The Vigil
25 JANUARY Barangaroo Reserve
Free Event
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  • Sat 25 Jan at 8.00pm

    AUSLAN Interpreted 
Free Event
The Vigil

The Vigil returns to Barangaroo Reserve, offering an opportunity to gather together and experience a night of performance and reflection on the eve of Australia Day.

It’s a time to consider Australia’s Indigenous heritage, as well as its colonial institutions and contemporary multicultural migration, from dusk on 25 January until dawn on 26 January.

Hear live music from Dan Sultan and guests alongside choral and poetry performances, and experience the resilience, beauty and joy of First Nations culture.



Important Info
Q. What time should I arrive?
The Vigil program commences at dusk (8pm) on 25 January and will continue until dawn (6am) on 26 January.

Q. Do I need to register?
No need to pre-register: The Vigil is a free event and all are welcome to join at Barangaroo Reserve.

Q. Is there a recommended age for The Vigil?
All ages are welcome.

Q. How long will the AUSLAN interpreters be there for?
AUSLAN interpreters will be in attendance from 8pm – 10pm

Q. Is photography allowed?
Yes, photography is allowed at The Vigil.

Q. What items are not allowed to be brought in?
In the interest of public safety, these items are not permitted at the event and will need to be surrendered on entry to the Reserve.
  • Candles, fireworks or sparklers
  • Tarps, tents or shade structures
  • Barbecues or cooking equipment
  • Tables
  • Offensive weapons including large knives and laser pointers
  • Alcohol or other illicit substances

Q. Can I buy food on site?
Yes, food and beverages can be purchased from pop-up food vendors onsite. There are also several restaurants and shops near Towns Place/Walsh Bay or at Barangaroo South.

Q. Can I put a shade tent up? What seating is provided?
No: shade tents, tents, and overhead structures are not permitted. There is no fixed seating, but you are welcome to bring folding chairs, and encouraged to bring blankets or pillows to sit on the sand circles or on the grass around the fires.

Q. What else should I bring?
Clothing that provides warmth and weather protection.
Water and your own water bottle, which can be filled on site.
You are welcome to bring a picnic blanket and folding chairs.

Q. Is there free drinking water at the Reserve?
Yes, free drinking water will be available for you to refill portable water bottles.

Q. Is there first aid at the Reserve?
In case of an emergency, please see a member of security, or a staff member from Sydney Festival or Barangaroo.

Q. Are there toilets at the Reserve?
Yes, from Stargazer Lawn where The Vigil takes place you can take the lift to the Ground Floor where the toilets are located. Additional public toilets are located next to Pump House off Towns Place, and an additional portable bathroom will be available onsite.

Q. Can visitors with accessibility requirements visit Barangaroo Reserve?
Yes, Barangaroo strives to be accessible to all visitors of all ages, including those with additional mobility requirements. Please see the Accessibility section for detailed information on getting to Barangaroo Reserve.

Q. Is there parking at or near the Reserve?
Wilson Parking operates a public car park with 300 spaces beneath Barangaroo Reserve. The car park operates between 6am–midnight, seven days a week. Enter the carpark at Towns Place and take the lift to Level 2 to Stargazer Lawn, where The Vigil takes place.

Q. What are the public transport options to get there?
The best way to plan your travel is via the NSW Transport website.

Q. Where can we eat dinner before The Vigil?
There are a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars in Barangaroo’s southern dining precinct to choose from. Click here for details and opening hours. There are also food trucks available at Barangaroo Reserve.

Q. Any other questions?
If you have additional questions, please email us at
Infrastructure NSW NITV

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