Spectacular Songlines here to stay, say organisers

The extraordinary Songlines illuminations splashed across the Sydney Opera House during this year’s Vivid festival have been so popular that organisers are considering keeping them on display indefinitely.

Featuring work by Australia’s leading indigenous artists and curated by Rhoda Roberts, the Opera House’s head of indigenous programming, the project has been the centerpiece for the festival which is growing every year and showcasing our most famous building – and the imagery on it – to the world.

In an interview with The Australian today, Opera House Trust Chairman Nicholas Moore told Matthew Westwood that the projections have been a massive crowd-puller and “fantastic”.

The six artists featured in Songlines are Djon Mundine (Bundjalung), Reko Rennie (Gamilaroi), Karla Dickens (Wiradjuri), Gabriella Possum (Anmatyerre) Donny Woolagoodja (Worora) and the late Gulumbu Yunupingu (Yolngu).

The festival has attracted more than $1.7 million people into Sydney and ran for 23 nights until June 18. Lights, imagery and other major installations also lit up the Royal Botanic Garden, Taronga Zoo, Customs House, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and a range of other buildings and landmarks.

Mr Moore said Roberts was planning a new lighting project with Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Stephen Page and Opera House Trustee Deborah Mailman.

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