thank you Vivid Sydney for some much needed exercise, for all of us. On a more personal account, thank you Vivid Sydney for allowing me to celebrate ten full months as a full-time Sydney resident. It's all so numb.
Hey, even the NAB building in George Street near the Establishment is lighting itself up like a rainbow come 6pm most nights, and even on a Saturday night. The fun begins at Circular Quay.
Outside a building that doesn't even look like a building now
Around the First Fleet Park area, the kids relish their colourful playground. The newly renovated Museum of Contemporary Art lights up, and so do the cruise ships at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at any given moment. So do the crowds. Be prepared, Circular Quay train station can be mayhem at any weekend night during this festival of light, and especially in the beginning. The Sydney Opera House is delightful, and overhearing a few ladies outside Customs House say "This building just doesn't look like a building at all" really hits the epitome of Vivid Sydney home. That's the point.
Taking in the views of the Sydney Opera House come lights on time from 6pm onwards, it is awesome (albeit simply and elegantly prosperous) to come back into the city on a Manly Ferry. It's affordable too. Plenty of options. Not to be missed.
Where: In the city. Circular Quay, The Rocks and Darling Harbour are the hotspots.
Why: An annual festival of light, art and colour. It comes once a year, and sticks around for about two weeks.
Cost: Free, and some events as part of Vivid Live are ticketed.
When: 24th of May - 10th of June every year.
Good for kids: Absolutely. Families are encouraged to hang around Circular Quay and Darling Harbour to enjoy.