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From rooftop to water level, the Australian National Maritime Museum provides Vivid Sydney perspectives

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As part of Vivid Sydney 2024, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest multi-artform festival, the Australian National Maritime Museum is proud to present Barani, a story that stretches back thousands of years, exploring themes of humanity, compassion, and connection.

Museum residents, Sydney Harbour Kayaks are also offering patrons a front row seat to view Barani and many other mesmerising Vivid installations as part of a Moonlight Sea Kayaking experience around Darling Harbour.


Developed by Studio Gilay, Barani is a bittersweet narrative set in Warrane (Sydney Cove) 500 years ago, juxtaposing humanity’s current existence with a time of harmony between humans and nature. The story, rich in historical and cultural value, prompts audiences to reconsider the history of the land under their feet.

This immersive experience of animation, sound and storytelling will be projected onto the museum rooftop daily from until June 15 from 6pm until 11pm. It will also be playing daily in the Bamal Gallery in the museum.

We encourage viewing from nearby vantage points, Pyrmont Bridge or King Street Wharf as part of the festival’s world-famous Vivid Light Walk.

VIVID Sydney Moonlight Sea Kayaking Experience

For a unique and spectacular view of Barani and the other stunning Vivid installations in Darling Harbour, elevate your Vivid experience by joining the team from Sydney Harbour Kayaks on a 90-minute sea kayaking tour.

Beginning and ending at the Australian National Maritime Museum, kayaks, witness the mesmerizing transformation of Sydney as it bursts into a dazzling display of lights, all from the comfort of your floating perch.

These guided kayaking expeditions offer a rare opportunity to traverse Darling Harbour on a moonlit escapade, granting you an unparalleled, crowd-free perspective of Sydney's VIVID Festival.

Join us and seize this extraordinary chance to paddle through Sydney's iconic Harbour under the moon's gentle glow and embark on an unparalleled journey through Sydney’s enchanting nightscape.


Studio Gilay

Studio Gilay, founded in 2021 by Jake Duczynski and James Hackett, is a Sydney based production company known for their unique design, close collaboration, and honest approach to storytelling, committed to originality, diversity and authentic representation, Studio Gilay brings together dynamic and passionate team, over a third of whom are of First Nations heritage. This includes talented writers, directors, and artists.


About Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney, the Southern Hemisphere’s leading multi-artform festival, transforms Sydney into a vibrant hub of creativity, innovation and community connection. Over 23 nights, light installations, music, ideas and food inspire global audiences and drive cultural exchange. The 2024 theme, ‘Humanity,’ sparks reflection and engagement, attracting visitors and fuelling economic growth. Proudly owned by Destination NSW, Vivid Sydney showcases NSW’s cultural vibrancy and positions it as a global leader in artistic innovation.            



Images and videos available here.

For more information on Barani, please visit: Vivid Sydney - Australian National Maritime Museum (

For more information on the Moonlight Kayak Experience, please visit: Moonlight Sea Kayaking - Australian National Maritime Museum


For further information please contact:
Alex Gonzalez                 M: 0401 545 778    



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