Celebrate more than 50,000 years of culture at the family-friendly festival
Celebrate local Aboriginal culture and heritage with entertainment, workshops, outdoor markets and a fireworks finale along the Parramatta River foreshore. Darug Elder Auntie Kerrie Kenton will kick off the free festival with a Welcome to Country, followed by a performance from the Jannawi Dance Clan and a contemporary work by Treasures Dance Project.
On the main stage, you’ll see hip-hop artist Radical Son, blues and roots powerhouse Krista Pav, rising star Mi-Kaisha and singer/songwriter Lollipop. There’ll be Blak Markets showcasing Indigenous arts, skincare products and bush foods including Raw Kreations, Cyclopes Press, Native Secrets, Blak Markets Retail, Lemon Mrytle Harvest and Blak Markets Coffee.
The event explores this year’s NAIDOC Week theme ‘Songlines: the Living Narrative of Our Nation’ with a chance for people to learn about the history and diversity of Aboriginal Australia and the relationships between the land, river, sea and the people.
Kids can try their hand at Indigenous games, native flower arranging, weaving, jewellery and tool making, or enjoy stories at the Gunya tent. There’ll be music workshops led by Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), free bike hire and guided bike tours along the Parramatta River, as well as guided Aboriginal sun spotting and stargazing with the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences.
Stick around for the end of the event for a light display on the Barry Wilde Bridge and fireworks along the foreshore.