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Bilingual media release - Message sticks welcome world to Gadigal land



A symbolic message stick will be presented to Lord Mayor Clover Moore to accept on behalf of Sydney this New Year’s Eve as a gift from the Gadigal people.

The age old Aboriginal custom will be the focal point of this year’s Calling Country ceremony, which welcomes Sydney and the world to Gadigal land.

The Calling Country ceremony will see the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons light up with projections depicting summer time stories in Sydney.

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The ceremony will feature a smoking ceremony as well as musical and dance performances.

Creative Consultant Rhoda Roberts AO said message sticks were an ancient Aboriginal custom that enabled safe passage across boundaries.

“For New Year’s Eve, the message stick is a gift to the people, acknowledging Sydney for recognising the lands and the First Peoples of the city,” Ms Roberts said.

“The Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council has regenerated this ancient practice, paying homage to the old ways of crossing territories and communication. The gifting is a symbolic gesture that enables the continuous communication with the city.”

Ms Roberts has worked closely with Artists in Motion to develop the stunning Sydney Harbour Bridge pylon projections, which tell the stories of the hot and dry January season.

“This year we look at the depth and wisdom of reading country, listening to the movement of the six seasons and honouring the water that gives us life,” Ms Roberts said.

“Our story focuses on the season of January and the estuaries that have always flowed and connected the clans to the deep water.

“Our Calling Country features the song of the whale as we call the clans. The call and response is heard as the smoking commences andour warrior arrives carrying the message stick as the women begin the cleansing.

“And like the old ways, we still gather to connect on the harbour, to feast, celebrate the abundance, to laugh, think and play.

“As our nations join forces to help those who are suffering from drought and fire, we are reminded of the precious gift we have inherited and the stewardship we continue as the First Nations People of country.”

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said including the ceremony as part of proceedings that are watched by a billion people around the world reflects the City’s commitment to celebrating the culture of the world’s oldest civilisation.

“The Calling Country ceremony prominently and proudly acknowledges our First Nations People as custodians of the land on which we celebrate New Year’s Eve,” the Lord Mayor said.

“It is an honour to accept a message stick on behalf of Sydney and help share Indigenous heritage and culture with the world.

“This year’s official charity partner is the Refugee Council of Australia, so commencing New Year’s Eve celebrations with a message of ‘welcome’ is particularly apt.”
 
The City of Sydney New Year’s Eve event times:

7pm        Fire tug presents its water display on Sydney Harbour

7.30pm    Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony on  Sydney
Harbour by the Tribal Warrior Association

8pm        Air display above Sydney Harbour by flying ace Matt Hall and
Sydney Harbour Bridge pylon projections start

8.30pm    Sydney Harbour Bridge lighting effects start

9pm        Family fireworks (8 minutes) includes the ABC Design Your Own             Firework competition firework display

9.08pm    Calling Country segment honouring Australia’s Indigenous heritage

9.15pm    Harbour of Light parade

12am        Midnight fireworks (12 minutes)

2am        Sydney Harbour Bridge pylon projection and lighting effects end.

For media inquiries or images, contact Alex Cauchi.
Phone mobile 0467 803 815 or email acauchi@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Jack Begbie.
Phone 0481 759 580 or email lordmayormedia@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For New Year’s event information, visit the Sydney New Year’s Eve website.

澳原住民信息棒

欢迎世界人民来到悉尼盖蒂高民族乡土


      本届悉尼跨年庆典上,市长Clover Moore将代表悉尼市,接受原住民赠予的一根象征承载了土著民族不朽文化的信息棒(message stick),以此赠礼体现悉尼海域的原始看护者 —— 盖蒂高民族(Gadigal people)友善迎宾的意愿。

      这个土著民族特有的古老赠礼仪式将成为本届跨年庆典《土地的召唤(Calling Country)》环节的中心,以表示欢迎悉尼和全世界人民来到盖蒂高族群所在的这片乡土(Gadigal land)。

      《土地的召唤》将把悉尼海港大桥桥墩外墙作为叙事屏幕,以投影的形式讲述悉尼本土夏日的珍奇写照。

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      仪式上还将包含传统烟熏礼、音乐演奏和舞蹈等元素。

      庆典创意顾问,澳大利亚勋章获得者罗达· 罗伯茨(Rhoda Roberts)称,仪式上的信息棒是澳大利亚土著民族的远古传统,是古人确保安全顺利地跨越其他族群领地的必要礼仪。

      她说:“在跨年庆典上,这根信息棒则代表了献给所有人民的礼物,答谢悉尼对这片土地及其原著民(First Peoples)的认可和敬意。

      “都市土著民族原住领土委员会(Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council)让这一古老的传统得以复兴再现,向这个在跨越边境和交流方式时所必须的古老仪式表达了崇高敬意。赠予礼物的这一动作,则寓意与这这座城市及其政府的沟通渊源不断的象征。

      罗伯茨女士与创意团队Artists in Motion (动态艺术家) 紧密配合,共同创作了这项悉尼海港大桥桥墩外墙投影作品,讲述这片土地在干燥酷热的一月时节的故事。

      罗伯茨女士说:“今年我们将探索祖先读取这片土地信息、聆听六季变化的纵深智慧(澳大利亚原住民族认为一年有六季,而非四季),并向赋予我们生命的水源致敬。”

      “该作品聚焦一月时节和联通氏族与汪洋的涌流河口。”

      “《土地的召唤》仪式在氏族间相互呼唤环节将呈现鲸鱼之歌。而后烟熏礼便会在呼应之间开始,土著民族战士将伴随净化灵魂和环境的烟雾和女舞者携信息棒上台赠礼。”

      “此刻,就如以前的传统一样,我们仍然为了沟通而汇集于海港,共享盛宴和富足,同乐、共思、嬉戏。”

       “土著民族在团结一致帮助那些饱受干旱和火灾折磨的人们的同时,也见证了我们所继承下来的宝贵礼物,以及作为这个国家的原住民对土地和环境所担负的责任和主导作用。”

      悉尼市市长Clover Moore称,当晚吸引的全球观众逾十亿,因此,确保庆典表演包含这一土著民族传统仪式环节,充分证明了市政府对展示这个世上最为古老文明精髓的重视和承诺。

      市长说:“在辞旧迎新之际,我们通过《土地的召唤》仪式隆重且自豪地向庆典所在的这片土地及其原住民表示最真挚的敬意。”

      “能代表整个悉尼在当晚接过这神圣的信息棒,并向全世界传递土著民族的传承和文化是我无比的荣幸。”

      “今年庆典的官方慈善伙伴机构是非营利组织澳大利亚难民委员会(Refugee Council of Australia),因此,在跨年庆典的开端传递表达“欢迎、包容、接纳和认可(Welcome)”的信息恰如其分。

 
庆典活动时间安排表

晚7点            消防拖轮悉尼海港水上表演

晚7点30分        部落战士协会(Tribal Warrior Association)在悉尼海港奉献澳大利亚土著民族传统仪式《欢迎来到这片土地(Welcome to Country)》和烟熏礼

晚8点        王牌飞行员迈特·豪尔(Matt Hall)在海港上空表演扣人心悬的飞行特技
悉尼海港大桥桥墩外墙投影开始

晚8点30分        悉尼海港大桥桥身彩光特效表演开始

晚9点                 家庭烟花表演,总长8分钟,澳大利亚广播公司ABC电视台举办的“跨年庆典设计个性烟花比赛(Design Your Own Firework competition)” 获奖作品将在该表演中当空闪耀。

晚9点08分         《土地的召唤》 —— 对澳大利亚土著民族渊远文化、历史和文明的崇高敬意

晚9点15分         “海港之光”灯船炫彩大巡游

午夜                           午夜烟花汇演  (总长12分钟)

凌晨2点           悉尼海港大桥桥墩外墙幻彩投影表演和桥身彩光特效表演结束

媒体信息或图片,请联系Lulu Shen
电话0467 760 604 或邮件lushen@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

采访市长Clover Moore,请联系Jack Begbie.
电话0481 759 580 或邮件lordmayormedia@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

跨年庆典详情,请查阅悉尼跨年庆典官方网站


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