• Vivid Sydney 2016, opening night (Vivid Sydney, James Horan/Destination NSW)Source: Vivid Sydney, James Horan/Destination NSW
Sydney has always been a city of festivals but with Vivid and the SydneyFilm Festival on, Sydneysiders are spoiled for choice this June. Check out NITV's highlights from these world famous festivals.
Karina Marlow

7 Jun 2016 - 4:03 PM  UPDATED 7 Jun 2016 - 4:04 PM

Lighting the Sails at 'Songlines'

For the first time in Vivid's eight year history the sails of the Sydney Opera House will be lit exclusively with contemporary art from Australia's First Peoples! Featuring renowned artists Karla Dickens, Djon Mundine, Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi, Reko Rennie, Donny Woolagoodja, and the late Gulumbu Yunupingu the works explore Indigenous spirituality and culture through the songlines of our land and sky and run until the 18 June. 

AFTRS Black Talk- A Double Bill; Indigeneity and Australian Screen Storytelling

Vivid ideas and the Sydney Film Festival present this back to back panel of Black Talk on 12 June. The first panel will showcase leading creative voices: producers David Jowsey, Louise Gough and Ned Lander. The second panel features leading Indigenous auteurs & filmmakers discussing their craft and storytelling approach: filmmakers Ivan Sen (Goldstone), Sterlin Harjo (Mekko) and Dylan River (Black Chook).

Join Sydney's finest for a night of comedy and erotica with new stories from Nakkiah Lui, Bjorn Stewart, Rowdie Allen, Shari Sebbans and a few more talents yet to be announced. Capping off Giant Dwarf's week of Indigenous programming this event is sure to leave you laughing your socks off!

Ivan Sen's Goldstone premiers at the Sydney Film Festival

For the second time in four years, acclaimed Indigenous director Ivan Sen will open the Sydney Film Festival. The protagonist of Mystery Road detective Jay Swan, played by Aaron Pedersen, returns in the world premiere of this outback noir film screening on 8 June at 7.30pm. 

Indigenous Women in the Arts Panel

Join dancer and activist Anita Hepi in conversation with trans-disciplinary artist Nicole Monks and conceptual artist Amala Groom. The speakers will be engaging critically with issues relating to race and gender in the arts and talking about their experiences as Aboriginal women, focusing on practical methods for institutions and individuals to act as allies of Indigenous women in the creative industries.

Black Chook, short film at the Sydney Film Festival 

This short film, by emerging director Dylan River, will be premiering at the Festival

They were Australia's bad days. Men killed other men and laughed. All that was left for the children of the dead was to remember – if they had the strength.

EORA - The Land, Bangarra Dance Theatre

Inspired by the creation stories of the waratah and cockatoo, this animated projection depicts how the Eora people lived with the natural elements, showing their vital relationship with flora and fauna. The Bangarra dancers will be projected onto the South Pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the duration of the Vivid Festival

Mekko, feature film at the Sydney Film Festival

Native American ex-con, Mekko, becomes embroiled in a fateful conflict with a local thug, in this intriguing fusion of gritty realism and Indigenous legend. Sterlin Harjo’s haunting feature begins with a voiceover in the language of Mekko’s tribe, the Muscogee and is a surprising and exceptional work that will wholly immerse you in its myths, mystery and unique setting.


St Kilda Film Festival to showcase iconic black filmmakers
The Short Black program at St Kilda’s annual Film Festival invites audiences to consider the portrayal of Indigenous Australians through a short film retrospective and panel discussion.
Indigenous-made noir 'Goldstone' to open at Sydney Film Festival
Indigenous actors Aaron Pedersen, David Gulpilil and Aaron Fa'Aoso star in the thrilling sequel to 'Mystery Road'.
Amrita Hepi: Australia, I love you but...
Professional dancer and Bundulung and Ngapuhi woman, Amrita Hepi addresses Australia’s treatment of Indigenous people and refugees through the analogy of a lousy lover in this Survival Day speech.