SYDNEY SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL
14 events across Sydney
1-16 September 2018
Ashfield, Mosman, Parramatta, Sydney CBD,
dee why, Newington Armory, Roselle, strathfield
for the first time:
Muqam Rak -Uyghur song cycle never played before in Australia
Octava Ensemble - Our first international act (Poland)
Inner West Hub - 4 nights of music and projections at Ashfield Town Hall
Building 20 - amazing musicians and video installation by Khaled Sabsabi
Our opening event featuring the Stiff Gins, Uncle Max Harrison, Bahá’í Temple Choir, Symphony for Life Orchestra and special guests: international 8-piece vocal group, OCTAVA Ensemble (Poland).
For the first time in Australia, the UNESCO-protected Uyghur song cycle, Muqam Rak will be heard in a transformative night of ancient culture and Sufi-influenced sacred music from the Silk Road.
Inner west Hub
Sydney Sacred Music Festival and Inner West Council’s Edge Festival partner to present 4 days of sacred art and music. Hip-hop, world music fusion, projections, ceremonies and much more.
Sacred music of China
The 30-piece Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Chinese Music Ensemble and the Chinese Choirs of Ashfield celebrate the sacredness of life and nature through traditional Chinese music and song. Warwick Tyrrell (conductor), Lulu Liu & Dr Nicholas Ng (artistic directors).
Bhakti: Art and Devotion
Bhakti: Art and Devotion is a journey through the sacred practices of Hindu devotion through music, dance and ceremony of South Indian heritage. It is centred on Shiva, a primal deity and god of destruction, both formless and beautiful, fearsome and tranquil.
Australian Bahá’í Choral concert
Refresh your soul in this devotional concert in the sacred surrounds of the spectacular Bahá’í House of Worship. 85 singers weave a tapestry of sound around passages from the world's religious scriptures.
Photographer/artist Damon Amb will wander through Sydney capturing the sacred in our suburbs online and projected in various locations.
the love of a mystic
Sydney’s leading Balkan artists present a new work showcasing the journey of a mystic, through music dance, towards the love of the sacred. This performance unveils the hidden rituals of the Balkans with Martenitsa Choir, Dusha Balkana and Balkanski Bus.
The Psalms and beyond: Music & Words
From the Psalms Cycle in multiple languages and settings, to a magnificent tribute to Jal’al'uddin Rumi in words and song, this transcendental evening of music and words is inspired by the sacred traditions of Indigenous Australia, Sephardic Judaism, China, India, and Christian Plainchant.
Building 20: Curated Silence
3 world-class performances come together to transform the inner state of the audience in the 3 decommissioned ammunition chambers of Building 20.
DEVOTIONAL MUSIC OF BALI
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Balinese Gamelan Ensemble, led by Gary Watson and with special guest artists, Sisca Poeradiredja (jogéd dancer), Agung Putra (suling) and Oscar Smith (tingklik),
Woman's Gathering: reflections on the sacred
A cross-cultural exploration of female traditions and contemporary practice, featuring spoken word artist Sarah Salar, Maori vocalist Angela Paikea, sacred pop by Blue Mary, ‘sacred feminism’ by writer Dr Paula Abood, hip-hop artist Kween G, and Dalmatian Klapa by Josipa Draisma.
Hidden Gems: The Éluósī
Come and discover the ‘inbetween’ Russian-Chinese community of Sydney in a celebration of music, food and film. ''...As I listen to the songs of the Eluosi people, [I came] to understand that the art of singing is one of the most crucial links which have connected the older generations of the Eluosi people to their homeland and language of their ancestors."
All you Need is Love: Ukulele Picnic
Ukuleles, food and fun. What else do you need? Come and teach our newly arrived refugees a song and play in a 200 strong Uke performance. FREE picnic and performance. Bring your Uke!
Check out our amazing photographer, Gerrie Mifsud. This is her second year doing our 'official photoshoot' for the Festival.