It’s the Australia Day long weekend here, but the actual date (26th January) — which commemorates the landing of the first fleet bearing convicts from England and the raising of the British flag at Sydney Cove — is quite controversial.
Indigenous Australians call it Invasion Day, and there is much pressure on the government from people of all backgrounds to change the date.
This is what those in charge of the Sydney Opera House did — a nice, not-all-that-subtle message of support for the change of date — and it’s beautiful!
“The sails of the Sydney Opera House have been lit up with gorgeous Indigenous artwork by Kamilaroi artist Rhonda Sampson.” (From FaceBook)
I think it’s beautiful!!!
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but right now, I’m wearing a ring my uncle had commissioned for my aunt to commemorate their attendance at the opening night of the Sidney Opera House. It’s so unique and every time I look at it, I’m reminded how beautiful the Opera House is, whether lit up or not.
And I still can’t subscribe :(
That looks so neat and colorful. I was not aware of the conflict of what the day stands for but I understand it. Thanks for sharing this and making us more aware.
The sails look lovely, though I’m on the “leave the date” team. I think it’s time we stopped being such a divisive bunch, put the past where it rightly belongs and embraced each other, all of us, particularly as I think many “indigenous” Australians have conveniently forgotten the rest of their heritage. We’re all melting pots of humanity and we should respect every culture that goes into making each of us what we are.