Sydney is ready to be transformed after dark, when Vivid lights up the city at 6pm to midnight each evening from 23 May to 9 June 2014. This unique free annual event of light, music and ideas, as well as outdoor lighting sculptures, promises to be even bigger and better than previous years.
Vivid brings many of our harbour city’s buildings to life with spectacular illuminations. Over the last couple of years, the sails of the Sydney Opera House have starred as a blank canvas for the projections, along with many of the buildings around Circular Quay and the Rocks.
As Vivid has grown over the years, many more buildings around the city have been included in the illuminated displays, such as Martin Place in the centre of the city and Darling Harbour. For the first time this year, many of the harbour’s cruise vessels, ferries and water taxis will be adorned with lights that change colour as they move into different sections of the harbour.
Attracting not only locals and visitors from inter-state, the word has now spread around the world. Vivid has become a major drawcard for overseas tourists, who are coming to Sydney, just to see this event. In previous years, the beginning of winter and cold nights saw a dwindling in tourism numbers, but this trend, thanks to Vivid, has been reversed
During Vivid, Captain Cook Cruises is offering a variety of ferry and dining cruises so passengers can see the city come alive, in a spectacular array of lights and projections across Sydney’s most famous landmarks. Cruises have been specially designed to complement the Vivid Light walk with over 60 interactive light installations from Sydney Cove, through The Rocks to Walsh Bay and Darling Harbour.
Captain Cook Cruises’ Head of Sales and Marketing, Richard Doyle commented “For the first time the harbour itself will become a canvas for brightly lit vessels that change colour as they cruise. The best place to see the harbour and the full display of lights and projections on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and on landmark buildings along the harbour foreshore is from the water”.
Cruises have been specially designed to complement the Vivid Light walk with over 60 interactive light installations from Sydney Cove, through The Rocks to Walsh Bay and Darling Harbour.
Vivid Light also features huge 3D digital mapping projections and lighting displays across city scrapes and landmark buildings including the Museum of Contemporary Art and Customs House.
Diners on the 5pm Vivid Dinner and Drinks Cruise which departs nightly from Jetty 6, Circular Quay will enjoy the spectacular moment as the Vivid lights turn on at 6pm. The cruise includes a delicious two course meal, plus an open bar of Tyrrell’s house sparkling or still wines, beer and soft drinks. After disembarking at Circular Quay, on the doorstep of the Vivid Light walk at 6.30pm, diners can immerse themselves in the amazing light installations.
To enhance the Vivid experience, representatives from Canon Australia will be around the Light Walk area to help answer any photographic questions.