the indigenous duo behind the “Calling Country” show at 9 p.m

Two Indigenous artists who graduated from art school just three years ago are the creators of this year’s Calling Country fireworks display at 9pm on New Year’s Eve, which will be watched by more than a million people around Sydney Harbour.

The 11-minute show has lasted six months and includes fireworks, visual light projections, a dance ensemble and musical performances.

Carmen Glynn-Braun and Dennis Golding, center, with musicians Kobie Dee and Akala Newman, flanked by Brolga Dance Academy.

Carmen Glynn-Braun and Dennis Golding, center, with musicians Kobie Dee and Akala Newman, flanked by Brolga Dance Academy. Credit:James Brickwood

The duo behind it, Carmen Glynn-Braun and Dennis Golding, graduated from the University of NSW School of Art & Design in 2019 and founded the Re-Right Collective before being given the opportunity to close the 9pm fireworks show in July to produce.

Inspired by the blue of the sky and the colors of land and sea, these fireworks are accompanied by light projections on the Harbor Bridge pylons.

Alongside the pyrotechnics, there will be dancers from Brolga Dance Academy and a performance by hip-hop artist and Gomeroi man Kobie Dee, while another track will be performed by songwriter and Gadigal woman Akala Newman.

The images projected onto the pylons created by Glynn-Braun feature lunar images symbolizing time, seasons, fertility and new beginnings.

Glynn-Braun, an Arrernte, Kaytetye and Anmatyerre woman from central Australia, said Sydney’s First Nations communities are diverse and she wanted to show that on New Year’s Eve.

“I think it’s a celebration of contemporary Indigenous life here in Sydney and we really wanted to show that there are so many stories that coexist,” she said.

At the start of the project, Glynn-Braun and Golding held workshops with more than 100 school-age Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from Sydney.

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Callan Tansill

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