Valuable Vivid visiting tips!

By Madeleine Donkin, 22 May 2017 , Comments

The largest festival of its kind in the world, Vivid Sydney shines from 26 May to 17 June 2017.  Sydney’s multi award-winning festival of light, music and ideas presents another innovative and awe-inspiring creative program over 23 days.

Vivid organisers are also committed to delivering an accessible and inclusive event suitable for everyone. Northcott has experience visiting Vivid with a group over the past few years, so we’ve pulled together useful information for you. You can join our crew – more information can be found here, or you can go on your own. Here are our tips:

Choose the right day to visit

Consider what date might be most suitable. To avoid crowds, try visiting Vivid mid-week or not on public holidays. This will make your experience much less stressful and will allow you to enjoy each installation for as long as you wish.

Before you go

Spend a bit of time researching which installations the organisers deem “Do not miss!” and which may offer greater accessibility. This will allow you to make the most of your time there so you don’t miss out on the best bits! Visit the following pages for useful information about each program:

Getting to and from VIVID

We recommend you don’t drive into the City and consider public transport. If you do drive, take advantage of the two drop off/pick up zones below. The Hickson Rd spot includes accessible parking for mini buses from disability services and community groups.

  • Hickson Rd (near Park Hyatt), Campbell’s Cove
  • Security gatehouse at Sydney Opera House, northern end of Macquarie Street

Drop off/ pick up zones are available Monday – Thursday from 5:30pm -10:30pm and all require prior booking and confirmations. The volunteers at these spots last year were super friendly and helpful! Book your spot now!

What to eat?
There is some great food on offer at Vivid, but lines can be long and meals expensive. Pack some snacks and drinks to avoid crowds at the eateries so you can concentrate on visiting as many installations as possible.



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