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Our picks for 7 must-see events at Vivid Sydney

From dazzling lights and live music in an old substation to big ideas with Matildas royalty, discover what's new at this year's festival, 24 May to 15 June.

Sydney’s Vivid festival is back and brighter than ever with a host of new experiences to light up your start to winter. Go beyond the highlights and discover 7 exciting ways to dive into Vivid Sydney 2024.

1. Machine Hall

5 to 15 June

Discover Machine Hall, a historic substation transformed into a vibrant music venue. Over 10 nights the Clarence Street venue hosts a line-up of local and international artists covering everything from hyperpop, rock, dance and soul to fashion, voguing, First Nations artists, storytelling and queer acts. Highlights include US indie rockers Deerhoof, First Nations band No Fixed Address, singer-songwriter Jen Cloher and hyperpop artist Underscores. This exciting new music program is supported by City of Sydney. Book now.

Machine Hall at Vivid 2024, image courtesy of Destination NSW

2. Neon Lyric Walk at Hollywood Quarter

24 May – 15 June

Come visit the Hollywood Quarter precinct in Surry Hills as part of a curated walk for art and music lovers. The precinct will be bathed in a neon glow as 12 venues present their own interpretation of the songs and lyrics that have informed our collective past and touched on the concept of humanity. Enjoy food and drink deals for every taste and every budget, along with live music gigs, DJs, performances, workshops and guest panels, and special cinema screenings from Wednesday to Sunday each week. Learn more.

Hollywood Quarter hosts the Neon Lyric Walk for Vivid Sydney 2024

3. Fire Kitchen at the Goods Line

24 May – 15 June

Vivid Fire Kitchen returns, igniting its new home at The Goods Line with flame-seared street food from around the globe. Come wander around the flame-lit night and feast from fire-cooked dishes from around the globe. Flame throwers, fire-sculptures, fire pits and more add to the bustling market atmosphere.

On the way here stop by a number of free grand-scale light installations at Darling Harbour including Neolithic (pictued above).

Learn more about Fire Kitchen.

Fire Kitchen at Vivid 2024, image courtesy of Destination NSW

4. Dark Spectrum

24 May – 15 June

Go deep underground, travel back in time within the Wynyard Tunnels. Discover a spectrum of touchable colour with 300 kaleidoscopic lasers, 500 handmade lanterns and over 250 searchlights in an underworld of intensity and power.

An epic soundtrack filled with dance tracks and club hits will draw you deeper as you move through this all-new kilometre long immersive experience made up of eight different chambers where light, sound and colour collide. Book now.

Dark Spectrum at Vivid 2024, image courtesy of Destination NSW

5. Champions of Change: Mackenzie Arnold and Tony Gustavsson

10 June

Join Tony Gustavsson and Mackenzie Arnold from the CommBank Matildas at Sydney Town Hall for an insightful discussion about sports and leadership, hosted by Grace Gill. Gain unique perspectives from the football stars who captured Australia’s heart. Book now.

Join Mackenzie Arnold and Tony Gustavsson from the CommBank Matildas for the Champions of Change talk at Vivid Sydney 2024, image courtesy of Destination NSW

6. Nest on Stargazer Lawn

24 May – 15 June

An expansive circular structure on Stargazer Lawn, Barangaroo welcomes you to bear witness to the ritualistic mating dance of the brolga, one of only 2 species of crane native to Australia. Projected onto a transparent surface, the huge bird apparitions appear to float in the air and are visible from both out and inside the installation. Learn more.

Nest at Vivid 2024, image courtesy of Destination NSW

7. Shifting Perspectives

29 May to 1 June

Step into an all ages, all abilities, immersive dance performance at Walsh Bay. This thought-provoking dance and light installation invites you to roam within a vast maze of mirrors. Around you, dancers glide past 24 reflective plinths, their movements echoing infinitely. Light dances in unison with sound and you’re enveloped in a reality-bending spectacle. Learn more.

Shifting Perspectives at Vivid Sydney 2024, image courtesy of Destination NSW

Find our more and see the full program.

We are a proud supporter of Vivid Sydney 2024 as part of our commitment to supporting arts and culture.

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