Sydney Opera House a cascade of colour for VIVID Light Festival

A light show on the sails of the Sydney Opera House opened the VIVID Festival, a festival which celebrated light, music and new ideas.

This light show, called Lighting the Sails was inspired by the ancient songlines of Indigenous Australia.

The symbolic building was a cascade of colour for the opening event.

Six artists of different clans, national estates and territories were invited to create this light show.

🙋 Hands up if you’re excited for #VividSydney! Only 2 more nights to go.

📷 Lighting The Sails 2015— Vivid Sydney (@VividSydney) 25 May 2016

Sydney has grown to become one of the world’s largest festivals of light, music and ideas with more than 80 displays and a turnout of more than 1.7 million visitors last year. The light installations dazzled visitors from home and away.

Events were held at a number of locations across the city including: Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House; The Rocks; Martin Place; Darling Harbour; Walsh Bay; Central Park; Chatswood; Carriageworks; on Sydney Harbour and for the first time; Taronga Zoo; The Royal Botanic Garden and The Galeries.

“I can’t believe that I have this opportunity to see all this on the doorstep of my own front yard, it’s awesome,” said one local visitor.

While another sang the event’s praises: “It’s an international event, it just shows what a special place we live in in the world and just some of the attractions, like the Aboriginal stuff, it’s just good heritage.”

Lighting The Sails ‘Songlines’— charline emzinboyd (@emzinboyd) 26 May 2016

More than 150 artists from 23 countries were invited to work on this years edition of the festival. This colourful display on the facade of the The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is a collaboration between Western Sydney artist Huseyin Sami and the Paris-based artistic collective Danny Rose.

Together, the artists created an illusion that the façade was being carved, painted, cut and brushed.

“I think it’s just fantastic,” said another visitor from abroad. “Everything has been great, it’s looking all good and I think the people who had the idea of doing this show have been really creative and it’s just all looking great.”

Australian artist Jason French tells the city’s “Hidden Stories” on the façade of Custom House with projection and mapping technology.

The display features a blue-tongue lizard that leads visitors through haunting landscapes of warty witches and wizards, gnomes and cocky cockatoos.

Sydney’s light, music and new ideas festival is a month-long event that runs until June18th.
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