Sydney’s Vivid Festival will launch on Friday night for its 13th exhibition, which promises to be the biggest yet.
Lights go on from 6pm across the city during the festival which will take place over 23 days and four weekends from May 26 to June 17.
Vivid made a triumphant return in 2022 from two consecutive cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with 2.58 million attendees across the festival in a 7.5 per cent increase on 2019.
The 2023 festival is shaping to be the most exciting and stunning yet, with more than 300 attractions and 50 light installations across the Sydney CBD.
“We can expect probably the most ambitious program in Vivid’s 13-year history, we’ve really cranked it up this year,” Vivid Director Gill Minervini said.
“We’ve got 57 free installations all the way from Central Station to Sydney Opera House and some of the biggest installations and projections we’ve ever done, we’re talking fully immersive experiences.”
Six free light shows will be main attractions at the event, with 1,000 drones set to be lit up and cast across the sky.
“The theme of the show is Written in The Stars because our theme this year is Vivid Sydney Naturally, (which is) all about our relationship with the natural environment,” Ms Minervini said.
“So I thought it’d be great to look at it from the sky above us point of view, so there’s planets, there’s shooting stars, quite a few surprises, it’s a beautiful show… it almost feels like it fills up the entire sky, it really is spectacular.”
There will be plenty of dinner options available for attendees too in the new Vivid Food section with 282 events to be held across 18 venues.
“A new thing called the Vivid Fire Kitchen which is at the Cutaway and Barangaroo Reserve and that is a celebration of all things BBQ – sausage sizzles, brisket – there’s really something for everyone – Vivid House and immersive light and sound experience,” Ms Minervini said.
Another one of the main attractions will be an “electric labyrinth” in the abandoned railways underneath Wynyard Station, which will be open to the public for the first time.
Outside of the light shows, special ticketed experiences will be available for attendees including a night with White Lotus star Jennifer Coolidge and show creator Mike White on June 10 under the Vivid Ideas banner.
If you are in the mood for a concert, Vivid Music has 67 shows billed around the Sydney CBD across 14 venues.