Plan The Perfect Vivid Night Out

This year, Vivid Sydney at The Rocks is bigger and brighter than ever – literally. There’s more going on both in the sky and under the stars than ever before, plus over 40 restaurants and bars, night markets, live music hidden secrets, perfect vantage points – and oh so many cocktail opportunities.

See the lights, be the lights

Interaction goes one step further in 2018. Light up the night as you walk through 1000 Cranes, an homage to the Japanese practice of hanging 1000 origami cranes (senbazuru) in one’s home as a powerful and benevolent charm of good luck. A canopy of hanging cranes gradually light up, little by little, as people wander by below – until 1000 cranes are glowing in the air. Luminous Flight suspends five brilliantly coloured kites above Kendall Lane. The kites are constructed from LED tubes and luminous fabric, with free-flowing tails that rustle in the wind giving the illusion of movement. Simply wave your hand towards the tail to activate a brilliant chase of colour and patterns within the kite. Harmony Valley – Rainbow of Peace & Trees of Friendship at First Fleet Park is comprised of a set of large inflatable sculptures that reference Japanese ‘kawaii’ culture, including an inflatable ‘rainbow of peace’ and inflatable ‘trees of friendship’ each adorned with inviting faces and bright colours. By holding hands with others to form a chain connecting both ends of the rainbow, you can bring this sculpture to life.

And that’s just the tip of the luminescent iceberg – check out the full listing of Vivid light activations at The Rocks here!

Shop under stars

Savour the magic of a Vivid winter night with a wander through The Rocks Night Markets. A true makers’ market, The Rocks Night Markets brings talented and experienced artisans out into the night, an eclectic bazaar sat beneath the twinkling stars. Stroll down sandstone steps and up cobblestoned lanes as you discover locally-designed fashion, handcrafted jewellery, textiles, homewares, art, beauty products and photography, plus delicious food to fuel your exploration. Live street music will sweeten the air, and surrounding chillout zones with extra outdoor seating seating will make it all the nicer to savour.

Drink in the view

For perfect Vivid views over a perfect Vivid cocktail, you just can’t go wrong. Step inside the Museum of Contemporary Art and plunge into the luminescent world of Bombay Sapphire at the Bombay Sapphire x MCA Pop-Up Bar. Take in the spectacular light installations on the Sydney Harbour and mesmerising projections on the MCA façade by artist Jonny Niesche, all while you sip on glowing drinks. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay and the CBD from The Glenmore’s famous rooftop, or pull up a chair and enjoy a sensational cocktail at the newest kid on the block, Mrs Jones at the newly refurbished The Orient. Head to The Push to sip away at their custom cocktail list of vivid colours with dark twists on your childhood fairytales, or head to Endeavour Tap Rooms and sip away on the Vivid Imagination cocktail, which is a delicious dance of vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, pineapple juice, fruits of the forest jam and cherry bitter. Check out all our Vivid dining and drinks deals here.

Stay the night

Why rush away? With these accommodation packages, you can experience Vivid Sydney at your ultimate leisure – avoid the homeward crowds by staying in the heart of the city. At Holiday Inn Old Sydney, you have exclusive access to the impressive rooftop with uninterrupted views of the Sydney Harbour, including the Sydney Opera house. Until Monday June 4, book ahead and receive free buffet breakfast, wifi, and 20% off or more on hotel accommodation. The Russell Boutique Hotel is serving up a 5% discount on best available rate, free cancellation, a complimentary Vivid Sydney cocktail at The Push Bar, and a complimentary continental breakfast. Or look out over the lights from the Shangri-La Hotel, with overnight accommodation, daily breakfast for two at Café Mix, valet parking, an upgrade to a Deluxe Grand Harbour View Room (subject to availability at the time of check-in) and wifi.

So step out beneath the stars, and join us for a truly luminous Vivid night out.

For more information on Vivid Sydney at The Rocks, head here.
Getting to The Rocks is easy! Check out all our transport info here.

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