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NAIDOC Week in Sydney

This year's celebration of Australian First Nations pride is all about getting up, standing up and showing up

Maya Skidmore
Written by
Time Out editors
Maya Skidmore

NAIDOC Week is a big week for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians alike. It’s all about celebrating the richness and resilience of First Nations history and culture, and drawing much-needed attention to the world’s oldest living culture and all the beauty that comes with it. 

NAIDOC stands for 'National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee', and was created in 1956 as a means of organising national events celebrating Indigenous culture.This year, NAIDOC Week will run from Sunday July 3 to Sunday July 10, with the theme for 2022 being ‘Get up! Stand up! Show up!’, which is extremely fitting given the continued fight of First Nations communities to secure legal, environmental and institutional justice and reforms, with this year heralding a new chapter in Australia’s Indigenous history that prioritises justice, equity and recognition as the pavers of the road towards reconciliation. 

Sydney’s Eora Nation will be coming alive this week with live music, art and cultural festivities and free events, and everybody, regardless of where they come from, is warmly welcomed to come along in celebrating what has always been, and always will be, Aboriginal land. 

Celebrate culture and country all year round with our list of the best places to see Indigenous Art in Sydney. 

How to celebrate NAIDOC Week in Sydney

  • Things to do
  • City Life

Created by Waanyi artist Judy Watson and commissioned by the City of Sydney, this colossal 6.4 metre tall crescent is called Bara, meaning 'shell hook' in Gadigal language, and is a tribute to the ancient living culture that called this part of Sydney home for thousands of years, as well as recognising the destructiveness of colonial settlement. It's hoped the location of the sculpture will offer a place of quiet contemplation for today's Sydneysiders in search of a moment of calm in the heart of an ever-frenetic city.  


  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours

Aboriginal Australia has a rich culture that’s survived more than 60,000 years. Aboriginal people have survived catastrophic changes to their cultures and ways of life brought about by Europeans since 1788, and there’s a lot that visitors can learn from the oldest living culture in the world. Really get to know the city of Sydney through the connection to land that its First Nations peoples have and continue to uphold through these four Sydney tours.


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