Summer means one thing in Sydney and that’s festival season! Ok, and some quintessential sand, seas and togs if you are a coastie or dry heat at the public pool and waterways if you are more inland. The program for Sydney Festival in Western Sydney was released last week. Get your pens out and start marking your must see events.
Sydney Festival has been wooed by audiences across Western Sydney, boasting programs to be hosted by Blacktown, Campbelltown and Parramatta again in 2018. Festival directors have gradually been increasing programming in the western suburbs and this year sees a range of opportunities for local audiences to participate closer to home.
What will you see at the Sydney Festival in Western Sydney?
‘Broken Glass’ is an installation and performance work about the rituals surrounding death and mourning in First Peoples communities. This work is developed from the women’s perspective and will be staged at St Bartholomew’s Church and Cemetery in Prospect. On the land of the Darug people, ‘Broken Glass’ promises to be an intimate, enlightening and moving experience.
Last year, Campbelltown Arts Centre hosted a topical survey exhibition of Mayan Sukumaran’s work.
This year they will deliver the first survey exhibition of Aotearoa New Zealand artist, Lisa Reihana. Opening on 12 January, the exhibition will include a range of Reihana’s video and photographic works, including a large scale, panoramic video that interrogates colonialism and cultural identity.
Coinciding with the opening weekend of Reihana’s solo show is ‘Mission Songs Project – 1957 Palm Island Strike.’ Singer/songwriter Jessie Lloyd has unearthed a collection of songs from the missions and camps that housed generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Audiences are invited to experience a cultural infusion of Western and Indigenous music.
There are a number of performances and workshops programmed for Parramatta this summer. Check it out:
- ‘Bayala’ means to speak in the local language of first nations people. Join members of the Eora and Darug nations as they teach you the language of the local area. From free 1 hour workshops through to a ticketed 3 hour course, this is a great opportunity to connect with local heritage.
- Swing from the Trapeze or take an aerial arts workshop!
- Circus Oz present their new production ‘Model Citizen’ which is said to ‘subvert the suburban Australian dream.’
It is great to the the Sydney Festival’s continued commitment to decentralising it’s program from Sydney City, to include greater Sydney. This is a huge step in acknowledging that the arts of greater Sydney is multi-centred. As this commitment continues, it can only be of great benefit to audiences and artists.
For more information, ticket prices and the full program for the Sydney Festival in Western Sydney, visit their website.