Vivid Sydney postponed due to ongoing lockdown

The NSW Tourism Minister said the event will only go ahead "if it’s safe to do so".

Vivid Sydney has been postponed to new dates in September and October, as Greater Sydney faces another two weeks of lockdown restrictions.

Due to kick off from 6 August, the annual light and creative festival will now take place between 17 September and 9 October.

This morning, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said due to the number of COVID-19 cases in the community, Sydney’s current lockdown will be extended for at least another two weeks until 11:59pm Friday, 30 July.

On Wednesday afternoon, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said Vivid Sydney will only go ahead “if it’s safe to do so”.

“The recent outbreak has presented a new challenge for everyone, and the health and safety of our citizens and entire event community involved in Vivid Sydney is our foremost concern” he said.

“Destination NSW will continue to work with NSW Health and other agencies to deliver a COVID-safe Vivid Sydney later this year, with support from our event partners, artists, sponsors, and suppliers.”

Ticketholders will be able to transfer their ticket to the new event date or request a refund.

Owned, managed and produced by the NSW Government through Destination NSW, Vivid Sydney provides a significant to the NSW visitor economy. In 2019, the three-week event delivered $172 million for the state.

Full details of the revised program will be available online in the coming weeks.

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