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Lights of Vivid to return to Australia in COVID-19 revival

After being cancelled two years in a row due to the pandemic, one of Sydney’s most iconic events, Vivid Sydney, is set to once again light up the city’s most famous landmarks.

From May 27 to June 18, each night as the sun goes down Sydney will be lit up with illuminations, installations and interactive events, bringing together light artists, music makers and a variety of creatives to celebrate the soul of Sydney.

New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres, who kicked off the 23-day event on Friday evening, said after two years of darkness Vivid 2022 would be “bigger, brighter and bolder” than ever.

“This is the moment that we have all been waiting for… it’s time to put a smile back on everyone’s faces, and that’s exactly what Vivid’s going to do,” said Ayres moments before the lights were turned on for the first time.

And for the first time in its 12-year history, the event was kicked off with a “First Light” smoking ceremony and Indigenous performance, in acknowledgement and celebration of Australia’s Indigenous peoples and culture.

And, although the crowds are expected to be lower than before the pandemic, Ayres urged visitors to plan ahead as “massive crowds” were expected.

“The weekends are going to be huge… I’m quite confident Sydneysiders and people right around the country really want to get out and about and see Vivid,” he said.

The event will see 11 sections across downtown Sydney lit up, including the iconic Darling Harbour, the sails of Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Over the 23 nights a total of 200 hours of unique moving images would be projected onto the Opera House, the centerpiece of the festival.

The event will also host a Vivid Ideas Exchange, at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) with talks, seminars and film screenings, designed to spark debate between the nation’s top minds.

Source: United News of Bangladesh