Vivid Sydney 2021: Why this event should be your bubble popping trip

If you've been thinking about heading to Sydney but neither the amazing sea-plane ride or the musical Hamilton have been enough to convince you, then this event may just be the one that gets you booking. 

A couple of weeks ago, the program for this year's Vivid Sydney was released, and its revealed the annual festival keeps getting better.

If you're not familiar with Vivid, then the video above will give you some idea of what to expect.

Vivid transforms the Harbour City into an extraordinary playground of the unexpected.

Except for one thing, you can expect a Kiwi connection, with singer and songwriter TEEKS performing at the nearly month long event.

Vivid begins on Friday August 6 and runs until Saturday August  28, and has more than 200 events, including three light installations by New Zealand artists.

Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres says the event is not only the best time to finally leave the bubble of Aotearoa, but it's also the best time to see Sydney after dark.

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Stalactite Angus Muir Design Photo credit: Destination NSW

"Vivid Sydney 2021 will be unlike anything you've seen before, transforming five locations across the CBD with unexpected light-art installations and projections, eclectic music  performances and thought-provoking talks. The Vivid Sydney we know and love will be back, from the creativity and innovation to interactivity and excitement," he said.

And speaking of lights, the minister wasn't afraid to shamelessly plug the event either.

"New Zealanders have a huge appetite for adventure and events, and I encourage them all to start planning their visit to Vivid Sydney now, Ayres said.

In 2021, the ideas are big, bright, bold and are set across the city at five locations, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour and Luna Park.

Vivid Sydney 2021: Why this event should be your bubble popping trip
Photo credit: Destination NSW

Festival Director Gill Minervini says as with previous years, this year's event will not only be stunning visually, it will also make people think.

"Vivid Sydney is all about pushing boundaries and transporting  festival-goers to a playground of the unexpected. This year's program delivers fresh and engaging  content, bringing feelings of joy, wonder, discovery, hope and excitement to all who absorb it," Minervini said.

The 2021 program dives into the rich, diverse and ever-evolving cultural landscape including Aboriginal heritage, Sydney's LGBTQI+ culture, and the incredible group of strong, empowered women who continue to ensure Vivid Sydney remains relevant globally.