Vivid 2022: Lights, camera, action for comeback after Covid

It has been almost three years in the making and now Sydney’s 12th festival of lights is ready to kick off. Here’s your first look at the spectacular display set to illuminate Circular Quay.

The pandemic may have snuffed out Vivid’s lights for the past two years, but this week it’s coming back, bigger and brighter than ever.

The Daily Telegraph caught a taste of what to expect in Vivid 2022 when the Museum of Contemporary Art was lit up Monday evening with the vibrant, colorful triangular work of Sydney abstract artist Helen Eager.

“I think it’s going to be uplifting, so that’s going to be good for this time,” Eager said of her first work showing at Vivid.

“I’ve always been into color and light, but it was really great to have a new way of working (with them).”

Pulsing to the electronic beats of Sydney musician Paul Mac, the display – a collaboration with artists Rico and Julian Reinhold – is sure to add color to the city as it comes back to life.

The light show, with 15 projectors covering the six-story facade of the MCA, tells the story of Eager’s artistic journey since 1988 while working in New York.

Phoenix Drivas (5) and Emily Farrell (12) were lucky enough to catch the MCA in the light.

Emily is looking forward to the 8 km light walk that runs along the harbor to Central Station.

“I especially like it when the lights come on at the Sydney Opera House,” she said.

The festival will take place this year from May 27 to June 18.

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