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Published on May 28, 2016
Watch Sydney Opera House transform into an animated canvas of Australian indigenous art featuring iconic contemporary works from Karla Dickens, Djon Mundine, Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi, Reko Rennie, Donny Woolagoodja, and the late Gulumbu Yunupingu.
Music composed and designed by Rhoda Roberts and Damien Robinson (Wicked Beat Sound System) featuring songmen Djakapurra Munyarryun and Cecil McLeod.
Celebrating First Nations' spirituality and culture through the songlines of our land and sky, this year’s Lighting the Sails is about painting and celebrating country through a pattern of sharing systems, interconnected history lines and trade routes. Lighting the Sails Director and Head of Indigenous Programming at Sydney Opera House Rhoda Roberts has selected six artists of different clans, national estates and territories for an immersive projected artwork that weaves through time and distance.
As the first indigenous work commissioned exclusively for the sails of the Sydney Opera House, this visual tapestry will weave through personal journeys, while celebrating the timeless themes and enduring art of Australia's most influential contemporary First Nations artists, exclusive to Vivid Sydney.
Lighting The Sails: Songlines projections run on loop 6pm - 11pm every evening from 27 May — 18 June 2016.
Now entering its eighth year, Vivid LIVE is a two-week celebration of ambitious contemporary music at Sydney Opera House and is part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.