Vivid Sydney, the Australian city's annual festival of lights, began today with colorful installations that reinvent icons like the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Jørn Utzon’s renowned Opera House. The event is host to over 90 light installations devised by more than 150 artists from 23 countries, appearing in eight precincts across the city.
This year’s installation on the “sails” of the Sydney Opera House is called Songlines and celebrates the work of six Indigenous Australian artists: Karla Dickens, Djon Mundine OAM, Reko Rennie, Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi, Donny Woolagoodja and the late Gulumbu Yunupingu.
Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the State Government’s tourism and major events agency. As the world’s largest festival of light, music, and ideas – attended by 1.7 million visitors in 2015 – Vivid Sydney will run for 23 nights from May 23 - June 18.