Currently in its 41st year, Sydney Festival is an annual cultural celebration that transforms Sydney every January, delivering the highest quality art and big ideas. The senses will be a key focus of this year’s festival, with audiences invited to participate in a series of events and performances incorporating sensory enhancement and/or deprivation.
This contemporary installation furthers the sharing and celebration of the Indigenous heritage of Sydney, and the growing movement to reawaken local language.
Bayala, which means ‘speak’ in local language, is a sharing and celebration of the Indigenous heritage of Sydney and the growing movement to reawaken local language. Working with local Eora and Darug community leaders and language experts, classes, talks, an installation and a mass choral performance have been developed to celebrate the local language of the Sydney area.
From 1790–91, Patyegarang—a young Aboriginal woman—shared with Lieutenant William Dawes some of the local language during frequent visits to his hut at Tar-ra (Dawes Point Park).
In this sound installation, hear Lille Madden—a young Gadigal woman—reading the word-lists and sentences gifted to Dawes by Patyegarang, at the site where they were gifted.
An installation by Uncle Charles ‘Chicka’ Madden and Lille Madden, with Jonathan Jones.
You can find out about the other Bayala events—talks and classes—in Parramatta, Barangaroo and Sydney CBD by visiting Sydney Festival’s website.