The Vivid Sydney lineup for 2024 has been revealed. Kicking off on 24 May until 15 June,  the festival guarantees 23 nights of unforgettable encounters centred around the theme of ‘Humanity,’ explored through Light, Music, Ideas, and Food.

Light installations and 3D projections will once again light up Sydney, stretching from Circular Quay to The Goods Line in Haymarket. The festival will also feature a diverse range of music performances and creative showcases, alongside an impressive Vivid Ideas program aimed at expanding minds. And of course, there will be a Vivid Food to look forward. 

This year’s Vivid Sydney program offers something for everyone, but here’s a taster to give you an idea of what to expect.

Vivid Light:

  • Global Rainbow: Rainbow lasers from Sydney Tower by artist Yvette Mattern.
  • Sydney Opera House Lighting: Featuring works by Archibald Prize winner Julia Gutman.
  • Gumscape with Road and Creatures: Customs House takeover by Reg Mombassa.
  • Stateless: 4,000 LED candles at Barangaroo Reserve by Sinclair Park.
  • Our Connected City: Transforming Sydney’s skyline.
  • Lightscape: Multisensory journey at Royal Botanic Garden.
Vivid Sydney Lights 2024

Vivid Music:

  • Tumbalong Nights: 12 nights of performances at Tumbalong Park.
  • Machine Hall Precinct: New venue for international headliners.
  • Vivid Sydney Supper Club: Featuring Mo’Ju, Montaigne, and more.

Vivid Ideas:

  • After The Fact: Nightly deep-dive into current affairs.
  • Window Dressing: Illuminated windows on The Goods Line.
  • Sex Work: A Legal and Social History: Immersive dive into Kings Cross and Darlinghurst.
  • Say My Name: The Humanity of Names: Panel discussion on name perception.
  • AI Will Destroy Humanity: Science debate at Parliament House.
Vivid Sydney Food 2024

Vivid Food:

  • Vivid Fire Kitchen: Nightly barbecue celebration at The Goods Line.
  • A Culinary Canvas: Celebration of women in gastronomy at Yallamundi Rooms.
  • Plates with Purpose: A Taste of Ukraine: 10-course degustation at Kyiv Social.
  • VividPlace Food Trail: Culinary hub in Sydney Place and Bulletin Place laneways.
  • Vivid Residence and Vivid Chef Series: Featuring chefs and venues soon to be announced.

Vivid Live at Sydney Opera House:

  • Air: Celebrating Moon Safari (1998).
  • Arca: Australian debut in Concert Hall.
  • Devonté Hynes: Performing classical compositions with Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
  • Sky Ferreira: First Australian appearance in a decade.
  • Underworld: Three nights of techno legends.
  • Fever Ray & Snoh Aalegra: Australian debuts in Concert Hall.
  • Sydney Opera House Studio Parties: Featuring local club culture.

Carriageworks:

  • Yasiin Bey (Mos Def): Exploring his back catalogue and artistic influences.
  • Tirzah: Intimate night of boundary-pushing music.
  • Yves Tumor: Australian debut with genre-bending set.
  • X CLUB.: Techno meets drum & bass.
  • Electric Fields: High-octane dancefloor sound sung in multiple languages.
  • Coyoacán Social: Authentic Mexican street food residency.
  • Warakirri Dining Experience: Intimate First Nations dining led by Ngemba Weilwan woman Sharon Winsor.

For the full program and detailed information visit the 2024 Vivid Sydney website.