Vivid Sydney, the largest light and music festival in the Southern Hemisphere, kicked off Memorial Day weekend with new events and large scale urban lighting never seen before in Sydney. The major celebration of Australia's only global city takes place through June 21. Vivid Live, the centrepiece of the festival, is being curated by Laurie Anderson and legendary U.S. rock musician Lou Reed.
"Throughout Vivid Sydney there will be 30 different live street performances including fire dancers, stilt walkers, illuminated entertainers and more," said New South Wales Minister for Tourism Jodi McKay.
Vivid Sydney includes Vivid Live at the Sydney Opera House, Macquarie Visions, Fire Water, Creative Sydney, X Media Lab and the Song Summit. Last year, images of the illuminated Sydney Opera House sails were seen by more than 60 million people in 200 countries across the globe.
Vivid Sydney is being heavily promoted in Australia and around the world in a bid to break last year's record turn-out of more than 200,000 visitors attending 187 events. The festival was developed by the New South Whales Government in partnership with the City of Sydney and Sydney Opera House.
See more of what Sydney has to offer in the slideshow below.