NAIDOC in the City

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NAIDOC in the City
Photograph: Sharon Hickey

Celebrate the world’s oldest living culture with performances, workshops and markets in the park

City of Sydney’s main NAIDOC Week festivities take place in Hyde Park with a lunchtime program of music, dance, food and art. The theme of this year’s event gives all Australians the opportunity to learn about the Dreamtime when the earth, people and animals were created by ancestral spiritual beings.

Radical Son, Redfern-based reggae fusion group Green Hand Band and 15-year-old singer-songwriter Mi’Kaisha headline the main stage of performances and there’ll be a marketplace of food and arts and crafts. Uncle Chicka Madden will lead the opening ceremony and welcome to country, and there’ll be a traditional smoking ceremony led by Matthew Doyle.

A traditional earth oven will be used to cook the food on offer on the day. Food is marinated overnight in traditional sauces and rubs, and later steamed, roasted and barbecued in the earth ovens.

Kids can listen to storytelling by author Anita Heiss, attend cultural workshops with Matthew Doyle or learn traditional dances with the team from NAISDA. There’ll be animals from Taronga Zoo, an NRL skills workshop and language lessons from Deborah Lennis. 

By: Emma Joyce

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