Iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House light up with an indigenous artwork for the first time ever on January 26
- The sails of the Sydney Opera House were emblazoned with bright coloured Indigenous artwork on Tuesday
- Spectacular design was projected onto the building on Australia Day in recognition of First Nations people
- With temperatures set to soar in the day, marches are planned in capital cities to demand the day be changed
- The artwork is titled ‘Angwirri’ and was done by NSW Indigenous artist and Yaegl woman Frances Belle-Parker
The Sydney Opera House, one of Australia’s most well-known landmarks, was lit up at dawn on Australia Day with brightly coloured Indigenous artwork for the first time in its history in recognition of First Nations people.
Shortly after first light, the Aboriginal flag was also raised alongside the Australian flag just across the water from the spectacular artwork on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
As the country prepares for heatwave conditions for the day, marches are planned in many capital cities to advocate abolishing Australia Day and demand justice for First Nations people.
The sails of the Sydney Opera House are lit up at dawn with an artwork titled ‘Angwirri,’ by NSW Indigenous artist and proud Yaegl woman Frances Belle-Parker on January 26
Dawn on Australia Day in Sydney was greeted by the Opera House lit up with traditional Indigenous artwork (pictured)
As Australia woke up on January 26, the sun rose over the country’s most famous building the Sydney Opera House spectacularly lit up with artwork in recognition of First Nations people
In Melbourne, an Invasion Day rally will go ahead despite the city’s annual Australia Day parade being cancelled.
In Sydney, the NSW police minister has warned the thousands of people planning to march in protest that they face fines or imprisonment for violating COVID-19 public health orders.
Conservative lobby group Advance Australia said it planned to arrange for the words ‘Aus Day’ to be written in the sky above Sydney on Tuesday, to counter the ‘Invasion Day rally’.
The country has again been embroiled in the annual debate about whether Australia Day’s date should be changed or the name changed to Invasion Day.
A poll published on Monday suggests the majority of Australians do not want to change the date of Australia Day.
Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt, meanwhile, acknowledged January 26 was a painful date for many Australians, but argued the day was an opportunity to reflect on the nation’s story of reconciliation.
The ABC was criticised on Monday for using the terminology ‘Invasion Day’ in an online article.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia’s decision to drop references to ‘Australia Day’ while promoting Big Bash League games also drew debate, with politicians and commentators weighing in.
Australia Day, on January 26, marks the day the First Fleet arrived on the shores of the country with the first free settlers
A day earlier on Monday singer Delta Goodrem and didgeridoo player William Barton (pictured) practiced for the Australia Day festivities to be held in front of Sydney’s iconic landmarks
Just before the sun rose on January 26 the Opera House was alight with the spectacular artwork which lasted into the morning (pictured)
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