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NAIDOC in the City

Enjoy a lunchtime feast of traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and achievements

Supported by the City of Sydney

NAIDOC in the City is a free celebration of the world’s longest living Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Enjoy food, song, art, dance and stories in the heart of the city.

The City of Sydney supports NAIDOC Week, which runs from 7 to 14 July 2019. Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future is the theme for this year, reflecting the 3 key elements set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. 2019 is also the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Main stage

  • 11am – Opening ceremony
    • Welcome to Country
    • Traditional smoking ceremony
    • Muggera
    • Kiris An Tharan Torres Strait Islander Dance Troup
  • 11.20am – Alice Skye
  • 12.10pm – Muggera with students from Chifley College Bidwill
  • 12.45pm – Chris Tamwoy
  • 1.30pm – The Merindas
  • 2.20pm – Nooky and Kobie Dee

Kids’ art and culture

  • 11.20am – Making Nowie
  • 12 noon – Culture workshops with Matt Doyle
  • 12.35pm – Dancestry with Kiris An Tharan Torres Strait Island Dance Troupe
  • 1.10pm – Dancestry with Muggera with students from Chifley College Bidwill
  • 1.45pm – Making fried scones
  • 2.20pm – Dancestry with Matt Doyle

Other activities

  • 11am–3pm – Art Workshops
  • 11am–3pm – Taronga Zoo
  • 11am–3pm – Face painting

Kids games

  • 11am–3pm – Indigenous games
  • 11am–3pm – Fair game
  • 11am–3pm – Clinics including Netball NSW, Hockey NSW and Football NSW

Knowledge and Culture

Learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures with educational and interactive displays.

Participants include the Art Gallery of NSW, the Australian Museum, UTS, the Australian Film, Television and Radio School’s Indigenous Unit, the State Library of NSW, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and the City of Sydney’s Eora Journey.

Healing Space

The Healing Space explores the national NAIDOC Week theme, Voice.Treaty.Truth.

We acknowledge this theme may be emotional for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as they reflect on what it means to them, their families and communities.

The Healing Space will host activities that promote self-care and healing through weaving and jewellery making workshops and a community art mural.

Art Gallery

Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative presents a collaborative art exhibition with APY Art Centre Collective.

Both organisations will have some amazing art pieces available to buy on the day.

Informative and engaging talks will be hosted at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Visit the Art Gallery tent for more information.

Food zone

11am–3pm – Food stalls available
Sample mouth watering bites such as crocodile sang choy bau and kangaroo chilli pies.

Midday – Earth Oven
Taste some tucker from the two earth oven pits dug in Hyde Park. Earth ovens are a traditional method of cooking underground using hot rocks and natural materials to seal in the heat and slow cook food for hours.


Come along to NAIDOC’s marketplace to buy local and authentic art, craft and produce from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.

  • Preserves and relishes with native plants.
  • Accessories, including handmade jewellery.
  • Yoga mats, essential oils and creams.



Saturday 13 July 2019 from 11am to 3pm



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