‘A chance to plan properly’ Vivid to return in August

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Vivid Sydney saw record numbers on its opening weekend.

Sydney’s annual Vivid festival is set to return in August next year giving organisers enough time to plan the flagship event.

This year’s festival was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres says he is “hopeful that by August next year we’re in a restriction-free environment”.

“It just became very obvious we couldn’t conduct a safe Vivid [this year],” Ayres told 2GB.

“In hindsight we made the right call. It would have been pretty much a flop to run Vivid at the time we planned.

“We are now taking a little bit of a cautious approach by pushing it back further in the year. This gives everyone a chance to plan properly for Vivid in 2021.”

While Ayers said the organisers couldn’t be sure of the conditions “for a number of months, he said it was important to be optimistic.

“I think it’s important that we are not paralysed by fear,” he said.