Everything you need to see at Vivid Sydney 2018

Sydney’s signature light, music and ideas festival is back, and the lineup is incredible. The festival runs for 23 nights from May 25 and you could easily spend the whole month taking in a different light show, installation and show every evening. But if you don’t have that kind of time, these are our picks of the best at Vivid Sydney.

Lighting of the Sails

Australian artist Jonathan Zawada is going to light up the Sydney Opera House to turn them into kinetic digital structures.
May 25–June 16. Free. More info here.

National Maritime Museum

Image: BBC Earth

Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II will be projected onto the rooftop of the museum.
May 25–June 16. Free. More info here

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Image: Morgan Sasser

This interactive installation is made up of light-up pathways that react to people as they walk, jump or run on the tiles, and was last seen at Burning Man.
May 25–June 16. Free. More info here

Semi Permanent 2018

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An inspiring lineup of design heavyweights, including Nike legend Tinker Hatfield, discuss ‘creative tension as inspiration’.
May 24–26. From AUD375. More info here

The Nautilus Forest

A walkway of spiralling light trees. That is all.

May 25–June 16. Free. More info here.

Mazzy Star

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Your one chance to catch Mazzy Star live in Australia!  They’ll be releasing their new four-song EP Still in conjunction with the concerts.

June 11–13. From AUD69. More info here

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Cat Power

Chan Marshall will be marking the 20 year anniversary of her breakthrough album Moon Pix by returning to the Sydney Opera House to perform the album in full, with her original collaborators.

May 31. From AUD69. More info here.

Taronga Zoo – Lights for the Wild

Image: Steve Christo

Spend an evening at a Taronga Zoo taken over by light sculptures. The exhibition shines a light on conservation and centres around an award-winning animated film screening at the zoo’s Centenary Theatre.

May 25–June 16. From AUD21.56. More info here.  

Emma Chong Johnston

Emma is a new mum, compulsive shopper and cityslicker through and through. Perfect holiday: shops, sunshine and gelato (and maybe a babysitter).

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