Between throngs of people shuffling along slowly, we made our way from the train station to Circular Quay. Although it was mid week, the whole of Sydney seemed to be out and about for the Vivid Sydney festival. But we were determined to see what all this was about. After having been stuck inside for days because of heavy rain it was good to get out, shake up the routine of the work week and experience something new. We walked through the crowds along Circular Quay to get a good view of the Opera House, one of the buildings that is lit up with colourful projections for the Vivid Festival. Geometric patterns, aboriginal art works and animals tumbled over the, usually white, shapes of the building.
Our next stop, together with the masses, was the Royal Botanical Garden. Once we got through the gates it felt like being in a fairytale. The big trees were alive and you could see their hearts beating slowly in their stem and their roots, colours flowing along their branches like blood through veins, you could almost hear them talk. Along we went through a tunnel of thousands of fairy lights and on the other end when we looked up at the night sky we found more lights, dancing and blinking and moving into different patterns.
When it got late and we had gotten cold we walked out of the fairytale and got on a train back to the normal Sydney where there are no fairytale trees nor ever changing gigantic artworks. But this evening made an otherwise dull week a whole lot more exciting and magical!
Practical information about Vivid Sydney
Since 2009, Vivid Sydney has coloured the city in bright lights every winter during three weeks. From light projections to installations and performances, this festival is a big thing in Sydney. Of course the most popular buildings to be brought alive by Vivid are the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, world famous landmarks. This event is held in May and June every year so if you are visiting around that time, make sure to check the exact dates of Vivid Sydney.