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Aussie hits out at ‘crazy’ cost to attend Vivid Sydney event: ‘Are you serious?’

Adult tickets cost up to $46, while family tickets are as much as $154. Plus, there's a surcharge for buying tickets on the same day as entry.

An Aussie woman has vented about the sky-high price of a popular Vivid Sydney event after discovering it would set families back more than $100. With families facing rising costs, she said it was a “ridiculous” price to pay.

Dark Spectrum: A New Journey premiered at the Wynyard Tunnels over the weekend as one of the “highlights” of the city’s annual event. The new light show spans one kilometer and includes a “spectrum of touchable colour” including hundreds of lasers, handmade lanterns and searchlights.

22-year-old Nariman Dein told Yahoo Finance she was keen to buy tickets to the event but was quickly put off by the price tag. After going online, she found it would cost her $51 to buy a same day adult ticket over the weekend and $174 to buy tickets for a family of four.

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The price of a popular Vivid Sydney event has sparked backlash among some Sydneysiders. (Source: TikTok)

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“You’re telling me in this economy if I had a child or two children I would have to pay that much money to only look at lights and then also pay for food and all of that stuff,” Dein said. “Are you serious? Really?”

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Adult ticket prices range from $35 to $46, kids ticket prices for ages 6 to 12 are between $24 to $35, while family tickets are $98 to $154.

Ticket prices depend on whether you are going during peak or off-peak times. Spectators can also be stung with an extra $5 surcharge per person if they purchase same day tickets.

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“It’s crazy. Especially because I’ve been to similar light shows before and it’s usually $10 to $20 per person so I don’t see why they are charging so much,” Dein told Yahoo Finance.

“I feel like you should make it affordable for people because people are already not spending.”

A Destination NSW spokesperson said Vivid Sydney strived to offer a range of experiences, including free and ticketed events across the festival.

“From the 8km Vivid Light Walk featuring over 30 light installations and 3D projections, Vivid Music every night at Tumbalong Park to the ‘After the Fact’ panel event at Barangaroo House - these are all examples of free events that will take place across the festival,” the spokesperson told Yahoo Finance.

“For the foodies out there, there’s also the Vivid Sydney Fire Kitchen which is free entry for barbeque demonstrations and masterclasses ensuring accessibility for everyone across all four pillars of Vivid Sydney.”

Vivid partners with artists and organisations for some events and this can come with production, technology and artist fees, which ticket sales go to recouping.

Dein posted a video on TikTok sharing her outrage over the prices and while many people shared they were disappointed the event was not free for families, others said the price may well be justified.

“I remember Vivid being a free event for the family … or was I dreaming,” one said.

“Yes I agree, not worth it [is] just too expensive,” another said.

“You gotta take into account how many workers they probably have to pay, tax, the cost of running the lights, rent, hiring stuff, etc… it seems ridiculous but imo it could possibly be justified,” another argued.

It’s not the first time the event has faced criticism over its prices. Last year, the Lightscape event at the Royal Botanic Gardens drew some backlash after it was revealed the ticketed event would cost families as much as $128.

Lightscape has returned again this year, with adult tickets costing up to $38 and family tickets up to $128. A $4 per person surcharge applies to same day tickets.

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