Vivid Sydney at National Maritime Museum

The museum

Come and experience Vivid Sydney 2022 at the Maritime Museum

Culture and light combine in a month-long program of activities

The Australian National Maritime Museum will host a free program of light, music, culture and events from May 27 until June 18, as VIVID returns in 2022.

Spark your sense of wonder and come out to play, as Sydney transforms by day and night into a wonderland of light, music and ideas. Darling Harbour precinct hosts a record number of VIVID events this year – including a mini Festival, short films from local film makers and stunning light projections at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

The museum offers two items for the whole period of Vivid Sydney 2022 – a nightly light projection on the museum rooftop and a short film festival Gathering Honey with films from Western Sydney filmmakers. It all culminates on June 18 with a mini festival, Our Place, featuring multicultural song, dance and storytelling.

ACROSS THE SEAS – Light projection – Immigration by sea to Australia 1940 to 1970 Nightly, Friday 27 May – Saturday 18 June 2022

Migration stories are foundational to our nation’s identity. A stunning collection of images projected on the museum’s façade reflects stories connected with nearby Pyrmont wharf, where many Australians arrived to start a new life.

Featuring black and white images from collections across Australia, curated by museum subject specialists, this evocative projection covering the entire museum rooftop takes us back to a time when migration by ship was the most common mode of travel and Sydney an exotic destination.

GATHERING HONEY – stories of family, ceremony, migration and place – Film festival

Saturday 28 May – Sunday 19 June 2022, Daily

See our city through the eyes of Western Sydney’s most exciting artists and filmmakers as they share stories of family, ceremony, migration and place. Featuring works by Uncle Wes Marne, Sofiyah Ruqayah, Mustafa al Mahdi, Jagath Dheerasekara, Shivanjani Lal, PYT Fairfield and more.

Presented by Blacktown Arts (full program on the museum website)

OUR PLACE – Sharing story, film, dance, and song Saturday 18 June 2022, 1pm – 7pm

Some of Sydney’s most exciting and engaging musicians, performers, artists and cultural leaders, presented in partnership with industry-leading contemporary arts champions Blacktown Arts and Vivid Sydney 2022.

Featuring the sounds of vocal and ukulele ensemble Cook Islands Reo Manea, stories and songs from First Nations Elders and artists, Filipino classics performed by Sydney Sonata Singers, poetry with Mahdi and Jawad from PYT Fairfield and much more.

Artists include Agal Dance, Bahman Kermany, Cook Island Reo Manea, Jagath Dheerasekara, Jannawi Dance Clan, Sepora, Sydney Sonata Singers, The Mesopotamian Trio, The Peacemakers Ensemble, Uncle Wes Marne, PYT Fairfield presents the cast of Dorr’e Dari and Liliana Occhuito.

Panel discussion with host Simon Marnie: How Food Shapes Australia

Museum Theatre Saturday 18 June 2022, 4pm

Join the inimitable Simon Marnie and an expert panel as they explore diverse perspectives to peel away the layers of Australian identity, forged over a hot stove, a BBQ, a wok, a fire pit or a wood oven. From food festivals to celebrity chefs, sustainable farming to meat pies and banh mi, this Q&A explores the ways our foods inform our understanding of who we are as Australians. With Panel members: Keg de Souza, Palisa Anderson, Clarence Slockee, Host and MC, Simon Marnie.

In Conversation: Mehreen Faruqi and Osman Faruqi on family, food and identity

Museum Theatre Saturday 18 June 2022, 6pm

Migrant, engineer, activist, feminist and politician, Dr Mehreen Faruqi is joined on stage by her son, Osman Faruqi, the Culture News Editor for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. Mother and son share personal stories of family, food, identity and community in modern Australia. A rare opportunity to share in the highs and lows of a family that can lay claim to being one of the most influential in the current cultural, social and political landscape of Australia.

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