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The lights went off for the best creative festival in the Southern hemisphere. So that's a good time to review the fifth edition of this annual event.
I think it was better than the 2012 festival, more vivid, brighter, more colourful.
There was nothing wrong with the previous one, which was just different, and, I think, more static. It had abandoned geometric forms and embraced people.
Click on the thumbnails on your right to see more images and read about the 2012 and other Vivid events.
But here's what happened in the 2013 edition. Check out these Sydney Vivid pictures to see how the opera dressed up.
Brighter. So much brighter, fresher and more cheerful with vivid hues of blues, greens, reds and yellows. A joy to watch.
Geometric shapes burst in a medley of colours, as if setting the sails in motion.
Translucent silhouettes appear on a light purple and blue background.
Then images of celebrities. Is this the face of Marylyn Monroe? Or are they just plain faces but you let your imagination get carried away with the explosion of colour and think it's a movie star?
Fiery red, electric blue and muted green leaves flutter softly as a bright tree crown emerges from the ocean.
Light reverberates again and transforms into comets that make a glorious entrance flapping their elongated tails
With professional equipment on tripods, or just smart cameras or iphones, the crowds are ready to capture all the vivid Sydney pictures. And they don't have to wait too long for something bold or unusual.
Like a leopard skin that rips the dark canvas of the night. Or is it a reptile skin?
With a bulging chameleon eye?
A rainbow of colour follows and brings the sails of the opera back from the jungle world to where they started - plain geometric shapes. Well, not so plain with those incandescent colours...
The creative Vivid Sydney festival included lights and animation projected on the Customs House, just like in 2012. Different animation though.
A rich palette of hues and shapes changed the facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Interactive light installations were everywhere around the Circular Quay. No wonder the number of people who attended the 18 nights-long event exceeded all expectations.
Visit the Museum of Sydney to learn about its history
Go to The Rocks to experience its history
Here's how the Sydney Harbour Bridge was built
How the Opera House was built...
...and who built it