This is Us was a program of free activities and concert directed by Gill Minervi, following the WugulOra Ceremony organised by the NSW Australia Day Council in partnership with the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.
DJs Peewee Ferris and Kate Monroe created a fun, unique and memorable Australian soundtrack showcasing our incredibly diverse musical tastes. Live performances from artists including Casey Donovan, Daniel Walsh and Lolo Lovina, alongside specialist musicians from around the world, culminated in a unique musical finale jam. Crowds could also dance to the tunes of roving musicians including Cope Street Parade throughout the day.
Renowned chef, Jared Ingersoll curated an all day brunch that combined the best flavours of Australia including international favourites fused to create new culinary delights alongside a great Aussie BBQ – cooked on a bespoke ‘CarBQ’ – a barbecue under a car bonnet!
Activities throughout the day included watching Sydney’s annual Ferrython from a perfect vantage point on the Reserve and a free hands-on activity where children could create their own flag reflecting their identity.
As the day drew to a close, all were invited to participate in Sydney Festival’s Four Thousand Fish which asked visitors to create their own frozen fish using sea water and a cast mould, then returning the frozen fish to the Harbour. This large-scale art installation celebrated fisherwoman Barangaroo, the influential and resilient Cammeraygal woman after whom the place is named.