Vivid Sydney will be back for its fifth year from May 24, with an expanded program that is set to transform the city and harbour into a colourful canvas of light, music and ideas.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner announced the festival’s centrepiece, the lighting of the Sydney Opera House sails, will be designed by Australian creative innovators, The Spinifex Group, and showcase a newly commissioned artwork that will transport audiences through a playfully projected journey celebrating Vivid Sydney in an immersive new way.

“Vivid Sydney is bigger and better than ever, with an expanded program across light, music and ideas and an extended footprint in new and existing precincts across Sydney from Fort Denison to Walsh Bay and now the inner west,” Mr Stoner said.

“In 2012 Vivid Sydney attracted record crowds of more than 500,000 people, and generated global media coverage in more than 150 countries and around $10 million in new money for the state.”