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See trees in Australia light up in kaleidoscopic colours for the Vivid Sydney festival

No, you haven’t fallen into Wonderland – the rainbow trees at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney have been lit up in dazzling colours to celebrate a huge festival in the Australian city.

A tree is illuminated.
A tree is illuminated. Image by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

The ‘Garden of Light’ display at The Royal Botanic Gardens is a part of Vivid Sydney, the “world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas”.

A tree is illuminated.
A tree is illuminated. Image by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

The brightly-coloured displays feature installations and 3D mapped projections that illuminate the trees with a kaleidoscope of brilliant colours.

A poses for a photo inside the 'Cathedral of Light' at The Royal Botanic Gardens on May 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Held annually, Vivid Sydney is the world's largest festival of light, music and ideas.
A poses for a photo inside the ‘Cathedral of Light’ at The Royal Botanic Gardens on May 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Image by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

The gardens, which are located near the Sydney Opera House, also feature the 60-metre long Cathedral of Light, a bright tunnel made of thousands of LED lights that visitors can walk through.

A tree is illuminated.
A tree is illuminated. Image by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Another incredible feature is the Sentiment Cocoon, an interactive installation that “seeks to express human emotion through the medium of light”.

A tree is illuminated.
A tree is illuminated. Image by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

The Vivid Sydney festival is in its eight year and features a variety of amazing light displays, like a display of illuminated endangered animal sculptures at the Taronga Zoo.

A tree is illuminated.
A tree is illuminated. Image by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

The festival will not be limited to light installations, but will include musical performances and Vivid Ideas, which is a forum for discussions and debates. The light display at the botanic gardens and the Vivid Sydney festival run from 27 May to 18 June.