The anticipation killed me.
I often get worked up over the littlest things. Vivid Sydney 2016 was one of those things that sent my heart racing and anxiety creeping in slowly. I really hate crowds. But, to see the world’s largest light show outweighed the fact that I hate feeling like a sardine in a can without air holes.
I had plans to see Vivid Sydney 2016 the previous weekend along with other exciting plans that I had been looking forward to for a couple of weeks. However, Mother Nature had other plans. Instead, she unleashed a monsoon all over New South Wales that saw the death of several people and massive flooding. I spent most of my 4 days in Sydney walled up in my hostel bed where it was dry and I could watch Netflix.
Thankfully, I was given a second chance to see Vivid Sydney 2016 last night. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. After receiving a massive beating from my awesome osteopath to get my hips back into alignment after a horse kick a few weeks prior, I made a beeline down to the Opera House for the start of the most epic light show in the world.
Vivid Sydney began in 2008 as a modest light and music show. Now in its 8th year, Vivid Sydney is now the largest show of its kind in the world bringing together art, technology, and commerce in one of the largest cities in the world.
Vivid Sydney runs for 23 days from May to June every winter. Over the years, the show has expanded from Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House to encompass over 10 different locations throughout the city. If you ever find yourself in Sydney during Vivid Sydney, it is a must see event.
Despite the crowds, seeing Vivid Sydney 2016 has certainly topped anything I’ve done in Australia thus far. Just look at these photos, which don’t even do it justice. Just go.