International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), managed by ASM Global, together with Bilbie XR Labs — an award-winning First Nations digital storytelling enterprise, the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) and with the support of Investment New South Wales, has today launched an innovative First Nations audio visual experience for all visitors to the Darling Harbour precinct.
The digital experience, ‘Gadigal Dreaming – The Sacred Country of the Gadigal People’, transports visitors to Gadigal Country, the land on which ICC Sydney is situated, at a time prior to European arrival through interactive, animated scenes that depict the traditional cultural practices of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.
From 1 September to 31 October, Gadigal Dreaming will be shown at sunset daily on the outdoor screens throughout Darling Harbour, Tumbalong, and then every hour on the hour until 11:00pm.
The program consists of eight scenes covering gathering, fishing, corroboree, crafting, tracks, hunting, camp life and cosmology legends that will be released over the two month period. Through QR codes, it also provides viewers with an augmented reality experience through their own devices.
ASM Global Group Director, Convention Centres & ICC Sydney CEO, Geoff Donaghy said his team stood alongside its partners Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Bilbie XR Labs and First Nations community partners and hoped that this project demonstrated another way in which the venue team was committed to Reconciliation.
“Our gratitude goes to Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Bilbie XR Labs for their counsel on the Gadigal Dreaming activation and to Investment New South Wales for its support.
“As an iconic destination, which stands and operates on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation – the land of Tumbalong and the waterway of Gomora, on what is known today as Darling Harbour – ICC Sydney strives to truly reconcile with First Nations people through our business practices.
“We hope Gadigal Dreaming will increase visitors to this dynamic family-friendly precinct and encourage event attendees to stay longer in the area,” Mr. Donaghy said.
Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Nathan Moran said: “As CEO of Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) it’s been a great honour as the local Aboriginal representative body for ICC Sydney to work collaboratively with ICC Sydney on ensuring its design and operations reflect local Gadigal culture heritage. This project is a further example of this relationship that MLALC proudly promotes as a sample of effective and respectful partnership of both respective bodies,” Mr. Moran said.
Gadigal Dreaming – The Sacred Country of the Gadigal People is proudly supported by the NSW Government through the CBDs Revitalisation Program.
Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade Alister Henskens said, “The NSW Government’s $50 million CBDs Revitalisation Program is reigniting social connection, place based storytelling and economic activity in urban centres across Greater Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, through a range of arts, music, food and beverage and cultural events.