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Vivid Sydney transforms the harbour city

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3 June 2013 by Luke McCormick

The fifth annual Vivid Sydney festival (24 May - 10 June) has opened with amazing 3D-mapped light projections lighting the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Launching a greatly expanded Vivid Sydney this year, NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said the festival reinforced Sydney's position as Australia's global city and the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific.

"After a few short years Vivid Sydney is now the Southern Hemisphere's largest festival of light, music and ideas, and a globally renowned celebration of creativity and innovation," Mr Stoner said.

"2013 will be the biggest and boldest Vivid Sydney yet, showcasing the city like it's never been seen before to visitors not only from Sydney and NSW, but interstate and overseas, and promoting the world-class creative industries of NSW.

"The Vivid Light footprint has tripled in size and for the first time Sydney's famous Harbour Bridge will come alive with a spectacular installation... in a world-first interactive programmable lighting installation on the bridge's western face, controlled by the public from a touch screen located on the Luna Park boardwalk.

"With the Sydney Harbour Bridge installation visible from Balmain, North Sydney and a multitude of harbourside vantage points on the western side of the bridge, Vivid Light illuminates more parts of the city and is accessible to more people than ever before.

"In another first, Vivid Light has extended into Darling Harbour, transforming the area into a spectacle of dancing water fountains, water screen projection performances and dazzling light and water shows, never seen before in Australia, masterminded by France's legendary Aquatique Show International.

"Crowd favourites Customs House, Circular Quay, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, The Rocks and Walsh Bay will again become a canvas for the public to enjoy wonderful light projections and installations that will appeal to all ages."

See our selection of the best photo highlights from the Vivid Sydney festival.

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