Introducing ‘Gadigal Dreaming – The Sacred Country of the Gadigal People’​ – our new digital activation

15 Sep 2022

As a landmark venue and meeting place which stands and operates on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, it is both our responsibility and our privilege to strive for meaningful Reconciliation.

This week we launched ‘Gadigal Dreaming – The Sacred Country of the Gadigal People’, an interactive digital experience open to the public. ICC Sydney will be home to this unique activation until the end of October, developed by Brett Leavy and Bilbie XR Labs — an award-winning First Nations digital storytelling enterprise, the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land COuncil (MLALC) and with the support of the Investment NSW.

The audio visual activation transports visitors to Gadigal Country at a time prior to European arrival through immersive, animated scenes that depict the traditional cultural practices of the Gadigal people and the wider Eora nation. The captivating scenes include fishing, gathering, corroboree, hunting, camp life and cosmology legends that once took place on Gadigal Country. Or as Brett Leavy likes to put it – he’s built a time machine that allows ancient practices to be experienced through today’s technology. Hear the sounds of cicadas, waves lapping or ceremonial songs while experiencing the Country, the people and their practices – recreated with meticulous details.

To dig deeper into the experience, visitors to International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) and Darling Harbour are also invited to scan the QR code at each position, which launches them into an augmented 360° experience on their mobile device.

We are proud to help amplify First Nations voices and share the experiences of the world’s oldest living culture, helping to preserve the history of the land on which our venue stands. ICC Sydney is committed in equal measure to both support the ongoing economic recovery of the Darling Harbour precinct by encouraging visitation to Sydney as well as taking meaningful action in our business practices to work towards true Reconciliation. Using art and the rich mediums of film and augmented reality allows us to do both of these things simultaneously.

Indeed, it is wonderful to see Sydney’s CBD flourish and recover with a renewed sense of vibrancy. We hope to see the dynamic activation draw increased visitor numbers to the family-friendly precinct and to encourage event attendees to stay longer in the area and experience all that our harbour city has to offer.

Samantha Glass,
Director of Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability