The Rocks Boatshed, a unique outdoor cultural entertainment space (to be set up on the lawn in front of MCA), will act as a lively festival hub during Corroboree Sydney, the nation’s largest Indigenous arts and cultural festival from 21–30 November 2014.
Created by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, The Rocks Boatshed will host a variety of free events, celebrating stories of Aboriginal resilience and life in Sydney. Along with tucker and drinks, The Rocks Boatshed will host film screenings, live music, dance workshops, writing workshops, storytelling, panel discussions, comedy acts and kids’ activities. Koori Radio will capture all the action, broadcasting live every day.
The Rocks Boatshed opens this Friday 21 November with the official launch of Corroboree Sydney 2014. During the ceremony, Aboriginal elders will light an eternal flame in a cauldron next to the Boatshed, accompanied by performers from the Bangarra Dance Theatre.
Throughout the evening, characters from Moogahlin Players dressed in 1800s costume will bring the past to life and tell Aboriginal stories. Kids can learn to make their own ‘Nowie’ (Aboriginal canoe) and Aboriginal flag.
Popular Aboriginal bands will launch new EPs, and Koori Radio Supper Club will be spinning tunes as the sun hits the deck. There will also be a Sundance Indigenous film retrospective and acclaimed Aboriginal author Dr Anita Heiss in conversation with Aboriginal authors and personalities such as Larissa Behrendt and Wesley Enoch.
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority is proud to manage The Rocks: traditional land of the Gadigal people and the birthplace of European settlement in Australia. While preserving The Rocks’ unique heritage, we produce large-scale and intimate quality events, outdoor markets and educational tours to drive visitors into the precinct and support our tenants.
Corroboree Sydney is a festival celebrating Australia’s rich Indigenous culture, featuring leading artists, writers, dancers and musicians, showcasing their creativity and sharing stories in over 100 free and ticketed events around Sydney’s iconic foreshore.
The NSW Government proudly supports Corroboree Sydney through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.
The Rocks Boatshed
21–30 November 2014
Western Promenade Lawn, The Rocks (in front of MCA)