June 4, 2016


Vivid Sydney 2015, Media Preview at Customs House 21/5/2015. Photo Credit - James Horan/Destination NSW

Photo Credit – James Horan/Destination NSW

Now in its eighth year, Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, is currently delighting Sydneysiders and visitors, with its light installations and projections that are transforming landmarks and city buildings into illuminated items of beauty.

Over the past years Vivid has proved to be so popular that this year, the festival has been extended, and now runs until 18 June 2016.

 Picture Credit James Horan/ Destination NSW

Picture Credit James Horan/ Destination NSW

To experience Vivid in all its glory and to view the larger light installations from a different perspective, one of the best ways is to watch the projections and changing colours from a cruise on Sydney Harbour. FantaSea Cruises run up to five cruises each evening in a round trip from Darling Harbour, away from the crowds, in comfortable surroundings, visitors are able to see the main Vivid precincts – Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Lights, The Royal Botanical Gardens, Luna Park and Walsh Bay.

There are more than 80 light installations and projections on display in the main precincts, including a new site in The Royal Botanic Gardens that has a 60 metre long tunnel illuminated by tens of thousands of LED lights.

Cruising under the Sydney Harbour Bridge with its display of cascading light given off from the 100,000 LED lights should prove to be an unforgettable experience. As the Opera House comes into view, the artwork of six Indigenous Australian artists, in a work called Songlines, will be projected each evening.

Sailing past The Royal Botanic Gardens, which is celebrating its 200th birthday this year, one of the highlights of the cruise will come into view. The Cathedral of Light consists of a 70 metre long tunnel that is illuminated by tens of thousands of LED light globes. When viewed from a distance, this installation appears as a single solid shape of bright light that illuminates its surroundings.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is always one of the best attractions at Vivid. Looking westward, its true grandeur comes to the fore, showing off its constantly changing palette of coloured lights.

DSC09175Cruising back up to Walsh Bay the happy face of Luna Park comes into view before turning into Darling Harbour.

FantaSea Cruises depart Darling Harbour (Pier 26, Wharf 9) each Sunday to Thursday at 6pm & 7.30pm and on Friday & Saturday at 6pm, 7.30pm & 9pm.

From Darling Harbour (King Street Wharf 9) the cruises depart each Sunday to Thursday at 6.45pm and on Friday & Saturday at 6.45pm & 8.15pm (4,10,11,17,18 June). www.fantasea.com.au – 1800 326 822

The FantaSea Vivid cruises run for 75 minutes duration but for those who desire a different experience, they provide other creative and flexible harbour cuises, from water taxis to the large comfortable catamarans.

Vivid runs every night until 18 June 2016, no matter what the weather conditions.

Sandra Tiltman



May 30, 2015

EORA Bangarra Vivid Sydney2015 Photo by Tiffany Parker

Each evening when the city lights up for Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, the southern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge will feature a spectacular projection of contemporary dance and Eora history, thanks to a partnership between Bangarra Dance Theatre and the University of Sydney.

Visitors, along with Sydneysiders can discover Sydney’s Aboriginal history through EORA, a three minute video, visible nightly from 6pm to midnight for the duration of Vivid Sydney which runs until 8 June. Created by Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page and Head of Design Jacob Nash, EORA stars Bangarra dancers Kaine Sultan-Babij and Nicola Sabatino.

The work was created in celebration and continuation of Eora knowledge. “Following the re-awakening of Patyegarang last year with our first video projection on the pylon, we wanted to reclaim this significant place that is Dawes Point by continuing the sharing and celebration of the Eora. We invite people to cast their mind back to just a few hundreds years ago and re-imagine the place we live on today. We look forward to many more years of celebration of our culture”,
 Stephen Page said.

EORA will also be projected on the University of Sydney’s famous quadrangle facade.

Sandra Tiltman  


May 22, 2014

Vivid Sydney 2012 - Captain Cook cruises

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

Vivid 2013 Concept DrawingsDuring 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.

Sandra Tiltman