Barangaroo debuts in this year's Vivid Sydney

The Sydney Opera House during Vivid Sydney 2016. Photo: supplied
The Sydney Opera House during Vivid Sydney 2016. Photo: supplied

An illuminated trail through the laneways and past the waterfront of Barangaroo will be a new feature in this year’s Vivid Sydney.

The festival of light, music and ideas, which grows in popularity each year, will run for 23 nights from May 26 to June 17. 

Details were announced by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall.

Ms Berejiklian said this year’s program would be the biggest ever, and the new waterfront precinct of Barangaroo would “debut”.

“Barangaroo will be joined by festival favourites the Vivid Light Walk, as well as displays at Chatswood, Martin Place, Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo, plus an expanded trail through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney,” she said.

Ms Berejiklian said, in 2016, a record 2.31 million people attended Vivid Sydney, delivering $110 million in visitor spending to the State’s economy.

Mr Marshall said, “The sails of the Sydney Opera House will again be illuminated, this year with a spectacular projection of imaginary creatures inspired by insects, plants and the ocean underworld, that will captivate locals and visitors from around the world.”

This year’s festival will also feature a diverse music line-up, including performances by trailblazing UK electronic dance outfit Goldfrapp, folk-rock masters Fleet Foxes, indie rock band Dappled Cities, Grammy Award-winning Jazz singer Dianne Reeves, plus the Ideas program headlined by American contemporary artist, Shepard Fairey. 

Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. 

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