Embracing the winter sun’s rays after work, hitting that outdoor lounge oasis with illustrious views of the harbour and a rustic interior for luxury share plates with attendants doting over your every need. It’s the sophisticated treehouse that defined Barangaroo when it first opened and redefined our elite expectations of drinking and dining in the city.
‘To Come Back” is the meaning for the new feature at Barangaroo, WELLAMA, a Cadigal word, its an invitation to experience the spirit of EORA country through art.
Created by artists Alison Page and Nik Lachajczak, Wellama is a celebration of ritual, ceremony and story practised on Country since time immemorial. It welcomes visitors to Gadigal Country and pays respect to the Traditional Custodians of this land. The work is not intended to ever to replace the traditional welcome by elders, but to strengthen the meaning of that ceremony and enhance people’s understanding of its importance among all Australians.
It is a 10 minute audio visual art loop that plays continuously and welcomes visitors to land, sea and sky country at Barangaroo. The work captures the essence of the ‘Welcome to Country’ by creating a visceral, and emotional experience that is a celebration of the continuity of culture through ceremony and the cycles of nature.
When Vivid Sydney kicks off this weekend, the six metre tall puppet installation, ‘Marri Dyin” (‘Great Woman’ in Sydney local language) returns taking centre stage at the Barangaroo waterfront precinct which will be transformed into a magical busland setting entitled, ‘Winter Camp’.
The artistic collaboration brings together the talents of Erth Visual & Physical Inc., Jacob Nash, Mandylights and James Brown. Combining world-class puppetry, mechanics, sound and light, the artwork and performance will be a spectacular showcase of Australian artistic innovation and creativity.
For those new to Sydney Festival, it’s a three week summer celebration of the city, its ideals, thoughts and community make up that draws in hundreds of thousands of people each year. Its origins go back to the 1950s Waratah Festival which was hosted in the Spring. The earlier advents of Sydney Festival included vintage car rallies, face painting, kite flying to bocce, dog obedience trials and Chinese scarf dancing. The 1980s saw the breakout of a riot when profitability and artistic credibility were brought into question. Today the staging area of venues extends throughout the CBD out to the Western Suburb showgrounds, Eastern Suburb and South premiering international and local productions exploring subject matter through celebration, commemoration and social awareness.
Barangaroo is named after a leader of the Cammeraygal people and wife of Kenneling of the Wangal people, ancestral elders of the First peoples. The transformation from a disused container terminal on the edge of Sydney’s CBD into a spectacular 22 hectare waterfront precinct will see the streets of Barangaroo come to life in an action packed stroll. Continue reading Christmas on the Streets of Barangaroo