SYDNEY SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL

17 events across Sydney

7-22 September 2019

 

Ashfield, Belmore, Casula, Parramatta, Sydney CBD,

Newington Armory, Five dock, wollongong, Woollahra,

 

 FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Program Highlights


Commissioned New Work - Universal Rhythms, Sacred Voices, Moon Festival, Building 20

Inner West Hub - 3 days of concerts, workshops and projections at Ashfield Town Hall

Free events - The Ceremony, Kinetic Connections, The Common Circle and Workshops
  

 
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THE CEREMONY

Ceremonial Ground, The Armory, Sydney Olympic Park

Saturday 7 September | 11am–2pm

The festival opens with a historic meeting of Indigenous Australian, Tibetan, Uyghur and Syrian communities.

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CULTURAL CROSSROADS

Emanuel Synagogue, Woollahra


Saturday 7 September | 7– 8.30pm

The Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra takes listeners on a transformative journey of cultural exchange and discovery

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TAMUKE

Wollongong Art Gallery


7 September | 7-8pm

Shakuhachi master Bronwyn Kirkpatrick presents (Tamuke -hands folded in prayer’) concert and workshops.

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Sacred Voices

Riverside Theatres, Parramatta


Sunday 8 September | 3pm

Four culturally diverse musical icons join forces to celebrate the unity of the voice.


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MOon Festival

Ashfield Town Hall

13 September | 6pm

Our all-star cast includes, SBS TV’s Andy Trieu, classical guitarist extraordinaire Ngoc-Tuấn Hoàng, koto master Satsuki Oodamura, Pipa virtuoso Lulu Liu and a
16 Cello finale!


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HONOURING THE TAO

BK InnerSpace, Five Dock

15 September | 11am

The Tao te Ching together with Taoist poetry offers a view of existence both eternal and all embracing, we will celebrate its exquisite insights through music and text.

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NOTHING BUT THE PRESENT

Building 20, The Armory, SOP

21 September | 6pm

Three multi-talented artists negotiate new ways of sacred self-expression in the mysterious chambers of Building 20.

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BEIBEI WANG IN CONCERT

Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Con

Sunday 22 September | 2pm

Chinese percussionist Beibei Wang visits Australia for the first time in a spiritually charged solo debut.

PANEL DISCUSSION

PANEL DISCUSSION

Ritual and Reverence: Contemplating the sacred in contemporary art

Parramatta Artists’ Studios

18 September | 6pm

Panel discussion - Artists Jonathan Jones, Angela Tiatia and Marikit Santiago discuss the notion of the “sacred” and its complexities through their contemporary artistic practices.



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Music and food are sacred

Belmore Lebanese Bakery


Thursday 12 September | 7pm

A hands-on workshop and dinner focusing on the bread-making art of Eddie Zanbaker.

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In Movement

Ashfield Town Hall

14 September | 12-5pm

A day of interactive dance, workshops and new commissions! Aruna Gandhi’s new work Pingala brings the tradition of Bharatanatyam. This transformative work morphs into an explosion of energy in our ‘Dance Spectacular’ a fast-paced, non-stop show. 

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Kinetic Connections

Lennox Bridge, Parramatta River

19 September | 5pm

On the banks of the Parramatta River, this concert showcases SPIRAL (Sydney’s latest new music sensation) in collaboration with culturally diverse artists from Western Sydney.

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THE BROOK OF NO RETURN

Wollongong Art Gallery

21 September | 7pm

This contemporary shadow theatre production brings together spirit and comedy, myth and politics, lights and live music on unique instruments.

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Bhoomi: Woman & earth

Ashfield Town Hall

22 September | 4pm

Bhoomi: Woman and Earth. Weaves ancient texts and traditions into the lens of contemporary society to present themes that are more vital than ever—the feminine and the environment.

FILMS

FILMS

Sacred FILMS @ Riverside Theatres

Riverside Theatres Parramatta

8 September | 9am & 11am

Two amazing films that contemplate the sacred, a great start to our Sacred Voices concert.

Sacred (1h 30m) – 9am screening
Silence (2h 40m) – 11.30am screening

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INNER WEST HUB 

Ashfield Town Hall


13-15 September | 3 days

3 days of concerts, musical fusions, projections, ceremonies and workshops

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Universal rhythms

Ashfield Town Hall

15 September | 3pm

World-renowned artists come together in a new infusion of tradition and ritual. This world premiere takes the audience on a non-stop journey through the mysteries and rhythms of life.

 

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TALLIS, HOPE & CROWN

St Mary’s Cathedral Crypt

20 September | 7pm

The Song Company celebrates the Vernal Equinox in the much cherished choral treasures of the English Renaissance crowned by Tallis’s resplendent 40-part motet Spem in alium.

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THE COMMON CIRCLE

Turbine Hall, Casula Powerhouse

Sunday 22 September | 12pm

A dynamic afternoon of heightened celebration as the festival comes to a transcendent close. In the superb acoustic space of the Turbine Hall,


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workshops

Various places

Look out for our range of workshops over the Festival. From Shakuhachi in Wollongong to Rhythm and dance workshops in Ashfield.

Images Gerrie Mifsud