Vivid attractions cancelled due to ‘severe weather’ across Sydney

A week of wild weather conditions that have brought rain across Sydney has forced the closure of one of the city’s most popular winter events.

A number of attractions at this year’s Vivid event were canceled on Saturday due to the “severe weather” that hit the Harbor City.

In a statement, Destination NSW said a number of events had been canceled for Saturday, including the Vivid Light Walk and Tumbalong Nights at Tumbalong Park.

The Vivid Fire Kitchen at The Goods Line and the Lightscape experience at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens were also destroyed by the wild weather.

“Public safety is always Vivid Sydney’s top priority,” it said in a statement.

“We encourage everyone to continue to follow our social media updates to monitor future changes to the program.”

Many other attractions are expected to remain open on Saturday despite the rain, including music and culinary events.

Vivid is one of Sydney’s biggest annual events, attracting more than 3.4 million in 2023, with almost 500,000 in the first weekend alone, a record for the event.

The cancellation comes just a week into this year’s event, during which attractions at the Sydney Opera House and Carriagworks remain open.

A 5,000km band of cloud tracking across the country has raised the possibility of a week of wild weather across the country.

According to forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology, the weather pattern will bring rain to as much as 90 percent of the country by Sunday.

A 100% chance of rain was forecast for Sydney on Saturday and Sunday, with between 3mm and 20mm forecast for the latter.

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