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Sydney Festival - Vigil: Awaken


25 Jan 2023

Performances are from 7.45pm until 10.30pm

Barangaroo Reserve

Free event

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On the evening of 25 January we bring together the peoples of Eora, look out across the water from Barangaroo reserve and awaken Me-Mel. Through ceremony, we cleanse her spirit and look to the future: soon she will be returned to her original custodians. Created by Jacob Nash and Stephen Page.

"A night of shared emotions through songs and songlines, a night of opening hearts and listening."

– The Guardian

The Vigil is a free event.


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