Days of folk festival atmosphere in Sydney: While summer has arrived here, the residents of the southern hemisphere, like those in the Australian metropolis, get their down coats out of their closets in the middle of winter and set off on an eight-kilometer route through their city. They walk through streets that are closed to car traffic in the evening, because after a two-year break due to the pandemic, the Vivid is finally back festival instead of.

Over a period of 23 nights from the end of May to June 17th, the “shining path” led from Circular Quay to Central Station to more than 60 light installations by 114 light artists. This year’s edition of the Vivid Sydney 2022, as it was officially called, broke all records. More than 2.2 million people visited the installations.

Every evening it was very busy on the paths – the Sydneysiders and visitors visibly enjoyed the end of the corona restrictions and strolled in temperatures that can currently be in the single-digit Celsius range in the evening hours.

For the organizers of Vivid, it was the “biggest, brightest and most brilliant festival of creativity, innovation and technology in its 12-year history”. Vivid Sydney has given Australia’s creative, entertainment, hospitality and tourism industries a much-needed boost, concluded festival director Gill Minervini.

Free and outside

The festival fulfills three functions: On the one hand, Vivid Sydney brings creative light artists from all over the world to Sydney to meet for workshops and conferences. At the same time, there are light installations every evening that turn Sydney’s attractions into a colorful canvas. In addition, there is a top-class music program every evening.

The date for the next Vivid Festival is already certain: from May 26 to June 17, 2023 – then for the first time in combination with the culinary offshoot Vivid Food.

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