The beautiful city of Sydney and its iconic landmarks are being illuminated for the Vivid Sydney festival for the next couple of weeks.
Building on six years of success, Sydney has ramped up its efforts again this year with a total of over 60 light installations, 70 musical performances and 150 ideas events.
Last Friday, thousands of visitors huddled together in the cold wind and rain to witness the lighting up of the 227-year-old city.
Over at the harbour, a fleet of ferries and boats flashed different colours and messages as they glided across the water. Sitting in the background was the Opera House, brought to life with a technicolour light show projected onto its sails.
Among the festival's stellar installations were the stories told on the Customs House, which at 170 years, is one of the oldest standstone buildings in Sydney. Titled 'Enchanted', the animation by Spinifex Group featured Sydney's flora and fauna in magical sequences that thrilled children and stunned visitors who applauded fervently at the end of each loop.
The magic of Vivid Sydney was also felt at The Rocks where the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) sits. Here, a hypnotic light show featuring geometric shapes, lines and prisms transformed the MCA into a visual masterpiece. The show, created by artists from Australia and France, makes the visitor focus intently on how visuals and sound blend together seamlessly to provide different and unique experiences.
Also spectacular were the interactive light installations across the city. Spectators engaged in activities such as playing tunes on lighted musical steps and sculpting their own graphics with movement. Visitors also put on their DJ hats at the First Fleet Park's interactive hub where a series of sensor cubes pulsated with light and played musical sounds when touched.
Those who were in the mood for reliving their childhood memories took part in a revamped version of the game of Duck, Duck, Goose. Participants can change the colour of large container drums, which respond to touch, sound and ambient light.
The picturesque Darling Harbour was also given a fresh makeover as a laser-light show took place on the water. Visitors wowed and applauded as dynamic jets and spirals of water danced to the beat of electronic music produced by Sydney's very own the Presets. In this installation by Oracle-Liquid, a total of 30,000 litres of seawater was launched and recycled in every minute of the show. Jets of water can be shot as far as 100m across the harbour and more than 30m into the night sky.
Over the years, Vivid Sydney has become one of Sydney's most highly-anticipated events. The team behind the light show this year has set the bar even higher after an estimated 1.43 million people attended the event last year.
This year's festival is directed by Filipino-Australian Ignatius Jones, who was also a major creative force behind the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
Vivid Sydney runs from 6pm to midnight from May 22 to June 8.