8th - 20th June 2021
Sydney Solstice

Songlines of our Universe

ATDW Physical Address
Sydney Observatory, 1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point
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Food and Wine, Music

In 2020 William Barton was awarded the Powerhouse Indigenous Cultural Development Residency. The Commissioning Residency took place at the Sydney Observatory, with William’s collaborator musician Veronique Serret. The result of the residency is a new commissioned work, Songlines of our Universe which was inspired by the Sydney Observatory, the Southern Sky and the Powerhouse Museum collection.

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As a featured event of Sydney Solstice, the Powerhouse will present the world premiere of Songlines of our Universe within the grounds of the Sydney Observatory, one of the most significant sites in the nation’s scientific history. The commission is made up of six movements which will be performed live by internationally renowned William Barton and Veronique Serret over four exclusive nights under the stars.

Join us for the world-premiere of this work and gaze at the stars while enjoying this unique live performance. Sydney Observatory astronomers will facilitate the viewing of astronomical objects with outdoor telescopes that inspired the commission including the Milky Way and Andromeda. A winter themed food and beverage offer will be available from leading NSW produce and wine makers to compliment the performance.

Please note that this is an outdoor event.

All tickets

Adult $45
Concession $35
Child $30
MAAS Member Adult $33
MAAS Member Concession $26
MAAS Member Child: $22

Getting there

Transport Options
Light Rail

Sydney has an excellent public transport network and you can get to all of the Sydney Solstice precincts by bus, train, light rail or ferry. Parking will be limited at most festival venues, so we recommend you travel by public transport rather than driving. Check out our Transport section for more information.