Sydney Festival 2017: Bayala

Sydney Festival 2017 (photograph by Prudence Upton)

Bayala means ‘speak’ in local language. It’s a sharing and celebration of the Indigenous heritage of Sydney and the growing movement to reawaken local language. Working with local Eora and Darug community leaders and language experts, classes, talks, an installation and a mass choral performance have been developed to celebrate the local language of the Sydney area.

Be part of the reawakening of the Aboriginal language of Sydney. Darug woman Aunty Jacinta Tobin and Gadigal man Joel Davison lead a range of language classes developed to provide a foundational understanding of local language. Learn greetings and introductions; landscape and placenames; body parts; simple grammar and sentences; and a song.

When: 7–29 January 2017 as part of the Sydney Festival at various locations throughout Sydney including Dawes Point and the State Library of NSW.

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