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Vivid Sydney 2022: Your Guide to the Epic Events Lighting Up Sydney this Winter

When it's cold outside, Vivid is the hottest ticket in town. Here are the unmissable events.

Vivid (@_danieltran_)
Vivid (@_danieltran_)

It may be cold outside but Vivid is the hottest ticket in town, and after a two-year hiatus, Vivid is back to light up the night with it’s epic line-up of events. Running from Friday 27th May until Saturday 18th June, you can expect almost 250 amazing events. Undoubtedly the best thing to do this winter in Sydney, Vivid is a tribute to our epic city with events are themed around light, music and ideas.

We’re so excited to see Vivid come back to town. Here are our picks of unmissable events from this years Vivid programme.

Vivid Sydney 2022 Events: Light

The Gallery, Vivid
The Gallery, Vivid
The Gallery

Just outside Crown Sydney, the Wulugul Walk alongside the Barangaroo shoreline, will be transformed into a stunning light gallery with projections featuring art from First Nations and emerging artists from Western Sydney. The spectrum of colours and animations have been brought to us by the talented minds at Evans High School Blacktown, Chifley College Dunheved and Bidwill Campus and the Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation ‘Young Mums and Bubs’ group.

Like most of the CBDs projections, this event will be on every single night of the festival from 6pm until 11pm.

Barangaroo

For Sydney With Love
For Sydney With Love
For Sydney With Love

As all Sydneysiders will attest, Vivid is all about falling in love with our city and that is exactly what this visual feast from Ken Done is a tribute to. A master of colour, Ken Done, has been chronicling his love of Sydney for the last 80 years and this vibrant animation on the façade of Customs House is the culmination of this decades long celebration.

Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Sydney

Lighting of the Sails
Lighting of the Sails
Lighting of the Sails

One of Sydney’s most iconic events lighting up perhaps our most iconic building. In what has quickly become one of the most iconic Vivid events, each year an artist is commissioned to create an original artwork for projection onto the Sydney Opera House. Throughout the 2022 Vivid festival the sails will be illuminated by Yarrkalpa – Hunting Ground by the Martu Artists and Curiious and the strikingly vibrant painting will be accompanied with a soundtrack by Electric Fields and Martu Artists.

Sydney Opera House

Ephemeral Oceanic (Image Credit @sever8veter)
Ephemeral Oceanic (Image Credit @sever8veter)
Ephemeral Oceanic

Bubble, bubble, this art installation will have you feel like you’re floating on air. Step onto the floating boardwalk that weaves between 150 illuminated spheres lit from within boasting an enviable iridescent flow. Perhaps the most Instagrammable event of the festival, this epic installation makes the view from Walsh Bay feel even more iconic!

Walsh Bay

Vivid House
Vivid House
Vivid House

This 360-degrees sensory experience literally puts you in the thick of Vivid with a series of visual and sonic experiences. With three unique zones begin by walking through A Floating World an ever-changing sonic painting which will leave you entranced, Progressum plays with out perceptions of spatial awareness as subtle glows and twinkles blossom into dramatic lighting arcs and then finish at Temple of Joy an ode to Sydney’s rave culture and the joy it fosters.

1-25 Harbour Street, Darling Quarter, Sydney

Sydney Infinity
Sydney Infinity
Sydney Infinity

Brace yourself for the biggest liquid and light show ever seen in Australian history. This vast scale will see 48 water cannons shoot nine tonnes of water in the air every single second. Purposely built for Vivid, Darling Harbour will turn into a fountain with two tightly choreographed shows pairing dancing water with a cascade of chromatic lights.

Darling Harbour

Wild Lights at Taronga
Wild Lights at Taronga
Wild Lights at Taronga

A treat for the young and the young at heart, this event is Taronga Zoo as you’ve never seen it before! Starting at 5:30pm and running until 9:30pm every night, this event is guaranteed to capture the imagination of littlies with larger-than-life representations of creatures from the land, sky and sea. Head here for tickets.

Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman

Wednesdays – Sundays throughout Vivid, 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Tickets from $24.26. Head here.

Vivid Sydney 2022 Events: Music

Mary's Underground
Mary's Underground
Vivid Supper Club

They say life is a cabaret and, on Friday and Saturday nights throughout Vivid, so too is Mary’s Underground. From 10pm, host-slash-diva Trevor Ashley will host a curated program of jazz, cabaret, burlesque and comedy acts in our new favourite subterranean supper club. So, if you’re in the mood for a night cap, why not come to the cabaret, old chum! Head here for tickets.

Mary’s Underground, 29 Reiby Place, Sydney

Friday and Saturday, 10pm – 1am

Tickets from $54. Head here for tickets

Astral People
Astral People
Astral People

Iconic location, iconic line-up, hands down, an iconic gig. Astral People are bringing a massive line-up for local and international talent together for a killer two day set on the Sydney Opera House’s Northern Board walk. Expect the city to shake with night one bringing  Melbourne-based, Grammy-nominated Hiatus Kaiyote and South London jazz-fusionist Yussef Dayes to the stage and Coventry rapper JAY1, S1mba and hometown hero Briggs closing out the mind-blowing two-day party. Head here for tickets.

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point

Friday 3rd June – Saturday 4th June, 5pm - 10pm

Tickets from $89. Head here for tickets.

ACO Underground: Back to Reality
ACO Underground: Back to Reality
ACO Underground: Back to Reality

Chamber music gets experimental as the ACO teams up with contemporary voices and talents for their first gig at the brand new home of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, The Neilson, in Walsh Bay. Classical music lovers won’t want to miss the unique marriage of the old and the new at this never-before-seen, one-night-only performance. Head here for tickets.

The Neilson, ACO Pier 2/3, Hickson Road

Saturday 4th June, 8pm – 9:15pm

Tickets from $65. Head here for tickets.

Tumbalong Nights Vivid
Tumbalong Nights Vivid
Ngaiire + Maina Doe + Becca Hatch + Ms Thandi @ Tumbalong Nights

Sydney’s got soul and these four epic artists are here to prove it! This free (!!!) performance sees neo-soul sensation Ngaiire bring her effortless brand of pop, RnB to the state as well as Maina Doe, known for her boldly experimental RnB-meets-hip-hop tunes, Eora Nation-based Becca Hatch who leans into her Samoan and indigenous heritage with her gospel means island-cool sounds and – last but not least – Ms Thandi, a relative newcomer who is known for her soulful, sensual sound! And, did we mention it’s free?

Tumbalong Park, 11 Harbour Street

Saturday 11th June, 6pm – 10pm

Vivid Sydney 2022 Events: Ideas

Gretchen Carlson and Lisa Wilkinson
Gretchen Carlson and Lisa Wilkinson
Gretchen Carlson and Lisa Wilkinson on Speaking Out

Trailblazing author and activist, Gretchen Carlson- whose story was told in the film Bombshell – will be in conversation with Lisa Wilkinson in town hall to talk all things feminism, activism, journalism and share stories of breaking glass ceilings and silence alike. Head here for tickets.

Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney

Sunday 29th May, 1pm – 2:30pm

Tickets from $40. Head here for tickets.

Troye Sivan on Beauty Art and Fluidity
Troye Sivan on Beauty Art and Fluidity
Troye Sivan on Beauty, Art and Fluidity

Troye Sivan, local-talent and all-round legend, will be in conversation with Flex Mami at Sydney Town Hall. Join them for an intimate conversation as Troye reveals his take on beauty, creativity, fluidity and queer politics. Alongside internet-darling Flex Mami, they will talk pushing boundaries and bending the rules. Head here for tickets.

Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney

Sunday 29th May, 5pm – 6:30pm

Tickets from $40. Head here for tickets.

Aaron Sorkin and Leigh Sales Talk Drama and Politics
Aaron Sorkin and Leigh Sales Talk Drama and Politics
Aaron Sorkin and Leigh Sales Talk Drama and Politics

Whether or not you agree that The West Wing is one of the best bingeable TV shows ever made (it is), you’ll be in for a treat with this interview between Aaron Sorkin – one of the world’s most recognisable director, screenwriter and playwright – and ABC’s own Leigh Sales. Known for the award-winning series The West Wing and The Newsroom and incisive films like The Social Network, A Few Good Men, The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Being the Ricardos, Sorkin is speaking at Vivid as part of their Global Storytellers series. We can’t wait for this one! Head here for tickets.

State Theatre, 49 Market Street, Sydney

Wednesday 1st June, 7pm – 8:30pm

Tickets from $40. Head here for tickets.

Great Australian Character Building
Great Australian Character Building
Great Australian Character Building

Australian television is experiencing a bit of a renaissance thanks to our talented local storytellers. Four of the very best Marta Dusseldorp, Pallavi Sharda, Brian Walsh and Leah Purcell will be sharing their expertise at a panel on diversity and the art of character development in the UTS Great Hall. Head here for tickets.

UTS Great Hall, Tower Building, Ultimo

Saturday 4th June, 4pm – 6pm

Tickets from $15. Head here for tickets.

The Business of Baz
The Business of Baz
The Business of Baz

Baz Lurhmann, whose new film Elvis is premiering as part of Vivid, is a man who needs no introduction. From a childhood in Sydney’s surf-soaked Northern Beaches, Baz has been rocketed to the heights of Hollywood thanks to his masterful storytelling. In conversation with Marc Fennell, Baz will be talking through his meteoric rise through the film industry as well as all things Elvis. Head here for tickets.

State Theatre, 49 Market Street, Sydney

Sunday 5th June, 3pm – 4pm

Tickets from $50. Head here for tickets.

Are You Pulling My Leg?
Are You Pulling My Leg?
Are You Pulling My Leg?

It’s seriously no joke just how funny these comedians are! Headlined by Bec Charlwood and featuring Robyn Reynolds, John Robles, Jamal Abdul and Lily Starr, and hosted by award-winning comedian Madeleine Stewart, this line-up boasts some of Australia’s funniest comedians with a disability or who are chronically ill. Head here for tickets.

UTS, The Balcony Room, Level 5, Tower Building, Ultimo

Thursday 16th June, 6:30pm – 8pm

Tickets from $30. Head here for tickets.

For more information or to plan your visit, check out the official Vivid 2022 website.