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The best free events and how to get the most out of the festival

It has been two years since the final Vivid Sydney thanks to consecutive COVID-related cancellations. However affected person Vivid followers are about to be rewarded with a bumper roster of free events.

However to make the most of this yr’s large program, planning is vital, says Vivid festival director Gill Minervini.

“As a result of Vivid is so enormous, it may be somewhat overwhelming, however the extra you propose, the extra you see,” says Minervini. 

Main the program of free issues is Vivid’s most well-known attraction, the sprawling Gentle Stroll, spanning all corners of the CBD.

“The whole Gentle Stroll is free. It is eight kilometres lengthy, so you possibly can simply get three nights of leisure out of that,” Minervini stated.

And this yr Gentle Stroll is stepping issues up with an extra music ingredient.

“For the first time, we have free concert events on the Tumbalong Park stage referred to as Tumbalong Nights, each Wednesday to Saturday,” Minervini stated. 

Including to the record, are DJ performances every night time at The Items Line at Haymarket, and a roster of reside bands at Central Station’s Grand Concourse.

“The Gentle Stroll this yr is extra than simply the Gentle Stroll; there’s a complete musical soundtrack fully free as half of that,” says Minervini.

Vivid has additionally notably expanded its footprint to embody two new artwork and light-filled precincts, bringing the whole quantity of Gentle Stroll areas to 11.

“The projections down at Central Station and The Items Line – that are our new areas for this yr – are unbelievable,” Minervini stated.

The Items Line precinct, a revitalised former rail line, will gentle up with projections, installations and music events, together with the largest-scale laser set up in the festival’s historical past, Convergence.

Actually, Guests can catch a number of large-scale Vivid-firsts, from Walsh Bay’s floating bubble stroll, Ephemeral Oceanic, to Darling Harbour’s bold new water sculpture Sydney Infinity, that includes dynamic jets capturing colour-lit ribbons of water up to 80 metres into the air.

Past gentle shows, seats for Vivid’s free Concepts talks are disappearing quick (festival-goers can pre-register on-line).

“Some free ticketed events have already booked out, so the best factor to do is go to the Vivid web site and test out the program,” she stated.

For these completely satisfied to splurge, this yr’s Concepts program features a star-studded line-up, with tickets between $40-$50.

“Journalist Gretchen Carlson is one of our international storytellers who was famously sacked by Roger Ailes at Fox Information, and she’s speaking to Lisa Wilkison about the very beginnings of the Me Too motion. I feel that will probably be a captivating speak,” stated Minervini. The speak will probably be on the City Corridor on Could 29 at 1pm.

Additionally tipped to promote out, are reside discussions with singer-songwriter Troye Sivan, Hollywood filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, and even a particular album showcase by music icon Marcia Hines (June September 11).

“We’re doing the world premiere of The Gospel In accordance to Marcia at St Stephen’s Uniting Church. We introduced a 3rd present for that simply final week, so get in fast if you need to see that,” Minervini stated.

With such an enormous program, Minervini is urging guests to create a MyVivid profile, and break up their Vivid schedule over a number of days or even weeks.

“You possibly can really create your personal itinerary inside the web site. The itinerary will actually assist individuals work out what they’ll see in a single night time,” she stated.

As for how to sort out Vivid’s fundamental attraction, it pays to be strategic.

“For the Gentle Stroll, my recommendation could be to are available the early half of the week, and actually plan your journey, browse the web site beforehand.”

Vivid Sydney: Gentle, Music and Concepts runs from Could 27-June 18. See


Nonetheless have vouchers to burn up earlier than June 30? These Vivid-adjacent venues ought to do the trick.

Dine: Hinchcliff Home

Hinchcliff’s star eating places Grana and Lana are working an excellent-value “Wind Up” and “Wind Down” Vivid menu, that includes a number of programs (with wine) designed to eat over 45 minutes, from $40. See

Uncover: Taronga Zoo

Wild Lights is again with a stunning array of iridescent projections and installations, and nighttime sky safaris from Sydney’s solely cable automobile. See

Dine: Zini Modern Gelato

The Quay Quarter’s cult zero-additive gelato retailer is placing out a brand new Vivid creation every night time of the festival. See

Uncover: Sea Life Sydney

Have an after-dark marine encounter. Glow-in-the-dark face paint and exercise sheets may even maintain the youngsters amused. See

Dine: O Bar and Eating

Watch the motion unfold 47 ranges above the floor – or go peak Vivid with a festival-themed glowing cocktail. See


Sydney Infinity (Gentle Stroll)

Watch Darling Harbour come to life in Australia’s largest liquid and gentle present, in a stunningly choreographed water cannon show ramping up to a strong crescendo.

Wellmania: Australian Museum X Vivid Concepts

Pay attention in as journalists Bridig Delaney, Benjamin Legislation and Jenny Valentish discover how pseudo-scientific ‘recommendation’ goes viral.

For Sydney With Love (Gentle Stroll)

Customs Home will morph into an animated Sydney love story spanning 80 years by iconic artist Ken Accomplished. 

Gretchen Carlson and Lisa Wilkinson on Talking Out

Trailblazer Gretchen Carlson opens up about her very public 2016 harassment claims towards Fox Information boss Roger Ailes, as instructed in the film Bombshell.

Convergence (Gentle Stroll)

Watch as an almost forgotten Sydney landmark is introduced to life in Vivid’s largest laser set up to date, filling an previous railway tunnel at The Items Line.


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