THIS IS AUSTRALIA
26 January, 2018 from sunrise to sunset
THIS IS AUSTRALIA invites you to relax, eat, listen, play and laugh. Join us at Barangaroo to share in our collective story through food, music and art.
Start the day at the Sunrise Ceremony conducted by the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and then enjoy Sydney Festival’s Bayala-Baraya: Sing Up Country performance which is part of the WugulOra ceremony, the official opening of the NSW Australia Day Council’s program. WugulOra starts with the ceremonial Mourning Fire travelling across the harbour from Me-mel (Goat Island) where a procession of Aboriginal women transport the fire to Barangaroo Reserve.
From 8.30am an all-day Sydney brunch curated by Jared Ingersoll will see a menu reflect the best flavours of Australia including international favourites fused to create new culinary delights. There will be something for everyone (even the fussy) like these local favourites: bacon & egg rolls from our Aussie car-be-cue, avo’ on toast and meat pies. There will even be a decent cuppa tea on hand. A menu for all of us!
Music director and DJ, Peewee Ferris, will deliver an immersive soundtrack showcasing the musical diversity of Australia. The soundtrack will commence with a live performance by Casey Donovan and will continue throughout the day with Latin, Reggae, Blues and Soul. There will be songs for the kids, some Funk to Aussie Pop and throw in some Aussie Rock’n’Roll. A soundtrack for all of us!
More activities throughout the day include watching Sydney’s annual Ferrython from a perfect vantage point on the Reserve.
As the day draws to a close, you are invited to participate in Sydney Festival’s Four Thousand Fish. Create your own frozen fish using sea water and a cast mould to help return the frozen fish to the Harbour. Join us at this large-scale art installation to celebrate fisherwoman Barangaroo, the influential and resilient Cammeraygal woman after whom the place is named.