South West Sydney
Devotional chants, music, art & film at Sydney Sacred Music Festival
Church incence burning
Over nine days from 9-18 September 2011, Parramatta will pulsate with an amazing program of diverse devotional music, visual art and film from traditions from all over the world for the inaugural Sydney Sacred Music Festival.
Riverside Theatres, All Saints Church, Parramatta Artists Studios and Church St Mall will come alive with sacred music, films and cultural performances including cross-cultural musical collaborations, song and chant and bell ringing workshops.
The Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr John Chedid, said the festival offers audiences a unique experience of sacred music and performances and was another example of Parramatta’s event hosting capabilities.
“This is the first year the festival is being held anywhere in Australia and we are happy to be one of the host city for such a positive, sacred festival,” Cr Chedid said.
“The festival showcases traditions through music and performances that are truly breathtaking and I encourage everyone to come along to one of the many performances.”
“We look forward to seeing the festival evolve and return to Parramatta next year for an even bigger and diverse program,” Cr Chedid said.
Sydney Sacred Music Festival Director, Richard Petkovic, said this authentic festival will hopefully become part of Sydney’s cultural landscape, with participating venues throughout the city, from the Riverside Theatres Parramatta, Baha’i Temple on the Northern Beaches to the Campbelltown Arts Centre.
“Not only do we have exciting cross cultural contemporary sacred music this year but we have seeded events that are going to grow, like the All Saints Church bell ringing workshop,” Mr Petkovic said.
“Many of the festival events are ticketed but there is a strong commitment to providing free programming to allow all members of our community to share in the spirit.”
“There will be free sacred music performances in the Church St Mall Amphitheatre during lunch time throughout the festival,” Mr Petkovic said.
Parramatta City is the proud host city of the Sydney Sacred Music Festival
To book tickets or a full program of events and performances visit www.sydneysacredmusicfestival.org