Saturday, 30 May 2015

Vivid Sydney - lights, music and ideas

Vivid Sydney is an 18 day festival of light, music and ideas bringing Australia's Emerald City to life as winter approaches. This year Vivid began on 22 May and finishes on 8 June.

Just for once, I'll let my camera do the talking.


































If you are in Sydney during the festival, don't miss Customs House, adjacent to Circular Quay. It is magical.

What a great way to welcome in winter. Do you have a winter festival where you live?

64 comments:

  1. Great pictures! I really cannot wait to get to Sydney on the WHV. Everyone I know who has been there loves it.

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    1. It is just great. Don't miss Customs House.

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  2. This is awesome. I have noticed this type of festivals have gained popularity in the past few years. I will like to attend one.

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    1. Sydney's is fantastic. I can recommend it.

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  3. We were in Sydney last year for Vivid and really wanted to see if we could do a sneaky trip to see it again this year. Thanks for taking us there.

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  4. I've hadn't heard of this festival before but it looks absolutely amazing! Great photos too! I think I'll need to visit Sydney around this time next year...

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    1. Vivid has been going for quite a few years now and has been getting better and better each year.

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  5. I have been seeing this on the news and wishing we lived nearby, it certainly looks like it is worth rugging up and bracing the cold weather.

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    1. We were lucky. It was a really warm night when we went.

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  6. I really want to get to Sydney one year for this celebration. I had thought it was just the Opera House that was lit up before looking at your photos. So colorful. Vivid is the perfect name.

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    1. I think it may have been just the Opera House years ago when it first started but now there is so much it is hard to get around it all.

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  7. I was hoping to visit Sydney for this festival this year but I'm not going to make it so it's great to see your photos. It really does look amazing!

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  8. WOw, this is stunning, what a fun event! Please do share this on my link up for Travel Photo Mondays, love to have you join us today!

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    1. I will look up your link-up and add my photos now. Thanks.

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  9. Vivid Sydney lights up in such an innovative and vivid way! I really enjoyed your night photography. It's not easy to take such spectacular shots. Love the butterfly effect on the Opera the best!

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    1. Honestly, I am not a good photographer but I have just bought a new travel camera. It is basically a point and shoot with a decent zoom, It has a setting for taking night photos and I'm pretty pleased with the results - although of course there were a few shockers which never made it to the blog - lol.

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  10. If I ever get to go back to Sydney it would definitely be during this festival!

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    1. It is just magical although it can be a bit chilly at this time of year.

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    2. I live in Canada - my idea of 'chilly' will be a bit different than yours!!

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    3. Haha. We are headed to Canada in a few weeks. I was hoping it might be warm.

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  11. Wow - such vivid and vibrant colors!
    Great cityscape.

    Please come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/06/nesting.html

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    1. Thank you. I put my photos up on your link this morning. I loved your birds.

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  12. That looks so cool. I want to go. Thanks for taking such great pics.

    http://csuhpat1.blogspot.com/2015/06/a-walk-around-lake-elizabeth.html

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  13. Wow, this looks so incredible! What a unique and creative idea :)
    - Marcella

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  14. Beautiful pics! I'll have to get the kids to Customs House (We're at Iota this week, so we'll see it!). We've done the casino, uni and central park, because it was easy solo with the kids...I love Vivid!

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    1. The children will love Customs House - it is just great.

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  15. What a lovely sight to see, gorgeous light show. Beautiful images. Enjoy your day!

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  16. I've never heard of this but it is so neat! I love the fish and all the buildings lit up!

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    1. I thought the fish was pretty good too.

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  17. Great photos. Vivid Sydney looks fantastic. I think Sydney is a beautiful city to visit and photograph at any time, but it must be truly amazing during this festival.

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    1. It is fantastic. I don't like going out much at night and definitely not in winter but Vivid Sydney is worth the effort.

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  18. We are missing Vivid because of working in Europe, more is the pity as we love it.

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  19. wow that looks so fab the colours are wonderful it must have been so great to see it

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    1. It was. We went into the city on a ferry and saw a lot of it from the harbour which was just magical.

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  20. Very cool displays of light!

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  21. I feel like a dolt because I never heard of this light show before but now that you brought it to my attention I would love to see it! Sydney's such a wonderful city and this would only make it more so!

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  22. Wow, absolutely gorgeous! I really want to learn how to take night light photos like that

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    1. I cheated! I bought a new travel camera and it had a night setting. Everything else was on auto.

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  23. This is absolutely incredible!! I've never seen any pictures of this festival - and your shots are vivid and crystal clear!! Gorgeous!!!!!!

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    1. I wish I could take the credit for the photos but all I did was set my new little camera on night shots and then point and shoot.

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  24. It just looks fabulous. I have been following everyones photos on Instagram and wish I was closer.
    Thanks for joining in #wednesdaywanderlust this week!

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    1. I really must get my head around instagram one day - lol.

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  25. I'm so keen to go - it seems I generally just miss it whenever I visit Sydney! One day, one day...

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    1. It is on every year. I hope you make it eventually.

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  26. What a wonderful light show! This looks like the perfect time to visit Sydney!

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    1. It can be a bit chilly, but if the sun is out during the day it is lovely.

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  27. Super gorgeous! It's incredible what people can do with just light!

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    1. I agree - and one of the best things is, it's completely free.

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  28. Wonderful photos! They made me miss Sydney...

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    1. I'm glad you like my photos. Thank you.

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