Vivid Sydney returns to Walsh Bay along with several new precincts in and around the city from 27 May – 18 June.

Last year 1.7 million visitors attended the world-renowned festival of light and this year’s event, running for a record 23 day duration, is packed full of innovative light shows, art installations, unique musical experiences and a host of inspiring guests, including designer Khai Liew, artist Louis Pratt andThe Daily Telegraph’s crime editor, Mark Morri.

The fabulous and ever-popular Vivid Light Walk will again take place in Walsh Bay, each night from 6-11 pm while art and craft lovers along with seekers of all things vintage and unique can enjoy the exclusive one-day ‘Etsy Sydney Made Markets’ at Pier 2/3 on Saturday 4 June.

Pier One’s Gantry Bar and Restaurant will have delicious lunch and dinner options  for festival goers during the event while other local establishments including The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf will extend trading hours (check specific websites for details).

And this year, in a Vivid Sydney first, the sails of the world-heritage listed Sydney Opera House will celebrate the rich and diverse work of Australia’s Indigenous artists through a stunning light projection called Songlines. Directed by Sydney Opera House Head of Indigenous Programming, Rhoda Roberts of the Bundjalung Nation of NSW, the event will bring together six Indigenous artists whose work illustrates the connections between Indigenous astronomy and the natural world. Visitors can also take a journey through the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney as part of the area’s 200th celebration in Garden of Light as well as partake in Taronga Zoo’s larger-than-life multimedia sculptures - Be the Light for the Wild.Vivid Music will also be heard throughout the city with new sounds and venues including the world premiere of Björk Digital, a new virtual reality project from the international avant-garde artist and the inaugural Curve Ball – a large scale live music and art event from Fuzzy Music held at Carriageworks.

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Article image: Underwater Forest. Artist: mcdermottbaxter (Australia).