Monday, May 30, 2016

Sydney is Vivid

We're in Sydney in Reconciliation Week - the week that is meant to celebrate and build on improved relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

There were plenty of visible signs that this beautiful city is embracing our past and acknowledging the Aboriginal people on whose land the city now stands. 

The Barangaroo Reserve is hosting ANTaR's 16,000 - hand Sea of Hands this year. Barangaroo Reserve is named after a powerful Cammeraygal woman (and one of Bennelong's wives) and a key figure in local Aboriginal culture and community in the late 1700s.

This year's Vivid Sydney celebrates "First Nation's spirituality and culture through the songlines of our land and sky"......I was looking forward to seeing how this was interpreted on the sails of the Opera House......
 It was pretty awe inspiring!.......

For the first time this year the Royal Botanic Gardens in the Domain had some Vivid lighting to celebrate its 200th birthday.

I loved the way the lights interplayed with these grand old Moreton Bay fig trees lining the harbour.

We spent Sunday night at Sydney Vivid - along with many, many, many, many thousands of other people - at least 70%-80% of them from what appears to be a non Anglo background. This city has sure come a long way in the last 228 years!


rossie l said...

Absolutely spectacular. Wish we were there. x

judy l said...

Jude you missed the artistic significance of the blue harbour bridge. NSW State of Origin colours. Shame they lost.