LED there be light

Lights! Music! Action! The Vivid Sydney festival promises all these, and more.

The event, which showcases creativity in the form of light art and music with talks and workshops, is back for its eighth run this year.

Among the attractions is the Garden of Light, where visitors will take a magical journey through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney as part of its 200th birthday celebrations.

The glittering installations include the 60m-long Cathedral of Light (left), which is put together using hundreds of thousands of white light-emitting diodes, or LEDs.

The 23-day festival, voted Australia's Best Tourism Event, kicks off tomorrow and runs until June 18.

This year's edition has an extra five days and more locations added to the programme.

Other highlights this year include a virtual reality exhibition called Bjork Digital, with music at the opening curated by Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork.

There will also be performances by iconic new wave band New Order and a conference session with Jenji Kohan, the creator of the hit TV series Orange Is The New Black.

Last year, the event attracted a record 1.7 million visitors.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2016, with the headline 'LED there be light'. Print Edition | Subscribe