Vivid Sydney has been cancelled for 2021

Vivid Sydney has been cancelled for 2021

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Sydney’s renowned large-scale festival will not go ahead this year.

After Vivid Sydney announced its return this year, following a year off due to you know who, the festival has now been cancelled for its second year in a row.

Spanning the categories, Vivid Light, Vivid Ideas, Vivid Music, Vivid Live at Sydney Opera House, and their Up Late Series, Vivid was set to host more than 200 events across its three-week journey in September, after only just been rescheduled from August.

What you need to know

  • The NSW Government has made the difficult decision to cancel Vivid Sydney 2021
  • Planning is now underway for next year
  • Expressions of interest for the 2022 festival will open next week

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Given the ongoing uncertainty and NSW’s extended lockdown, the decision has been made to cancel Vivid Sydney 2021 to minimise the impact on event attendees, partners, artists, sponsors and suppliers.

Planning is now underway for next year, with Vivid Sydney set to return from 27 May to 18 June 2022, giving punters something to look forward to in the future.

“As we work together to contain the current outbreak and get our community vaccinated, we can all look forward to the return of major events like Vivid Sydney that bring us together in celebration,” Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said.

“Vivid Sydney 2022 will shine brighter than ever – our artists and creative industries are so eager to put on a show and we can’t wait to see the Harbour City shining brightly again.

“The health and safety of our community is our highest priority, which is why we’re encouraging everyone to get vaccinated so we can get back to enjoying COVID-safe events again soon.”

With almost 10 months until the festival, Vivid is sure to deliver another boundary-pushing program for 2022, featuring mesmerising art displays and 3D projections from artists both at home and abroad, alongside another eclectic music lineup.

Expressions of interest for Vivid Sydney 2022 Light, Music and Ideas programs will open next week. To submit an expression of interest for next year’s event, go to