If you’re a fan of festivals, Sydney is truly the place to be. There is always something going on in NSW’s capital and one of the best is the annual Vivid Festival, which celebrates “Light, music and ideas”.
Now in its 9th year (let’s not get into a discussion about how fast time flies) these three weeks are an ideal time to spend in Sydney. The city is already quite obnoxiously pretty, but somehow becomes even more beautiful during these weeks.
Having attended Vivid regularly during its earlier years of inception, I will confess to being a little bit disappointed with the direction in which the festival has chosen to go. Most of the sights were once contained to Circular Quay, which is where you can find the city’s more iconic structures, such as the Bridge and Opera House.
The venues are now rather spread out, across the CBD (Central Business District) and further beyond. This is two fold – it means the crowds are a bit easier to deal with at each point of interest, but it would probably take a few days to see everything. Sometimes, the time to do so just isn’t available.
As a result, I was admittedly somewhat disappointed with the show. Many of the lights were recycled from years previous and others were simply just a bit underwhelming. I had been building the event up in my head for three years, after being away for the last few. That might have had something to do with it.
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At least the Opera House, which is definitely the show-stopper, looked as lovely as always. Please excuse some of my snaps – I was having to photographise without a tripod as I’ve somehow managed to break both of mine within the last year!
It’s the smaller attractions that are the most intriguing. Black Star Pastry and N2 Extreme Gelato had teemed up to produce a range of concoctions for the event, that shone in UV light – glow in the dark tea, white chocolate drinks, cake and “glownuts”. Unfortunately, being lemon flavoured, they were a lot more fun to look at than to eat, for this girl at least. The white chocolate drink on the other hand, was delicious!
Nonetheless, Vivid remains as one of the coolest festivals in the city and even the country. It’s held yearly from the last weekend in May, until mid-June.