Arts News: The Rocks Boatshed will bring film, music, activities, and art to Corroboree Sydney

Each year Indigenous arts and cultural festival Corroboree Sydney acts as a window into a rich and diverse culture which is among the most important aspects of Australia's heritage. The wide ranged program of the nation's largest Indigenous arts and cultural festival, which lasts from 21-30 November 2014, will be augmented by the introduction of The Rocks Boatshed

The unique pop-up outdoor cultural entertainment space will be set up on the Western Promenade Lawn (in front of the MCA) and will remain a lively hub for the festival during it's ten-day duration. In addition to the many cultural activities planned at the hub there will be a range of exciting film events lined up throughout the festival.

The creators of the hub, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) have curated a great variety of interactive arts and cultural installations to be displayed aside the free events celebrating stories of Aboriginal life in Sydney and Aboriginal resilience.

Food, drink, film screenings, live music, dance workshops, writing workshops, storytelling, panel discussions, comedy, and kids play will all be taking place here, right beside the great harbour. Koori Radio have also come on board to capture all the action of The Rocks Boatshed and broadcast it live everyday.

The Rocks Boatshed opens on Friday 21 November with the official launch of Corroboree Sydney 2014. During the ceremony, Aboriginal elders will light an eternal flame in a cauldron on the forecourt next to the Boatshed, accompanied by performers from the Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Throughout the evening, characters from the Moogahlin Players dressed in 1800s costume will bring the past to life and tell Aboriginal history first-hand through stories. Kids can learn to make their own ‘Nowie’ (Aboriginal canoe) and Aboriginal flag.

Popular Aboriginal bands will launch new EPs and Koori Radio Supper Club will be spinning tunes as the sun hits the deck. There will also be a Sundance Indigenous film retrospective and acclaimed Aboriginal author Dr Anita Heiss in conversation with Aboriginal authors and personalities such as Larissa Behrendt, and Wesley Enoch.

CEO of SHFA Catherine Gallagher is thrilled with the work that has gone into creating such an inspiring new installation.

“The Rocks Boatshed will bring Sydneysiders and visitors into The Rocks to enjoy a huge range of free activities during Corroboree Sydney. The Authority works hard at creating events that encourage people to visit and enjoy The Rocks in new ways, and we’re very proud to be telling the story of this aspect of The Rocks’ history, through today’s incredible Indigenous talent,” Ms Gallagher said.

Being held from 20 to 30 November, Corroboree Sydney is a festival celebrating Australia’s rich Indigenous culture, featuring leading artists, writers, dancers and musicians showcasing their creativity and sharing stories in over 100 free and ticketed events around Sydney’s iconic foreshore.

21–30 November 2014
Western Promenade Lawn, The Rocks (in front of MCA)

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