Vivid Sydney 2013 – Lights. Camera. Action!

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Vivid Sydney 2013
Sydney Harbour Bridge
(Image by TSL)

If you’re a long-time TSL reader, you may remember my post on the Vivid Sydney 2012 light show. Honestly, I find it hard to believe it has been a year – almost to the day – since LM and I last attended the light spectacular that is Vivid Sydney. Well, it has been a whole year – and on Saturday night we joined the thousands and thousands of fellow Sydney-siders (young and old, big and small, bipedal and the doggie kind – they were all out in force) to check out this year’s lighting installations. I gotta’ tell you, we were not disappointed. Sydney’s annual Vivid Festival is a w e s o m e…

We splashed out and kicked off our evening with a pre-walk meal at the ever consistent ‘Guillaume at Bennelong’.

Vivid Sydney 2013 - Bennelong

Sydney Opera House Light Installation from inside Guillaume at Bennelong
Vivid Sydney 2013
Sydney Opera House Light Installation from Inside ‘Guillaume at Bennelong’ Restaurant
(Images by TSL)

My best secret tip to avoiding the crowds for Vivid is to head up to the Cahill Walkway that runs next to the Cahill Expressway and then winds down through the rocks.

The Custom House from the Cahill Expressway
Vivid Sydney 2013
The Custom House from the Cahill Expressway
(Image by TSL)
Circular Quay from the Cahill Expressway
Vivid Sydney 2013
Circular Quay from the Cahill Expressway
(Image by TSL)
MCA from the Cahill Expressway
Vivid Sydney 2013
Museum of Contemporary Art from the Cahill Expressway
(Image by TSL)

There were lots of surprising wee pockets to hunt down…

Vivid Sydney - Praxis Makes Perfect

Vivid Sydney 'Praxis Makes Perfect'
Vivid Sydney 2013
‘Praxis Makes Perfect’ Installation at Walsh Bay
An amazing animation series against a building wall
(Images by TSL)
'Moths to a Flame' Installation at Walsh Bay
Vivid Sydney 2013
‘Moths to a Flame’ Installation at Walsh Bay
(Image by TSL)

Vivid Sydney - Sky Grass

'Sky Grass' installation at Circular Quay
Vivid Sydney 2013
‘Sky Grass’ Installation at Circular Quay
(Images by TSL)

Lunar Park was all lit up…

Vivid Sydney  Novotel at Walsh Bay (Image by TSL)
Vivid Sydney 2013
Novotel at Walsh Bay
(Image by TSL)

Of course, The Sydney Opera House took centre stage…

Vivid Sydney - Sydney Opera House

Vivid Sydney - Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House Lights Up
Vivid Sydney
Sydney Opera House Lights Up
(Images by TSL)

But, the Custom House was pretty incredible, too.

Vivid Sydney - The Custom HouseVivid Sydney - The Custom House

Vivid Sydney 2013 The Custom House Lights Up...
Vivid Sydney 2013
The Custom House Lights Up…
(Images by TSL)

Vivid Sydney’s light installations kick off every night at 6pm until 10 June 2013. Seriously worth a look-see!

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Comments (23)

Fantastic photos, a very good substitute for being there, since I can’t.

Cheers PK – I wouldn’t say I’m a particularly natural photographer, but hard not to try and capture the lights of Vivid. It is a great festival and worth seeing.

Great pics, TSL – definitely one of our best festivals. There is so much cleverness around, I love it! 🙂

Me too, Sparks. I look forward to it every year

Wow! That looks beautiful and amazing… another reason to sail to Sydney!

Sydney really knows how to put on a show, wish I was going to get there this year but your fabulous pics will suffice 🙂

This is a particularly good show, I think, 2BD

So perfect for Sydney at this time of the year, thanks for the tips for best viewing I will be going up soon. Cheers Sue

Hey Sue – LM showed me this wee gem. It’s a real winner when escaping the crowds. Enjoy!

I follow and I clearly remember the last time you have been to the Vivid Sydney – this time it looks amazing, too! Love the photos, and I guess the installations that I found most attractive were the Custom House – was this a mapping? – the Sky grass and the animated bunnies. Thanks for making this little tour and sharing 🙂 Might I share the post, too?

Share away Layyla! Maybe next year you’ll be here in person…?

You know well it is my dream to be able to do so…maybe I’d fly to NZ then, too, to get the moths for myself? 🙂

I’ve spent five evenings thus far visiting and photographing VIVID Sydney 2013: it’s been a lot of fun, and it’s been challenging because I want to see everything! I’d be hard pressed to provide a photographic overview of this festival. Thanks for your post!

Hey fotoeins – I am a complete amateur when it comes to photography – Just call me ‘point and shoot girl’! I hope you’ve been having a fab’ time at Vivid – one of Sydney’s best festivals, I reckon’.

Hi there,

I run the animation course at UTS, and it was our 2nd year students who did “Praxis Makes Perfect” at Walsh Bay. Thanks for blogging about the work. We are really proud of the animations the students made, and they were really pleased you had highlighted their contribution to Vivid. Thanks again for the post.

Hey Damo – LM and I were seriously impressed with the Praxis Makes Perfect installation. And, I think its pretty cool you found my wee post. Cheers to you and your very accomplished students! 🙂

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