Best Of Vivid For Under $30

June 3, 2019

Vivid is officially here and warming up our cold winter hearts with spectacular light displays, art, music, and other events. We’ve shared the announcement of The Cure as the headliner, we’ve also shared our list of must-see events, and now for all you cheapskates – here are our top picks for a cheap night out (and also one where you might avoid massive crowds!)

Vivid Ideas

Vivid Art After Hours presents a series of live performances and talks at the Art Gallery of NSW for free. On the 5th of June, a collaboration between artist Abdul Abdullah and rapper, poet and author Omar Musa will explore belonging, self-expression and creativity in modern Australia. If that’s not your cup of tea, catch a live session of ABC’s hit TV show, ‘You can’t ask that’ – NSFW questions guaranteed. Be there by 6:30pm and if you feel like splurging a little, you can even visit the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2019 for just $20.

COST: FREE – $20

Light Qualities @ St. Stephen’s Uniting Church

This is a particularly cool and unique venue that is showcasing an exciting series of concerts presented by an emerging Sydney-based composer and performer collective, Konzertprojekt. You can catch a string quartet, Australian music, performance art – totally immersive experience. Best part? Totally FREE!


Extra Silky Extravaganza @ Freda’s

Extra Silky is a hair salon that blurs the lines between hair, art, fashion, music, and self-care. You’ll be able to have sick boogie at this unique venue amongst the queerest of folks. Expect funk music, light displays and dramatic visual effects. Back for a second year by popular demand – you’ll be sorry to miss it!

COST: $20

Blacklight: Dessert Lab

What’s a night out without food? Bringing together food, art and architecture, Motti & Smith and Belle Laide Events present the Darling Square Blacklight installation, a glow-in-the-dark dessert bar. Collaborating with Messina, DOPA by Devon Café, Edition Coffee Roasters and Bubble Nini, the rotating menu offers a dessert for all taste buds. Make sure to get there between 6-11pm!

COST: $8-15

Why not make a trip out of it? We’ve included all the details below, along with a friendly accommodation option. Budget-friendly for the win!

Vivid Ideas @ Art Gallery of NSW (Entrance Court)
Wednesday 5 June, Wednesday 12 June, 6:30pm
Tickets: Website
Accommodation: ibis Sydney World Square, ibis Sydney Darling Harbour, ibis Sydney King Street Wharf

Light Qualities @ St. Stephen’s Uniting Church
Thursday 6 June, Friday 14 June
Tickets: Website
Accommodation: ibis Sydney World Squareibis Sydney Darling Harbouribis Sydney King Street Wharf

Extra Silky Extravaganza @ Freda’s
Sunday 9 June
Tickets: Available at the door
Accommodation: ibis Sydney World Squareibis Sydney Darling Harbouribis Sydney King Street Wharf

Blacklight: Dessert Bar @ Darling Square
Friday 24 May – Saturday 15 June (6pm-11pm)
Tickets: No ticket needed
Accommodation: ibis Sydney World Squareibis Sydney Darling Harbouribis Sydney King Street Wharf


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