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Sunset Sessions Special: Live Music For National Reconciliation Week (1 June)

Heading to Vivid Sydney 2019? Our upcoming Sunset Sessions special, recognising National Reconciliation Week, is a great way to gear up for the city’s dazzling light festival!

Catch a ferry to Cockatoo Island on Saturday, 1 June and spend the afternoon in the company of First Nations musicians Thaylia and Evie J Willie as they perform original songs from our Naval Store stage. Set within Cockatoo Island’s gritty Industrial Precinct, with views across Sydney Harbour, the Naval Store is an ideal spot to relax with friends and family, enjoy food and refreshments (see below) and get lost in the songs of our featured performers. This special live music event is presented by the Harbour Trust and programmed by Sydney’s premiere underground music venue, 505.

Eat and Drink

Courtesy of the island’s Marina Café & Bar, attendees will have access to a selection of beers, wines and ciders as well as a menu inspired by Australian native food, including kangaroo and red wine pies and grazing boxes with bush olives and local honey comb.

Running Order

3:30pm – Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country
4.05pm – Performance by Thaylia
4:45pm – Performance by Evie J Willie
6pm – Event concludes
Note: Drink service finishes at 5:30pm. 

First Nations

First Nations People have called Australia home for the past 65,000 years, meaning the first visitors to Cockatoo Island were the Eora People. Within the Eora, there are various groups – Wallumedigal to the west, the Wangal to the east, and the Cameragal and Gadigal to the south. In Dharug, the common language amongst these groups, Cockatoo Island is known as Wareahmah. ‘War’ means women while ‘eahmah’ means land, suggesting the island was a site for women’s ceremonies. The Harbour Trust acknowledges the Traditional Custodian and Owners of the lands and waters throughout Australia and pays respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

Featured Musicians

THAYLIA: Darwin-born Thaylia is an electronic folk singer, songwriter and producer based in Sydney. She is of Greek/Aboriginal heritage and spent her childhood in the red dusty plains of Kununurra – a small outback town in far north Kimberley region of Western Australia. Growing up, she never had any music lessons and it wasn't until the age of 23 when she discovered her passion of music and picked up an instrument for the very first time. In 2012, she quit her high paying corporate job and sold her house in order to pursue her career in music full time. Her latest single, 'Waiting', received air time on FBi, 4ZZZ and other radio stations around Australia.  

EVIE J WILLIE: Evie J is a proud Indigenous Singer/Songwriter who has been composing songs since the age of 15. Born in Toowoomba (QLD) and raised on an Aboriginal Reserve in Wellington (Western NSW), she is passionate about empowering young girls and women. Since moving to Sydney, Evie J has used her music to express and establish herself as a strong contemporary Indigenous Female Artist. Drawing on her Aboriginal and Ni-Vanuatu roots, Evie J's songs tackle real life experiences, truth, identity and culture. Her warm nature, powerful resonance and undeniable talent shines through in her music, which ranges from Roots and Reggae through to Blues and Acoustic Soul.