Sacred Music Festival 2016

Chorella Choir
Saxophonist Gai Bryant - photo by Anwyn Bryant

Sacred Patterns for the 2016 Sydney Sacred Music Festival

Ten thousand petals, choral singing and a guitar sax duo are ready to delight you at Blacktown Hospital this September as part of the Sydney Sacred Music Festival. 

The free events are part of BMDH Project’s arts and culture program which helps make our hospitals more welcoming and less stressful. 

This is our third year with the festival, which showcases music, ceremony and art and aims to bring us closer to ‘the sacred’ within each person.

Sacred Patterns are free events developed in partnership with the SSMF, Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals (BMDH) Expansion Stage 2 Arts and Culture Program and SydWest Multicultural Services

Ten Thousand Paper Petals

When: 2 - 18 September

Where: Hospital Street main foyer, Blacktown Hospital

Artists: Indian Womens’ groups of Sydwest Multicultural Services and Yoshimi Lawler

Origami master Yoshimi Lawler has been working with visitors, patients and staff of Blacktown Hospital to fold 1000 lotus flowers that will be transformed into a rangoli inspired by the Indian community.

Rangoli is an art form originating from India in which decorative patterns are create don the ground or floor (usually with sand) to celebrate auspicious occasions and festivals.

Watch the creation of the rangoli on Friday 2 September and see the artwork from 2 - 18 September in Hospital Street. 

Rangoli is an artform originating from India. Decorative patterns adorn the floor and celebrate auspicious occasions and festivals. Typically, coloured rice, sand or flower petals are used for this kind of decoration.

However, this rangoli installation uses origami, the Japanese art of folding paper.

Origami activities have been used over the past few months as part of consultation for an arts and cultural plan developed for Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals Expansion Project Stage 2.

 The group chose the symbol of  lotus flower to adorn this rangoli. The lotus flower is an important symbol to many cultures and is symbolic of  purity of heart, spiritual awakening, love and compassion.

Just as the lotus often rises from muddy water to reveal its beauty the flower can also symbolise a rising out of suffering. The centre of the rangoli holds an origami ‘Diya’ lamp, a sign of optimism and hope.

The rangoli design has also been inspired by the Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals’ round logo design and also signifies a  Hospital Expansion that is growing to take better take care of the local community.

Proudly sponsored by SydWest Multicultural Services


Chorella Community Choir

When: Saturday 10 September 2016 at 1pm

Where: Community Gathering Space, Blacktown Hospital

Experience the divine voices of Chorella a cappella choir with a repertoire ranging from ancient to modern songs that are from both near and far.

Based in Richmond NSW, Chorella sing a wide variety of songs under the musical directorship of Anthony Linden Jones and have twice been winners of the Hawkesbury Eisteddfod. They have also performed at Jenolan Caves, Rodd Island, Sydney Opera House, ABC Sing Out, Blackheath Choir Festival and St Albans Music Festival. Their first CD of music is due for completion in late 2016.


Gai Bryant and Jeremy Sawkins

When: Saturday 17 September 12.30pm

Where: Community Gathering Space, Blacktown Hospital.

Gai Bryant (saxophone) and Jeremy Sawkins (guitar) will draw from traditional Korean folk music and jazz ballads to create a connection with you. The pieces feature beautiful melodic patterns and themes inspired by liberation and the human condition. Relax and share in a musical conversation that will change your mood and reduce your stress.

Gai has worked with Korean taegum maestro Won Hyang-Juan, acclaimed US composer Jim McNeely, Sandy Evans, Jackie Orzaczky, Lloyd Swanton, Don Burrows, Roger Frampton and others. Gai has toured with her own groups within Australia performing at major jazz venues and jazz festivals. Internationally she has toured to Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Sweden, Finland and Cuba performing with her own groups and as a guest instrumentalist.

During his career, Jeremy has had the opportunity to work with many other fine musicians including Bernie McGann, Paul McNamara, Jackie Orzaczky, Tony Buck, Don Burrows, Phil Wilson (USA), IndraLesmana (Indonesia) and many more. He has also played in many groups over the years covering a wide variety of musical styles including ‘The Zips’; ‘What is Hip’; Monica Trapaga’s Continental Deli and Brazilian Spectacular. 



Worlds Collide 2016

World Collide Sydney Sacred Music Festival

We're excited to be taking part in our third year with the Sydney Sacred Music Festival.

See the full program

Fold flowers with us

Origami lotus

Join us on Wednesday 17 August at Blacktown Hospital to fold flowers for our rangoli. Everyone welcome!