Vivid is back to celebrate culture, ideas, and the power of art.
Bringing together Australian artists from every background, Vivid will feature a line-up of stellar events this year. Whether you’re looking for a delicious meal, an evening of music, or an amazing display, you’re bound to leave impressed. Here are our top picks for Vivid 2023.
Kicking off this list is an event celebrating all things music and connection. Inspired by the COVID lockdowns, Dance Together is about community and the importance of gathering. This free dance party is held beneath three suspended glowing rings, with a message of love rotating on the inner circle. It’s bound to be a night of beautiful music and wonderful light displays. And, with a three-week running length, there are plenty of chances for you to join in on the fun.
Vivid Kitchen Fire
For the foodies out there, Vivid Kitchen Fire is the event for you. It features a collection of Sydney’s best dining experiences all under one roof. Whether you’d like to sit by the fire pit and watch the experts cook up a storm, or join a live demo to hone your BBQ skills with the masters, there’s something for everyone. Plus, with a lineup of famous street food vendors, acclaimed chefs and experimental dining opportunities, your taste buds will come alight. Kitchen Fire is a celebration of Sydney’s diverse culture, explored through the medium of food.
Meaning ‘Country’, Barerarerungar is a Boonwurrung word from Kulin Nation, where artist Maree Clarke resides. Her art is a celebration of three generations of peoples, and reclaims First Nations art and culture for all to see. Her work will be projected on the MCA, featuring images of river reeds that represent safety and friendship. The display is a collaboration between Maree and The Electic Canvas, a projection specialist helping to bring her vision to life. This beautiful art creates space for reflection and remembrance, honoring Australia’s Indigenous community.
Nocturne is the immersive experience you’ve been waiting for. This tour takes you through the heart of The Rocks, weaving through back streets and laneways as well-known landmarks are transformed into a poetic landscape. The audio guide presents a theatrical mix of stories and ideas, transporting you to a new world. And at the end of the night, you’ll be able to unwind with a magical star-gazing experience. The project was designed by one step at a time like this, a group of Melbourne-based artists who specialise in site-specific experiences. It was commissioned just for Vivid 2023, meaning you won’t find anything like it. Tickets cost $50, but it’s well worth it for this unforgettable journey.
Set in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Lightscape is a 2 km trail of amazing light and sensory displays. Wander beneath tree canopies bursting with colour, giant flowers, and glowing tunnels of light. This experience is fueled by imagination, perfect for families and those wanting to be amazed by stunning displays. Tickets are required for Lightscape, and they won’t last long!
Tumbalong Nights features 12 nights of free live music. Artists from all across the world will take to the stage, from Africa to Arnhem Land, as well as some of the biggest names in Sydney. Each night, the party kicks off with an hour of children’s music. Kids can dance the evening away alongside popular children’s stars from their favourite shows. Then, the lights will be dimmed for a night of pumping music and amazing acts. DJs and musicians will take to the stage so you can dance and party with friends and family.
Carriageworks Night Market
For one night only, the popular Carriageworks Night Market will return to Vivid. This highly-anticipated event highlights the talents of more than 50 of Sydney’s leading restaurants and bars. Curated by Matt Stone, who is known for his efforts in food sustainability, the market champions native, locally sourced ingredients. With live music and demonstrations, there’s so much to see, do, and eat at this wonderful market. Get your tickets now!
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