Published On 25 January 2021 at 05:00 PM
Sutherland Shire Council has taken its much loved Australia Day concert series online this year, with a stunning concert short film entitled ‘Our People. Our Places. Our Shire’ set to showcase the artistic talents of a diverse range of local performers.
The innovative online project draws upon the breadth of musical talent found locally in the Sutherland Shire and celebrates the region’s stunning natural environment, as well as featuring reflections from a range of prominent Sutherland Shire locals and Aboriginal Elders.
The project was devised as a way of ensuring that the local residents and those from further afield could once again this year enjoy a range of exceptional performances as part of their Australia Day activities, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic having forced the cancellation of much loved concerts staged each year by Sutherland Shire Council at Cronulla and Menai.
Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Steve Simpson, said that while Council was understandably disappointed not to be able to welcome concert goers to the Sutherland Shire this year, he hoped through taking the performances online it would help to find an even wider audience.
“All sectors of our community have faced struggles through the COVID-19 pandemic, and our performing arts sector is no different,” Mayor Simpson said.
“Council is very excited to not only be able to support our performing artists, but also to ensure that their talents are showcased in such a way that people far and wide can enjoy their performances wherever they may be spending Australia Day this year.
“The film also gives us the opportunity to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in an area rich with natural beauty and community spirit.
“It features some poignant reflections and important messages from our local First Nations community leaders, as well as contributions from a number of high profile local residents on what it means to be part of our community.
The film will be premiered across a number of online channels, including YouTube and the Sutherland Shire Council website.
Image: Col Hardy and Luke O'Shea