OMG Rotundas
Jess Miller & Claire Sutton

All over metropolitan Sydney there are beautiful purpose-built outdoor performance spaces that sit silent. Have you even met a Rotunda?

It is true. From Parramatta to Observatory Hill. Randwick to Centennial, Belmore and Moore Park.
There are purpose-built performance spaces that sit for days, weeks, months, years and even decades on end – in perfect silence.

This transformative idea is just about reminding people of what they have and re-igniting the virtuous cycle of performer-begets-audience-begets-performer etc. etc.
Make it like Rage and invite guests to curate a program for the Rotunda according to community tastes, time of day, or theme and audience.

Contrast the colonial architecture with contemporary performance, dance, comedy, ensembles, big bands, K-Pop – it really doesn’t matter as long as it something that people want to watch and listen to.
This idea activates outdoor places and if you mow the lawn invites physically-distanced opportunities to enjoy culture. It transforms dead public furniture that is hiding in plain sight, into a lightning rod for community and celebration.
Minimal effort – maximum impact. Better life = a more vibrant and cheerful Rotunda.
“What are you doing this weekend?”
“Dunno, meet you at the Rotunda.”

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