Scores of people from around the state will descend upon Sydney in coming weeks for Vivid, the celebration of light, music and ideas.
After being shelved for two years, the world-renowned festival suitable for families, tourists and singles ready to mingle is returning to transform the harbour city into a kaleidoscope of colour with more than 200 events between May 27 and June 18.
"The ... program is bursting with new events, venues, locations, performances, and experiences which are sure to delight audiences," said Stuart Ayers, Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Minister for Tourism and Sport and Minister for Western Sydney.
"The inaugural Vivid Sydney Dinner in the Ivy Ballroom will be a huge event. If you are after something new outdoors, try The Goods Line, and take in the incredible light projections and installations with fantastic free DJ performances. The Convergence laser display in the disused railway tunnel will be a fan favourite."
Staged over 23 nights, the festival will feature "mesmerising art displays, 3D light projections, uplifting live music performances and deep-dive discussions from the world's brightest minds", according to Destination NSW.
For the first time the Light Walk will stretch for eight kilometres, linking the Sydney Opera House to Central Station with 47 installations and projections including more than 200 LED sculptural birds.
This year 11 locations will ignite (two of which are new) and include Circular Quay, Sydney CBD, The Rocks, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Darling Square, Darling Quarter, The Goods Line, Central Station, Luna Park and Taronga Zoo, all coming to life with a mesmerising kaleidoscope of light artworks to wow visitors and locals alike.
Festival Director Gill Minervini, who will deliver her first Vivid Sydney in 2022, said of the program she was most proud of First Light on May 27, The Gospel According to Marcia and Vivid Sydney Supper Club.
"Plus, I'm really looking forward to hearing Lisa Wilkinson in conversation with Gretchen Carlson, who's astonishing story inspired the movie Bombshell starring Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie," she said.
For the full guide of what's on and where, visit: www.vividsydney.com.
For Illawarra and South Coast folk heading to the festival, taking public transport may be a better option as finding a parking space could prove difficult amongst the masses.
Either catching the train locally, or driving to Waterfall and boarding a train there, could be an option. Otherwise booking a hotel for the night and staying the night is another option.
Train stations nearest to Vivid locations include: Central (best for UTS, catch Light Rail to Darling Harbour), Circular Quay (best for Darling Harbour and Sydney Opera House), Redfern (best for Carriageworks), Martin Place (for Sydney CBD), Milsons Point (best for Luna Park) and Taronga Zoo Wharf (best for Taronga Zoo).
For more details on public transport, visit: www.trasportnsw.info.
Destination NSW suggests to be close to the action in the city they recommend to stay in The Rocks, Circular Quay, Sydney CBD, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont or North Sydney.
Destination NSW's website Sydney.com contains lots of information to help with accommodation selection, and to find out what else is on offer in Sydney for you to enjoy during your visit.
If you've only got time to catch a few events, Destination NSW has put out these recommendations:
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