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Vivid Sydney is transforming The Rocks with light, music and ideas.

25 May to 16 June
6pm-11pm
The Rocks, NSW, 2000
www.vividsydney.com

Vivid Sydney is transforming The Rocks with light, music and ideas. The festival that dazzles Sydney is back for its tenth year for 23 days and nights. From Friday 25 May to Saturday 16 June, Vivid Sydney will turn the city into a gigantic outdoor art gallery, alive with colourful light design.

Right at the heart of the action is The Rocks. Here, you can discover playful, thought-provoking installations along the Vivid Light Walk, witness the spectacular lighting of the Opera House sails, or immerse yourself in invigorating talks at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).

Take time out for refreshments in one of The Rocks’ renowned cafes, restaurants or bars. Then, shop under the stars for eclectic, speciality wares at The Rocks Night Markets.

It’s a joyous extravaganza—the biggest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Gaze upon large-scale light installations and projections. Hear performances by some of the best musicians in Australia and the world. Sink your teeth into a smorgasbord of creative ideas, discussion and debate. Visit vividsydney.com for more details.

Make the most of Vivid and stay in The Rocks. It is the ideal place to base yourself, with its heady mix of heritage and contemporary architecture, and prime position to explore all that Vivid Sydney has to offer. View our accommodation packages below to plan the perfect night's stay.

 

Bombay Sapphire x MCA pop-up bar: Vivid Sydney
Bombay Sapphire x MCA pop-up bar: Vivid Sydney
25 May to 16 June
5pm-9pm

As the temperature drops, head to the MCA’s rooftop Sculpture Terrace and get your Vivid Sydney views served with an incredible list of gin-infused cocktails.  The simmering ‘Winter Warmer in Laverstoke’ will be served...

Vivid Sydney at the Glenmore
Vivid Sydney at the Glenmore
25 May to 16 June
Daily
The Glenmore Hotel

The Glenmore’s famous rooftop will be the perfect place to get a bird’s eye view of the spectacular Vivid Sydneylights. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay and the CBD.  

Fairytale inspired Vivid Sydney Cocktails at The Push
Fairytale inspired Vivid Sydney Cocktails at The Push
25 May to 16 June
5pm-11pm
The Push

Open your eyes to mind-bending colour and enter a dark and twisted fairytale at The Push during Vivid Sydney festival. With cocktails inspired by your favourite damsels and villains, and live music four nights a week,...

Vivid Sydney at Appetito
Vivid Sydney at Appetito
25 May to 16 June
Daily
Appetito

Head to Appetito Pizza.Pasta.Bar for the very best Italian cuisine. They have been serving traditional Italian favourites in The Rocks since 2011, sharing their passion for fresh quality produce with thousands of local...

Vivid Sydney at Endeavour Tap Rooms
Vivid Sydney at Endeavour Tap Rooms
25 Mayto16 June
Daily
25 Mayto16 June
Daily
Endeavour Tap Rooms

Endeavour Tap Rooms is located in the heart of The Rocks and the best spot to be throughout the Vivid Sydney festival. It's only a short stroll from their front door step to the harbour foreshore to catch all the light...

Vivid Sydney at Fortune of War
Vivid Sydney at Fortune of War
25 May to 16 June
6pm-11pm
Fortune of War

LIGHTS, MUSIC, DINING, BEER! Planning on exploring the VIVID Light Walk through The Rocks and Circular Quay? Rest your feet and enjoy a delicious meal at the First Fleet Bistro at Fortune of War. Open all day and late...

Vivid Sydney at The Australian
Vivid Sydney at The Australian
25 May to 16 June
from Daily
The Australian Heritage Hotel

Enjoy alfresco dining at The Australian Heritage Hotel under the shining lights of Vivid Sydney. They'll be serving up all your Aussie favourites, including their famous gourmet pizzas and delicious craft beers. If you...

Vivid Sydney at The Rawson
Vivid Sydney at The Rawson
25 May to 16 June
Daily
The Rawson

Drop in to the The Rawson during your Vivid Sydney visit and you'll find something for everyone! For dinner, you can't go past their bar classics including burgers, pizzas and fish & chips. Or try their insta-worthy...

Vivid Sydney Dinner at Altitude
Vivid Sydney Dinner at Altitude
Friday 25 May 2018 to Saturday 16 June 2018
Altitude Restaurant

Bask in the spectacular techni-coloured views of wonder that is the Vivid Sydney Festival of light, perched...

Vivid Cocktails at Blu Bar on 36
Vivid Cocktails at Blu Bar on 36
Friday 25 May 2018 to Saturday 16 June 2018
Blu Bar on Level 36

Care to delight in the spectacular techni-colour sights of Vivid Sydney’s harbour glow high in the sky at Blu...

Vivid Sydney Dinner at Cafe Mix
Friday 25 May 2018 to Saturday 16 June 2018
Café Mix, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Immerse yourself in Sydney’s glorious celebration of light, the Vivid Sydney Festival. Indulge in a luscious...

Vivid Sydney Dining and Drinks Specials
Vivid Sydney Dining and Drinks Specials
Friday 25 May 2018 to Saturday 16 June 2018
Mercantile Hotel

The Rocks comes alive with amazing light shows and live performances during Vivid Sydney and The Mercantile...

Kids Eat Free
Kids Eat Free, BBQ's & live music
Monday 28 May 2018 to Thursday 14 June 2018
The Observer Hotel

Monday - Thursday Bring the kids to The Observer before or after the Vivid Light Walk, for one free meal with...

$12 Roast Pork Roll
$12 Roast Pork Roll
Friday 25 May 2018 to Saturday 16 June 2018
Phillip's Foote

Phillip’s Foote is bringing back their famous Pork Roll with Crackling for the Fridays and weekends of Vivid...

Light the Night: Vivid Celebrations Cocktails
Light the Night: Vivid Celebrations Cocktails
Friday 25 May 2018 to Saturday 16 June 2018
Grain

To celebrate Vivid Sydney, Grain are shaking things up with a Light the Night experience in partnership with...

Free Scoop
Free scoop with any one flavour or two flavour purchase
Friday 25 May 2018 to Saturday 16 June 2018
Gelatissimo The Rocks

Light it up Gelatissimo! Purchase a small one flavour cup or cone and receive a scoop free or purchase a...

Early Bird Dining Offer
Early Bird Dining Offer
Monday 14 May 2018 to Saturday 16 June 2018
Scarlett Restaurant

Indulge in a unique Vivid Sydney dining experience at Scarlett Restaurant. Enjoy two-courses and a glass of...

Vivid Sydney Dining at Sake
Dine at Sake during Vivid Sydney for $55pp
Friday 25 May 2018 to Saturday 16 June 2018
Saké Restaurant & Bar

Before or after you explore the stunning Vivid Sydney displays of vibrant lights and colours, treat yourself...

Vivid Sydney Three-Course Dinner
Vivid Sydney Three-Course Dinner
Friday 25 May 2018 to Saturday 16 June 2018
Mode Kitchen & Bar

As the Vivid Sydney festival returns, for the first time Mode Kitchen & Bar will be showcasing their...

Vivid Sydney Dining at The Cut
Vivid Sydney dining at The Cut for $59pp
Friday 25 May 2018 to Saturday 16 June 2018
The Cut Bar & Grill

Head to The Cut Bar & Grill for fuel up before taking the Vivid Sydney Light Walk through The Rocks and for...

Cocktails at The Doss House
Cocktails at The Doss House
Friday 25 May 2018 to Saturday 16 June 2018
The Doss House

Visit The Doss House after viewing the amazing lights of Vivid festival, get cozy while sampling their series...

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The Rocks Night Markets
The Rocks Night Markets
25 May to 16 June
6pm-10pm

Feast on piping hot pizza just out of the oven or the best gozleme you’ve ever tasted at Playfair Street’s food stalls. Stop off on your way along Vivid’s Light Walk to fill up on delectable gourmet fare, including...

50% off Ayala Bar
50% off Ayala Bar
Tuesday 8 May 2018 to Saturday 16 June 2018
Hathi Jewellery

While strolling through the laneways on the Vivid Light Walk, stop in at Hathi Jewellery on Playfair street...

Complimentary Hand Spa Massage
Complimentary Hand Spa Massage
Friday 25 May 2018 to Saturday 16 June 2018
L'Occitane

Stop by L'Occitane for some relaxation before your Vivid Light Walk and enjoy a complimentary hand spa massage...

Free Canapé Plate
Free Canapé Plate
Friday 25 May 2018 to Saturday 16 June 2018
Squidinki

Take home a free Pier One Sydney Harbour canapé plate with all purchases over $50 at Squidinki during Vivid...

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Vivid Sydney package
Vivid Sydney package
Wednesday 28 February 2018 to Saturday 16 June 2018
Holiday Inn Old Sydney

Holiday Inn Old Sydney is located in the heart of Sydney harbour, where you’ll experience the absolute best of...

FREE Breakfast & at least 20% off accommodation
FREE Breakfast & at least 20% off accommodation
Saturday 19 May 2018 to Monday 4 June 2018
Holiday Inn Old Sydney

Stay at the Holiday Inn Old Sydney, in the heart of Vivid Sydney and with the best rooftop view of the light...

Exclusive Vivid Sydney Accommodation Package
Exclusive Vivid Sydney Accommodation Package
Friday 25 May 2018 to Saturday 16 June 2018
The Russell Boutique Hotel

Make the most of everything on offer at Vivid Sydney and book an exclusive Vivid Sydney package at The Russell...

Vivid Sydney Weekday Special
Vivid Sydney Weekday Special
Friday 25 May 2018 to Saturday 16 June 2018
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Revel in the vibrant sights of this year’s Vivid Sydney Festival from the comfort of your own room. Bask in...

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Snap Vivid Sydney in The Rocks and Win!

It’s that time of year when Vivid Sydney lights up The Rocks with colourful installations that soar across buildings and weave between laneways and there’s no shortage of beautiful images to brighten up your Instagram.

Wow The Rocks’ Facebook and Instagram followers with your best Vivid Sydney photos taken in The Rocks for the chance to be in the draw to win one of three amazing prize packages. To enter, simply follow us on Instagram (@therocks) and post your pics with #VividSydneyRocks. Multiple entries are permitted (and encouraged!).

The best ten photos will be put to a public vote on The Rocks’ Facebook and Instagram pages so don't forget to follow us to see if your pics have been chosen! The three photos with the most votes will win.


FIRST PRIZE

- One night at the Holiday Inn Old Sydney in a Queen Standard Room plus breakfast for two
- $100 voucher for The Observer Hotel


SECOND PRIZE

- One night at The Mercantile Hotel plus $100 to spend on food and drinks

THIRD PRIZE

- PaniQ Room voucher for four people
- Lunch or dinner for two at Phillip’s Foote


Entries open: Friday 25 May – midnight Tuesday 12 June
Voting opens: Wednesday 13 June until 12 noon Monday 18 June


By entering this competition you have read, understood and agreed to the Terms and Conditions.

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LIGHTS

Here's our list of must-see Vivid Sydney installations in The Rocks. All are free to view and illuminated from 6pm - 11pm every night starting Friday 25 May until Saturday 16 June.

For the full list of Vivid Sydney Light installations in The Rocks visit vividsydney.com.

Illuminosaurus

Illuminosaurus is not for the faint hearted. This awe-inspiring 3m-high dinosaur is captured in a moment of fierce pursuit... find out more

Fugu

Fugu introduces us to the notorious pufferfish, an unusual marine species containing a deadly toxin used to defend itself against predators... find out more

Eora - Dark Emu

EORA – Dark Emu is a large-scale projection, designed especially for the Sydney Harbour Bridge’s Southern Pylon, which marries Aboriginal history, dance, art and architecture in a striking visual aesthetic... find out more

Mystery Gateau

Mystery Gateau is a birthday cake that celebrates two important milestones: the 10th anniversary of Vivid Sydney and 10 years of the internationally renowned cooking show MasterChef Australia... find out more

Virtual Vibration

Virtual Vibration transforms the facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) with an evolving image that brings together the cheerful dissonance of psychedelia with the formal concerns of high modernism... find out more

1000 Cranes

1000 Cranes is inspired by an ancient Japanese legend: if a group of 1000 origami cranes (known in Japanese as senbazuru) are hung in one’s home it will act as a powerful and benevolent charm and bring good luck... find out more

Revive the Reef

In Revive the Reef, step into a magical underwater landscape and work with friends and strangers to unwind the pressures threatening the Reef. With each turn of the handle on illuminated coral, your surrounds will transform from bleached white to a kaleidoscope of colour... find out more

Harmony Valley - Rainbow of Peace & Trees of Friendship

Visitors are invited to interact with the Harmony Valley - Rainbow of Peace & Trees of Friendship sculpture by forming a human chain that connects with each end of the rainbow. That simple act of connection rewards participants by activating the sculpture, which springs into life with new sounds, animations and brilliant pulsing light... find out more

Luminous Flight

Luminous Flight suspends five brilliantly coloured kites above a small laneway. They are constructed from LED tubes and luminous fabric, with free-flowing tails that rustle in the wind giving the illusion of movement... find out more


Ideas

Join masterminds and creative catalysts for inspiration and future-shaping ideas at these key events in The Rocks.

For the full list of Vivid Sydney Ideas events in The Rocks visit vividsydney.com.

Good Design Festival
From Friday 25 May

The Good Design Showcase at the Overseas Passenger Terminal features projects by winners of the 2018 Good Design Awards as well as a retrospective of award-winning projects and significant examples of design from the last 60 years... find out more and get tickets

Future Fashion
Saturday 16 June
Tickets from $20

Join the conversation about fashioning a circular economy. It's time to focus on alternatives that choose eco-friendly materials, sustainable production and radically improved recycling. You’ll meet individuals and organisations that are working to disrupt the status quo of the fashion industry... find out more and get tickets

Sartorial: Fashion, Art and Technology
Saturday 16 June
Tickets from $92

sARTorial is a one-night event where fashion and art take computing beyond screen with light, colour and movement — part exhibition, part performance. Get up close and personal, interacting with models and their garments which respond to proximity, touch and sound. Step outside the familiar and into the future... find out more and get tickets

Designing our Future Homes in an Urban Landscape
Sunday 27 May
Free event

How do we rethink design in response to the pressures of urbanisation, our need for sustainability and the evolution of the way we live? Join experts from IKEA and leaders across interior design, sustainability, research and innovation to explore design-led approaches to creating better homes for a better future...
find out more and get tickets

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