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The Blak Markets are coming to Redfern, the city centre of activism for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

The art, history, food and music of Indigenous Australians will be explored and celebrated at the Blak Markets this Sunday, hosted by the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern. There will be a selection of Indigenous jewellery, artworks and food to perouse, as well as workshops, dancing and singing performances.

At the Heart of Sport – the featuring art exhibition of this weekend’s market – will include a panel discussion as a part of Art Month. The group behind the Blak markets, First Hand Solutions, chose this theme to highlight how sport has united many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Like sport, the market is also a uniting force for First Nations people in Sydney. Behind the coffee machines and market stalls are young Aboriginal people being trained in food preparation, retail and as baristas.

Like any other market there’s plenty to see, buy and do, but First Hand Solutions’ aim is to educate and empower Indigenous communities.

By: Olivia Gee

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SO! SO! Good to find this, compared to earlier years, when the culture struggled to survive @ La Perouse, Sydney!