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A Buŋgul, a procession, an overnight vigil: Sydney finds new rituals to mark day of mourning

A Buŋgul, a procession, an overnight vigil: Sydney finds new

After an exhilarating celebration of Dr G Yunupingu, a procession weaved through Sydney before spending the night in communal reflection at BarangarooOn Saturday night in Sydney we commemorated “the day before the country changed”. Everyone was welcome.The elders carried smoke and songs were sung, as the numbers of the procession grew. The Sydney festival event began at Town Hall before landing at Barangaroo for the Vigil, part of artistic director Wesley Enoch’s commitment to finding new ways to mark 26 January. Women danced and sprayed water from the harbour to cleanse the land, passing the site where an Indigenous girl, Patyegerang, taught the first fleet marine William Dawes to speak her people’s words. Continue reading…

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Publish date : 2020-01-25 23:43:11

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