Vivid Sydney 2016: Top 5 things to do

This year, Vivid Sydney is bigger and better than ever. The 2016 program features a wide variety of speakers, workshops, live performances and more, celebrating the art, creativity and innovation of Sydney. While we all love the lights all over the city and Harbour, there are so many must-see and must-do events, it's hard to choose just 5.

1. Women in Electronic Music Symposium
On Saturday 18 June, Vivid Ideas will host a Women in Electronic Music Symposium, presented by MusicNSW. This is a must for any music fan, bringing together incredible female electronic music artists and DJs. The event includes a 3 day masterclass series, debate panel and a one-night-only showcase of female talent at the Vivid Ideas Exchange. The showcase includes music from Banoffee, Rainbow Chan, GL, Habits, BUOY and Mira Boru at the MCA rooftop, for FREE! More information and tickets here.

MCA during Vivid Sydney, 2015. Image courtesy Vivid Sydney. MCA during Vivid Sydney, 2015. Image courtesy Vivid Sydney

2. Game-Changers: Margaret Zhang
One of Australia's most most influential creatives: with a global fanbase following her work as a stylist, photographer, and creative director for brands including UNIQLO, Swarovski, Clinique, Louis Vuitton and more. As part of Vivid Ideas, Margaret Zhang shares the journey of her career to this point; her approaches to collaborations and working with brands, and lets you in on the processes and practices that make her prolific output possible. She will appear as part of the Vivid Ideas Game-Changers Talk Series: conversations with global creative industries leaders, and will be hosted by Alyx Gorman, Editor of TimeOut Sydney. Buy tickets here.

3. Sydney's Hidden Stories
The façade of Sydney’s Customs House at Circular Quay plays host to the fantastical wonders of Sydney’s Hidden Stories, where a blue-tongue lizard leads visitors through haunting landscapes of warty witches and wizards, gnomes and cocky cockatoos. Kids and adults alike will love this walk, full of fun and adventure, Sydney's Hidden Stories begins at 6pm nightly from 27 May to 18 June.

Travel Secret: Step onto the New Reality Viewing Platform and use Huawei’s latest smartphones and tablets for an amazing augmented reality experience at Customs House.

Customs House. Image courtesy Vivid Sydney. Customs House. Image courtesy Vivid Sydney

4. Code in the Park
Yahoo and General Assembly are presenting this introduction to coding for all ages and abilities on Saturday 18 June at aMBUSH Gallery, Central Park. There will be inspirational panels, talks, interactive demos and a coding lesson for beginners from Australia’s leaders in tech, creativity and innovation. If you're interested in learning to code, or if you fancy yourself a pro, head here to learn from the best and test your skills. As Steve Jobs once said, "Why should everyone learn how to code? “Because it teaches you how to think." Register here for free.

Central Park. Image courtesy Vivid Sydney. Central Park. Image courtesy Vivid Sydney.

5. Etsy Sydney Made Market
Celebrate all things handmade and meet local crafters, collectors, artisans and designers from etsy.com at the Etsy Sydney Made Market. A fun-filled day for discovering meaningful art, homewares and gifts and interacting with the makers and curators who are the heart and soul of Etsy.com, the online marketplace for handmade and vintage products. The markets are being held at Pier 2/3, Hickson Rd, Dawes Point on 4 June.

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