Boom! Vivid Sydney in your face

Boom! Vivid Sydney in your face

Winter's hottest festival ticket hits town again, with half a million revelers lining up
Vivid Sydney
Turn on, tune in, drop out with half a million visitors at Vivid Sydney this year.

Hey -- if it’s good enough for the Guardian newspaper to rate as one of the world’s 10 best “ideas” festivals, then Vivid Sydney is all right by us, sport.

This year’s fourth running of the citywide event spans May 25-June 11, with the blinged-out Opera House as its focus.

Those peacock-like sails on the Sydney icon are the handiwork of German light artists Urbanscreen, by the way.

The now-annual winter festival appears to be playing a key role in attracting visitors to the New South Wales capital, according to Destination NSW’s Sandra Chipchase.

“Images of the illuminated Sydney Opera House sails have been seen by millions of people across the globe,” she said.

“Last year 45,000 interstate and overseas visitors attended Vivid Sydney.”

Lights, music ...

Speaking of numbers, organizers expect half a million people to attend across the 18 days of events -- that’s up by a quarter on 2011.

Highlights -- forgive us -- will include the various son et lumière events, as well as performances by Florence And The Machine, The Temper Trap and Janelle Monáe.

The Vivid Sydney lights will be switched on every day of the festival from 6 p.m. to midnight. See the show for free around The Rocks and Circular Quay, as well as all over (literally) the Opera House, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Customs House.

More on CNNGo: Vivid Sydney 2011