Image of the sails of the Sydney Opera House illuminated in electric blues and pinks.

Running from 26th May to 17th June, Sydney’s Vivid Festival is the largest of its kind in Australia. And we are pleased to see the continued investment by the Festival organisers into making the event more accessible year on year. 

This year’s festival has even more sensory-friendly events, audio described and Auslan interpreted events and wheelchair accessible areas than ever before, to make the festival an event that everyone can enjoy. The event is split into three areas: Vivid Light, Vivid Music and Vivid Ideas. 

Vivid Light

Vivid Light is the main attraction for most visitors to Vivid and where light art installations are projected onto the side of iconic Sydney buildings such as the Opera House, Customs House, and The Museum of Contemporary Art. Additionally, there are standalone art pieces and sculptures dotted throughout precincts across the city. These include Barangaroo, Chatswood, Darling Harbour, Opera House, Taronga Zoo and the Rocks, amongst others. There are 58 installations that are wheelchair friendly, 67 that are audio described, 1 Companion Card and 1 that is sensory-friendly. From ethereal columns to sunflowers, to the harbour bridge and beyond to the Sydney Opera House, there really is a vast array of interactive and beautiful lights displays. 

For more information about the light installations, visit: Vivid Sydney - Light 

Vivid Music

Vivid Music is a dynamic program of cutting-edge music including live performances and music collaborations from local and international artists. 

There is a multitude of music events across the city. An example of an accessible, Hearing Loop friendly experience is Dianne Reeves, who is a jazz vocalist. This show takes place in the City Recital Hall which is an accessible and inclusive venue. Featuring a T-Loop system, National relay Service is supported, as are Companion Cards and offers lift access, accessible toilets and seating. 

There are a number of accessible music events taking place with more information available here: Vivid Sydney - Music 

Vivid Ideas

Vivid Ideas lets visitors connect with leaders and learn new skills through a series of lectures and discussions.  

Taking Artists with Disability Seriously

This event discusses how theatre-makers, visual artists, and dancers with disability get taken seriously by bringing together findings from across Europe, the US, and the UK where professional inclusive arts are explored. Three recent Winston Churchill Fellows, Sarah-Vyne Vassallo (Murmuration), Gabrielle Mordy (studio A) and Alison Richardson (RUCKUS) headline the event, with a panel discussion chaired by the CEO of Accessible Arts. 

Tickets are $15 and are available via an external website called The Ticket Group

There are many more interesting events taking place throughout Vivid Ideas. For more information visit Vivid Sydney Ideas

There are many more resources available at the Vivid Festival website including an interactive accessible map, information on interactive tours and volunteers who can assist. For more information, visit: Vivid Sydney - Access and Inclusion

Inclusive PlaySPACE

Tumbalong Lights Inclusive PlaySPACE at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour is one of Vivid Sydney’s most popular attractions for people of all ages and abilities. The design process for Tumbalong Lights involved extensive collaboration with artists with disability to create a world where everyone belongs. Tumbalong Lights is presented by Vivid Sydney's Access and Inclusion Partner Cushman & Wakefield.

A temporary adult change facility is located at Tumbalong Park for the duration of Vivid Sydney.

For more information, visit Vivid Sydney - Events - Tumblong Inclusive PlaySPACE

if you need more assistance, contact IDEAS on 1800 029 904


Information sourced from VividSydney.com