The QVB in Sydney’s CBD will deliver the magic of Christmas with a unique and exciting new schedule of music programming and once again unveils its Australian native Wollemi Pine-inspired Christmas tree for the third year with an important First Nations artistic overlay.
The 20-metre-high Wollemi Pine Christmas tree is in collaboration with the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative.
Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative was established in 1987 by ten artists striving for recognition from the mainstream art society, with its primary goal to promote Aboriginal Artists.
Melanie Vale, QVB Centre Manager said: “Experiencing the QVB with family and friends during the Christmas period is a memorable tradition for so many and we are excited to add to that this year. The QVB is committed to the ongoing representation of First Nations people and art as well as partnering with local creatives and choir groups as part of our beloved festive celebrations.”
Artists Dr Bronwyn Bancroft, Jude Jarratt and Jeffrey Samuels developed the artistic overlay and installation in celebration of what is unique to Australia. The interactive installation is emblematic of Aboriginal peoples, the beauty of Indigenous art, intelligence, systems, and knowledge that has been developed for over 60,000 years.
Being NSW’s largest indoor Christmas Tree, the festive tree towers majestically over three shopping levels in height.
On the ground floor of the QVB, you will see Dr Bronwyn Bancroft’s interactive art installation that wraps around a lustrous vision of bush and rainforest. Walk through and take in the experience, hearing endangered birds from “Songs of Disappearance” by The Bowerbird Collective.
Furthermore, the tree is adorned with 45 beautifully hand-painted flannel flowers by Jude Jarrett and Jeffrey Samuels. which can be seen from the first and second levels.
Guests will be able to watch the Southern Royal Albatross inspired bird decorations come to life and fly around the Christmas Tree in the augmented experiences on Level 2. Programmed light shows with soundscapes of Nardi Simpson’s “Of Stars and Birds” will also be play daily at 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm and 5:30pm.
Dr Bronwyn Bancroft, Boomali Aboriginal Artists Co-operative said: “The tree showcases and celebrates our love for nature and explore themes of connection with country and Mother Nature as well as celebrate Australia’s native flora and fauna.”
The music programming at the QVB will include an unmatched schedule of entertainment from choirs including the Barayagal Choir, Australian Girls’ Choir, The Honeybees, Bel A Capella and Circular Key Chorus from mid-November to the end of the year. Performances will take place on Thursday evenings from 4pm and 6pm and Saturdays from 11am to 2pm with additional selected school choirs showcasing their voices and repertoire throughout the month too.