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NAIDOC Week in Sydney

Look towards a more inclusive future and honour the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the first full week of July

Indigenous women showing artworks at the National Indigenous Art Fair.
Photograph: Wayne Quilliam

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July, celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. Events in Sydney will take place from July 7-14 honouring the theme 'Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let's work together for a shared future'. This year's theme asks all members of the community to strive to build an inclusive society that utilises cross-cultural problem solving for the betterment of First Nations peoples.

NAIDOC stands for 'National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee'. In the 1920s, Aboriginal groups sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. Today, all Australians and visitors are invited to join in the celebrations – many of which are free to attend and open to all ages. 

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How to celebrate NAIDOC Week in Sydney

Northern Territory rapper Birdz press shot against purple background
Photograph: Michelle Hunder
Music, Rap, hip hop and R&B

Klub Koori

icon-location-pin Carriageworks, Eveleigh

Following a huge Sydney Opera House party for Vivid, Briggs and his record label Bad Apples are sending a few of the show's star music makers to a NAIDOC Week Klub Koori gig. Leading the bill is Northern Territory rapper Birdz, alongisde Sydney’s Rebecca Hatch, Yuin rapper Nooky, Mildura-based hip-hop artist Philly, and 21-year-old Gamilaroi artist Kobie Dee.

Jannawii dancers in Parramatta
Photograph: Supplied
Things to do, Fairs and festivals

Burramatta NAIDOC

icon-location-pin Parramatta Park, Parramatta

Wander through the market and see First Nations artists perform traditional and contemporary dance at this family-friendly festival. Each year, there’s also a collection of free workshops and activities, dance and music at the corroboree circle, plus a feast to share with the community using native Australian ingredients.

Aboriginal man holding a colourful textile work in front of other artworks.
Photograph: Wayne Quilliam
Shopping, Arts and crafts

National Indigenous Art Fair

icon-location-pin Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks

The folks from the Blak Markets will be hosting this two-day festival of art, dance, music and traditional cooking the weekend before Sydney celebrates NAIDOC Week. You’ll get to explore artworks from remote Indigenous art centres and artists beside 30 other stalls that regularly appear at the Blak Markets.

NAIDOC in the City
Photograph: Joseph Mayers/City of Sydney
Things to do, Fairs and festivals

NAIDOC in the City

icon-location-pin Hyde Park, Sydney

Share in the traditional food, song, dance and stories of Sydney's Indigenous community. This free, family-friendly event will celebrate Sydney’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and bring together the wider community with earth oven treats, an art, craft and produce market, plus painting, weaving and sports workshops for kids. 

Mum Shirl in a black and white photo.
Photograph: Supplied
Things to do, Exhibitions

Mum: Black Saint of Redfern

icon-location-pin Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Paddington

Shirley Smith, better known as Mum Shirl, was a Wiradjuri woman brought up by her grandparents in Cowra. She learned 16 Aboriginal languages and became a hugely influential social worker, humanitarian and community leader for Indigenous people in Sydney and beyond. This exhibition honours the life and contributions of Mum Shirl. 

Two kids in Indigenous face paint doing craft.
Photograph: James Horan
Things to do, Fairs and festivals

NAIDOC Week: Voice. Treaty. Truth.

icon-location-pin Rouse Hill House and Farm, Western Sydney

Join this day of learning that recognises our collective responsibility for creating an informed, inclusive multicultural society. Sydney Living Museums and their cultural partner Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre will be hosting a community celebration that includes dance performances, a smoking ceremony, yarning circle, Indigenous language workshops and art activities.

Digital artwork by Indigenous artists Wayne Quilliam, featuring a reflective pool and gum trees.
Image: Wayne Quilliam
Things to do, Exhibitions

NAIDOC Week with Wayne Quilliam

icon-location-pin Darling Quarter, Haymarket

See 16 digitally produced, kaleidoscope-like photographic artworks by Indigenous artist Wayne Quilliam that reflect on this year’s NAIDOC Week theme. They will be presented inside four large cubes at Darling Quarter, alongside a series of free, family-friendly workshops.

Indigenous walks and tours in Sydney

Celebrate our culture all year round

Lin Onus 1991 Fruit Bats install photo Yiribana Gallery at Art Gallery of New South Wales 2013 August image courtesy AGNSW
Photography: Art Gallery of NSW

Where to see Aboriginal art in Sydney

Whether you're visiting from overseas or a curious local looking to get beyond the basics (Dot paintings? Bark paintings? Just the tip of the iceberg), these are the places to see the best of Australia's diverse Indigenous art practice.

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