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

24 Mayto15 June
24 Mayto15 June
24 Mayto15 June
24 Mayto15 June
The Rocks, NSW, 2000

Vivid Sydney is transforming The Rocks with light, music and ideas. The festival that dazzles Sydney is back for its eleventh year for 23 days and nights. From Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 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 Vivid Sydney for more details.

Getting here
Plan ahead and use public transport to travel to Vivid Sydney in The Rocks. View all transport options

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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 24 May until Saturday 15 June.

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

Pixar” 30 Years of Art and Animation

"Pixar” 30 Years of Art and Animation A special project designed specifically for Vivid Sydney and projected onto The Argyle Cut, takes audiences on a visual journey through Pixar Animation. Visitors will gain insight into how art, design and technology come together to bring the imaginative worlds of Pixar’s films to life..find out more


Ballerina Along the harbour’s edge, the image of a dancer shimmers as if on a dream. Ballerina conjures the desire of young artists to reach the infinite through their artistry... find out more

Samsung Electric Playground

Samsung Electric Playgroundshowcases the next generation of mobile innovation, visitors will be able to experience the new features of Galaxy S10 while exploring a giant illuminated playground in First Fleet Park.... find out more

Bug Hunt

Bug Hunt is a magical and interactive game of hide and seek. Join the search and take control of a pair of spectral spotlights to uncover a hidden world of creepy crawlies outside Starbucks in the heart of The Rocks.... find out more

Flip Flop

Flip Flop is a thongophone with a twist. What is a thongophone? It’s a percussion based musical instrument consisting of a series of pipes of different lengths and widths that are hit with paddles, traditionally thongs, to create corresponding notes.... find out more

Let It Snow

Let It Snow This super-scale immersive and responsive installation makes it seems like giant snowflakes have landed at Hickson Road Reserve.This is an environment where virtual and physical worlds coincide. Walk between the crystalline structures for a sense of the way snow flurries. ... find out more

Nostalgia Above

Nostalgia Above, Humans have always had a fascination with clouds. There is something undeniably calming about occasionally looking skyward, taking a moment and drifting into reverie. Nostalgia Above captures the clouds and connects the romance of nature with weather data, demonstrating that there are always brighter, more positive days around the corner... find out more


Torrent Torrent marks the rise of extreme worldwide weather events, something we are familiar with in Australia with our droughts, bushfires and flooding rains. Torrent is made from curved eucalypt branches mounted in a swirling pattern reminiscent of the flow of the rushing floodwater and is illuminated by colour changing LED lighting ... 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

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It’s that time of year The Rocks lights up with Vivid Sydney. Weave your way through streets and laneways to discover art, lights, markets and more. 

With it’s mix of breath taking installations, buzzing night markets and vibrant bars and restaurants, The Rocks is truly a feast for the senses.

Now – you can show us what you love about The Rocks during Vivid Sydney and win!

Simply Instagram your fav pics with #VividlyDifferent, showcasing what you think makes The Rocks unique and different.

The most creative picture will win an incredible prize package from The Cut Bar & Grill, Holiday Inn Old Sydney and Aesop. So get snapping and sharing!

Multiple entries are permitted (and encouraged!) - just make sure you’re following @TheRocks on Instagram and your profile set to public so we can see your entry.


Entries open: Friday 24 May – Saturday 16 June. 

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

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