Vivid Sydney has been rescheduled to run from 17 September to 9 October 2021 in light of the Greater Sydney lockdown.
Full details of the revised program will be revealed online in the coming weeks as venues and event owners finalise logistics.
Ticketholders will be able to transfer their ticket to the new event date or request a refund.
Following the cancellation of Vivid in 2020, the event was slated to make a comeback on 6 August.
NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres said the state must work together to contain the current outbreak to allow it to stride into recovery.
“We all want to see Sydney shine through the spectacular show of creativity and innovation that is Vivid Sydney in September and October this year,” Ayres said.
“The recent outbreak has presented a new challenge for everyone, and the health and safety of our citizens and entire event community involved in Vivid Sydney is our foremost concern.
“Destination NSW will continue to work with NSW Health and other agencies to deliver a COVID-safe Vivid Sydney later this year, with support from our event partners, artists, sponsors, and suppliers.
“Vivid Sydney will only proceed if it’s safe to do so.”
The festival is owned, managed and produced by the NSW Government through Destination NSW, and in 2019 delivered $172 million in expenditure to the NSW visitor economy.