This is Australia

26 Jan 2018

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 WugulOra Ceremony, the official opening of the NSW Australia Day Council’s program, conducted in partnership with the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.

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, followed by Sydney Festival’s Bayala-Baraya: Sing Up Country performance.

From 8.30am our Australia Day celebrations continue with This is Us - a relaxing, fun day for all the family, directed by Gill Minervini.

Enjoy an all-day Sydney brunch curated by renowned chef, Jared Ingersoll that combines the best flavours of Australia including international favourites fused to create new culinary delights. You’ll be spoilt for choice with a selection including sashimi to lamb tagine, dumplings to spag bol, ‘roo sausage sanga, classic Aussie pastries with an Indigenous twist, gelati and the great Aussie BBQ – cooked on a bespoke ‘CarBQ’ – a barbie under a car bonnet! Quench your thirst with a cup of tea, indigenous ingredient mocktails and cordials or maybe a delicious iced coffee. A casual, relaxed, affordable and sustainable Aussie brunch!

Join us for a musical journey as DJs Peewee Ferris and Kate Monroe create a fun, unique and memorable Australian soundtrack showcasing our incredibly diverse musical tastes. There will be songs for the kids, Funk, Aussie Pop, Rock’n’Roll, Latin, Reggae, Soul and much more. Live performances from Casey Donovan and specialist musicians from around the world will culminate in a unique musical finale jam. You won’t be able to resist dancing to roving musicians playing gypsy, jazz and swing, adding to the incredible music soundscape of the day.

There’s also our free Family Flag activity, inviting everyone to create their own flag reflecting their identity.  

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, we invite you to participate in Sydney Festival’s Four Thousand Fish. Visit Nawi Cove and 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.

Music Program *

8.40am – 9.10am

Casey Donovan and Daniel Walsh (guitar)

9.15am – 11.30am

DJ Peewee Ferris
Featuring (throughout the set):

Maharshi Raval – Tabla
Aykho Akhrif – Percussion
Tim Conlon – Vocals and Guitar
Tom Ferris - Guitar
Julian Bel-Bachir (OKA) – Percussion
And more….

Roving & Caravan Stage:

Sousaphonics
Lolo Lovina
Cope Street Parade

11.30am – 2.30pm

DJ Kate Monroe
Featuring (throughout the set):

Aykho Akhrif – Percussion
Pat Powell - Vocals
Rick Robertson – Sax and Vocals
Natasha Stuart – Vocals
And more….

Roving & Caravan Stage:

Sousaphonics
Lolo Lovina
Cope Street Parade

2.30pm – 4.30pm

DJ Peewee Ferris
Featuring (throughout the set):

Aykho Akhrif – Percussion
Rick Robertson – Sax and Vocals
Natasha Stuart – Vocals
Pat Powell – Vocals
And more… including our Australia Day jam session at 4pm!

Roving & Caravan Stage:

Sousaphonics
Lolo Lovina
Cope Street Parade

*(all times and acts are subject to change)

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Things To Do

Enjoy a day out at Barangaroo. Or just pop in for a visit. Take a tour. Wine, dine and shop. Ride your bike. Bring a picnic. Take in a whole new view of Sydney Harbour.