Sydney Festival goes to sea this summer at Maritime Museum


The Australian National Maritime Museum hosts an eclectic mix of experiences this summer as part of the Sydney Festival 2023.

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Brickwrecks: Sunken Ships in Lego bricks!

An exciting new exhibition using LEGO® bricks that plunges the viewer into stories behind some of the world’s most fascinating shipwrecks.

The exhibition, a partnership between Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught, the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Western Australian Museum opens on December 17

Wrecks featured in the exhibition are between 1 – 3 metres in length and include:

  • The oldest known shipwreck which sank off Uluburun, Turkey, around 1300 BCE;
  • A Chinese ship that sank in 1323 near the Shinan islands, South Korea;
  • Vasa, a Swedish warship that sank in 1628 in the Stockholm harbour;
  • Batavia, a Dutch trading vessel that sank in 1629 off the Houtman Abrolhos, Western Australia;
  • HMS Pandora which wrecked in 1791 in the Great Barrier Reef whilst on its way to hunt down the Bounty mutineers;
  • HMS Terror and HMS Erebus, both wrecked in 1848 off King William Island, Canada, whilst searching for the North West Passage;
  • RMS Titanic, the luxury steamship that sank in the North Atlantic in 1912;
  • MV Rena, the Liberian-flagged container ship that sank at Astrolabe Reef, New Zealand, in 2011; and
  • The Barangaroo boat recently discovered during excavations in Sydney Harbour

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Shipwreck Odyssey:

A brand new immersive experience from the team at The Box of Birds/Stalker theatre .

Voyage beneath the turquoise waves and coral cays of Queensland’s Wreck Reefs as the ghost ship Jenny Lind leads you on an adventure into the wild wonders and mysteries of our oceans.

Dance with stingrays, bask with whales, swirl through spectacular shipwreck reefs and run with vistas of plankton in a magical storytelling and playscape experience. 

This experience combines live storytelling and performance with a state-of-the-art responsive projection playscape- inviting audiences to come alive to their love for our blue planet. 

Opens December 28

Commissioned by the Australian National Maritime Museum and Sydney Festival and developed by The Box of Birds/Stalker Theatre Team. Shipwreck Odyssey has been supported by EPIC Games Megagrants, Australia Council for the Arts and Create NSW.

NBF2023 New Beginnings Festival – Saturday January 28

A free multi-form arts event that showcases the artistic vibrancy and cultural heritage of Australia’s First Nations, migrant and refugee artists.

New Beginnings Festival is a celebration of fresh sounds, tastes, and a visual burst of colour!

New Beginnings Festival is all about fostering an inclusive society that promotes equal opportunities through arts and culture initiatives.

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