Barangaroo Reserve Opening Celebrations Sep-Nov 2015
- Sun Nov 01 2015
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By: Marie Ashworth, ellaslist
Barangaroo Reserve is open! This eagerly awaited spectacular six-hectare park and community space on Sydney CBD’s north-western foreshore is ready for exploring!
The Welcome Celebration
It’s the spring when the park will really come to life with a three-month long ‘Welcome Celebration’ program of free entertainment, art, culture, talks and family events. Kicking off on Sunday 6 September and continuing every weekend through September, October and November, Barangaroo’s dedicated cultural space ‘The Cutaway’, will become a vibrant hub of activity.
Remembering its Cultural Foundations – Sunday 6th September Giant Picnic
Each month of the ‘ Welcome Celebration’ focuses on Stone, Sea and Sky themes to honour the rich cultural history of Barangaroo. Starting with ‘Stone’ on Sunday 6th September with the September Giant Picnic where the focus is firmly on the Indigenous history of Barangaroo and the traditional custodians of the land, the Gadigal people. The Opening Ceremony will tell the story of Barangaroo’s Indigenous culture with celebrations continuing into the early evening with a Welcome Party featuring live music and dance in the Cutaway.
A Nod to its Maritime History - Sunday 4th October Giant Picnic
October celebrates the theme of ‘sea’ and Barangaroo Reserve’s 200-year maritime history. The October Giant Picnic on Sunday, 4 October will feature sea shanties, roving musicians, soap-box storytellers, Bluesfest favourite Busby Marou and gypsy-fusion band Lolo Lovina, kids’ workshops, junkyard sounds and pacific beats, while Sydney’s finest chefs will serve delicious picnic food on Stargazer Lawn. Visitors can also enjoy a harbour view with the tall ships, the James Craig, the Australian-built replica of James Cook’s HM Bark Endeavour and Governor Bligh moored offshore. Tours of the James Craig, the only surviving Tall Ship from the golden age of sail, will be available during the day, and tug boat water displays will also be on offer from the Shirley Smith tug boat. The family fun will continue with Hotbed Designs Printmaking craft workshops for children in the Waranara Room, the mezzanine floor of the Cutaway, where families can create their very own Harbour Hand Waver.
Blue Sky Thinking – Sunday 1 November Giant Picnic
November looks to the theme of ‘sky’, welcoming the next generation and new and exciting ideas with a series of activations, contemporary music and stories to inspire possibilities and the city’s aspirations for the future. On Sunday, 1 November, performers will launch the November Giant Picnic with upbeat rhythms, lifting lullabies, kids’ workshops and positive messages to families of Sydney.
Save The Dates
There are activities happening throughout every weekend in October and November but key dates not to miss are:
Sunday, 4 October at 11am – 5pm – The October Giant Picnic
Sunday, 1 November at 11am – 5pm – The November Giant Picnic
The Giant Picnics will take place at Barangaroo Reserve, Upper Bluff, entry via Towns Place, Millers Point.
How to Get There
Catch public transport to Wynyard or Circular Quay and arrive via Towns Place. Limited parking is available via the car park entrance at Towns Place.
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