Sydney’s iconic lights, music, and ideas festival will start in just about a few hours today. Vivid Sydney is bigger and better and starts with the lighting of the popular Sydney landmark, the Opera House.

Vivid Sydney draws in crowds of over a million. This time, with added locations, it just promises to be bigger than past years. The festival will start with the “Songlines” projection on the sails of the Opera House.

According to the Daily Telegraph, “Songlines” highlights themes like astronomy and the natural world in an artwork that brings together six Indigenous artists. The Royal Botanic Gardens will receive a complete makeover with 3D projections. There will be glowing and shimmering trees and bushes along with the 60-metre long and eight-metre high “Cathedral of Light.” The Cathedral will be a tunnel, which will be lit by thousands of small globes of light.

ANN states that another new venue to join Vivid is the popular Taronga Zoo. It joins the festival to mark its 100th birthday. The zoo is popular with the kids and this time, it will feature lighted animal sculptures and thousands of lanterns. The zoo plans to “be a light for the wild” and has sculptures and lanterns that are the largest and most technologically advanced in Sydney.

Then there is a huge hypnotic fountain at Martin Place which will live stream global birth rate data as “human water droplets.” Martin Place will also have the Mountain of Light which will show the mountain changing colours and simulates the eruption with shooting flames and molten lava.

According to the website, Westfield Sydney will feature an “enchanted forest,” while Walsh Bay will feature an “underwater forest.” Then there is an amazing laser-dragon water-theatre that will run every half hour at the Darling Harbour. It is one of the highlights of Vivid Sydney. It includes a mindblowing show with four video-projected water-screens, 56 fountains, 22 flame jets and 10 powerful lasers.

There are installations, shows, exhibits and performances in places such as Circular Quay, The Rocks, Chatswood, and The Galeries. The line up is exciting and as you walk around the city, make sure to try and taste the food at the Night Markets, cafes, restaurants as well as in the stalls in the vicinity.