Countdown to Vivid Sydney

A view of Sydney Harbour during the 2016 Vivid Sydney celebrations.
One of the attractions of Vivid Sydney, the Chatswood Precinct - Light Walk.

THE world's largest Festival of Light, Music and Ideas, Vivid Sydney will feature many of the World's most important creative industry forums, and a mesmerising free public exhibition. For 23 days, there will be over 65 lighting installations, 250 music events across 30 inner city venues and hundreds of talks and events to choose from.

Vivid Sydney is where art, technology and commerce intersect:

> Vivid Light will transform Sydney into a wonderland of 'light art' sculptures with innovative light installations and grand-scale projections - and it's free for public viewing.
> Vivid Music presents a cutting-edge contemporary music program.
> Vivid Ideas is the Asia Pacific's annual celebration of innovation, creativity and community.

WHEN: Opening on the weekend May 26, followed by a jam-packed event & activity calendar until June 17.

WHERE: Sydney, New South Wales

HOW: Go to http://www.vividsydney.com to sign up and start to add to your 'MyVivid' itinerary! And follow #vividsydney

Here are 10 reasons to go to Vivid Sydney this year:

1. Listen! Over 250 events in this year's line-up. Exclusive performance by electropop queen Goldfrapp (June 2), Fleet Foxes headline (May 26), Air (June 3), Richie Hawtin, Laura Marling (June 12) and many more.

2. See the light! The biggest ever display of light technology, visual arts and performance. First time this year, streets of Barangaroo will be lit up - so follow on in the illuminated trail of installations through intimate laneways and past waterfront vistas. Also, the pop-up landmark "Sydneyland" will be a beautiful iconic photo backdrop this year!

3. Network! A learning hub for exchange of ideas for entrepreneurs, businesses and creative leaders. Best opportunity to harness and leverage on innovation, technology and collaborative networks among all sectors.

4. Connect with your inner animal! Amazing light sculptures and lanterns in Taronga Zoo. Be spoiled by a cast of new characters and surprises. Love animals? Gain awareness for animal conservation in support of Taronga Zoo's centenary commitment to prevent extinction.

5. Dine alfresco! From stunning harbourside locations to inner-city heritage makeovers, enjoy the Sydney skyline as your open-air wine and dine entertainment in Opera bar, Zephyr and Charlie Parker's.

6. Evening harbour cruise! Sail past the Sydney Opera House and illuminated Sydney ferries under the multicoloured Sydney Harbour Bridge during the light show.

7. Love the great outdoors? Take the idyllic getaway with your special someone or go on a solo expedition. Kayak through the sunset, trek from Bondi to Coogee beach via beautiful coastal walk or – calling adrenaline junkies – sign up for the BridgeClimb!

8. Winter magic! Fed up with the humidity? Look no further Sydney is cooler and breezy this time of year.

9. Eat! Take an amazing food tour down the pop up restaurant street. Go to Martin Place for an uber trendy "hot coals" Porteno treat or visit the Vivid night market.

10. Get a good deal! Travel packages including flights, accommodation and Vivid Sydney experiences are available: http://sg.sydney.com/destinations/sydney/sydney-city/vivid-sydney

» Vivid Sydney package from S$438 per person (RM1,362). 4 days, 3 nights, includes: The Rocks Walking Tour, Sydney Opera House, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds, and Vivid Sydney.

» Vivid Sydney Spectacular from S$658 per person (RM2,046). 4 days, 3 nights, includes: Vivid Sydney dinner cruise, a full day tour of Blue Mountains, Port Stephens or Canberra.

For more, watch the countdown ticker at https://www.vividsydney.com/