06/10/2012 12:52 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Vivid Sydney: Festival Of Lights 2012 (PHOTOS)

By Irina Vinnitskaya
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Sydney is once again illuminated by the fourth annual Vivid’s Festival of Light 2012 that celebrates the creative industries with light shows, music, design ideas conferences and entrepreneurship conferences. The seventeen-day festival, which started on May 25 and will run until June 11th, features light shows and graphics projected on buildings, concerts, lectures and conferences. This round of light projections will have over 50 installations and includes cityscapes, street furniture, monuments and emblematic buildings like the Sydney Opera House.

Beginning at 6pm every night of the festival the city is illuminated in vibrant streaks of color that paint both the buildings and the street. The architectural highlights of the event are the large-scale light shows that are projected on building facades and on street elements throughout the city. Some of the architectural highlights include Sydney Opera House, Customs House and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Australia.

Courtesy of Vivid Sydney

The Electric Canvas, a group of light projection specialists from Sydney, use the facade of the Customs House to present “City Life”. Between the sights and sounds of people, cars and weather patterns the miniature city transforms over the course of six hours in a night.


© jaroslavd

URBANSCREEN projected videos and motion graphics in large-scale installations across the sails of the Sydney Opera House, creating a three-dimensional interactive canvas. The projections invert the identity of the Opera House. The cultural center as a home for music, dance and theater becomes the imagery associated with the facade.

While the public projections make an appearance throughout the city, there are many other lectures and events that can be attended as part of the festival. Find them here.

via Plataforma Arquitectura: Festival de Luz en Sydney by Javiera Yávar
Images via Flickr users natalieingram, jaroslavd and Gary Hayes, licensed under Creative Commons.
Video via YouTube user SOHFestival

Vivid Festival of Lights