How do you entice Sydneysiders to leave the comforts of home at the start of a cold winter to wander the citystreets at night? Sydney makes use of the longer nights to host a light show through its popular walkway - which includes the Sydney Opera House.
Vivid Sydney 2009 featured four events:
Luminous,Smart Light Sydney, Creative Sydney,Fire Water,Luminous
The events have drawn out the general public during the dry wintery weekends since it started on the 26th of May. The events shall finish tonight the 14th of June. It was developed by Events NSW in partnership with the City of Sydney.
The exhibits stretch along the famous walkway from the Sydney Observatory pavilion which overlooks the Sydney Harbour Bridge, through the Rocks, the Passenger Terminal complex, the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Customs House in Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House.
It features at least 24 light exhibits, music and for the past 3 nights an extra light show called "Fire Water" which provides a visual treat of lanterns on the water around Campbell Cove as well as 3 hourly shows of a Ghostly Ship on fire from 6pm.
One of the exhibits show the changing of the lights of the Museum of Contemporary Arts facade which drew "oohs and aahs" from revellers. Kids and adults alike enjoyed another exhibit called "Cycle!" which was a set of bicycles that the audience would cycle to power circular lights around a well-established tree.
For the majority of the evenings, the highlight has been the changing colours of the iconic Sydney Opera House.
Each night photography buffs have been bravely walking through the chill to try and capture the essence of the festival. You can see at least dozens of sightseers with tripods on hand. The festival has had mixed reviews but mainly positive from the public. Despite the unencouraging chilly temperatures it has drawn crowds from all ages to enjoy the winter nights at Sydney Cove.
Lily Fong, Peter Bubalo, Christina Lucas