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Your Ultimate Guide to Vivid Sydney 2019

May 10, 2019

Vivid Sydney is without a doubt Australia’s best-known arts festival, drawing crowds from around the world each year to witness dazzling lights throughout the harbour and city. But with an extraordinary line-up of events, how do you choose which ones to experience? Here are our recommendations for some very special lights, music and ideas, as well as where to find apartment accommodation in Sydney’s CBD during the festival.

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What are the can’t-miss events at Vivid Sydney 2019?

In Darling Harbour, don’t miss the chance to wander through the luminous Tumbalong Lights with its inclusive and interactive playground. Set up the spheres in SpaceBalls and see them racing through clear tubing, then dance under Alien Visitor to experience its extra-terrestrial response in the form of bleeps and blips.

Love some challenging ideas? Make your way to New Horizons: The Darkest Web on 26 May to explore the murky depths of the dark web with lawyer, journalist and author Eileen Ormsby. Or, dive into tomorrow’s fashion trends with a focus on sustainability and technology at Future Forward – Fashion on 5 June. Then, learn how infrastructure can transform our cities for the better at The Untimed Life on 14 June.

Of course, Vivid Sydney is known for its harbour light displays. You can’t leave the city without sitting and taking in the colourful dance of commercial boats lighting up the harbour in synchronised displays. They’ll be illuminating the night sky each night between 24 May and 15 June.

Which days are best to attend Vivid Sydney?

Each and every say of the festival offers an overwhelming range of events to choose from – you’ll have to pick your favourites! Saturday nights are always stellar: this year including some incredibly fun events for the kids at Kiddo Disco including a onesie party, glow-in-the-dark boogie and crazy hair disco.

Of course, the headline acts always book out fast, so if you’re planning to see Vanessa Amorosi, Herbie Hancock, Paul Kelly or Kate Miller-Heidke & Iain Grandage, be sure to book soon!

Where can I stay for Vivid Sydney in 2019?

Central is key for Vivid Sydney! We’re happy to say that APX Hotels Apartments has a number of serviced apartments in the Sydney CBD that would be absolutely perfect for your stay and are close to all the action. Walk from your Darling Harbour apartment to soak in the lights and sights every evening, as well as World Square apartments close to the city’s best shopping and festival venues. If you prefer to stay west, then why not choose our Parramatta apartments and cruise down to Circular Quay on a private boat tour? You’ll be swept up with the lights of Vivid Sydney glittering over the water.

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