Vivid Sydney takes Sydney by storm in the month of May every year. This is Sydney’s iconic light, music and ideas festival and it is getting bigger this 2016. This year, Vivid Sydney will extend to the much loved Taronga Zoo on the other side of the harbour. The festival will light up the Taronga Zoo to celebrate its 100th birthday.

According to The Daily Telegraph, the zoo will be illuminated by a host of animal figures and thousands of lanterns. The Vivid Sydney website reveals that fascinating creatures will take a centre stage during the festival nights. These include the magnificent Asian elephant and the Corroboree frog, among others.

They will be supported by interactive lighting, sound effects and moving parts. This will make the Taronga sculptures the largest and most technologically advanced lanterns in Vivid Sydney. The idea behind this initiative is to inspire visitors to “be a light for the wild” and support the zoo’s efforts in creating a shared future for wildlife and people.

“Visitors to Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo will be welcomed by a grand projection onto the façade of the heritage-listed main entrance building, which leads into a journey filled with thousands of lanterns including 10 magnificent, larger-than-life animal sculptures, illuminated to shine a light on the 10 critical species Taronga has committed to protecting,” Stuart Ayres, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events said in an official statement.

Spice News states that NSW school students will also play an important role in the festival at Taronga Zoo. “As part of the centenary celebrations, NSW primary school students participating in Taronga’s education program are invited to construct their own mini lanterns of the 10 critical species which will feature at Vivid Sydney,” the Minister for the Environment Mark Speakman informed.

This program will educate the students about the conservation work done by Taronga Zoo. It will also their spark creativity when they create their lanterns which will be displayed at the festival.

Vivid Sydney starts from May 27  to June 13 , 2016.