Celebration program

NAIDOC Week recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and achievements. What started as a day of mourning in 1940 is now a full week of events that acknowledge the contributions of the First Peoples of Australia.

NAIDOC in the City is a fun and free days outdoors at Hyde Park on Monday 3 July.

Here’s the program for the day so you don’t miss a thing.

Main stage

11am Opening ceremony
11.15am Muggera Dancers
11.50am Emily Wurramara
12.30pm Electric Fields
1.30pm Slip On Stereo
2.30pm Kahl Wallis

Kids’ art and culture

11.15am and 2.25pm Koori Kinnections
12pm and 2.05pm Dancestry with NAISDA
12.20pm Culture workshop with Matt Doyle
12.55pm Dancestry with Muggera Dancers
1.20pm1.35pm Pre-school language workshop with Deborah Lennis

Other activities

11am3pm Basket weaving with Billinudgel Weavers
11am3pm Taronga Zoo
11am3pm City of Sydney Library program
11am3pm Art workshops
11am3pm Face painting
11am-3pm Music workshops

Kids’ games

11am3pm NRL clinic
11am3pm AFL clinic
11am3pm Soccer clinic
11am3pm Sydney Kings Basketball
11am3pm Australian Rugby Union
11am3pm Softball
11am3pm NASCA (National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy)


A gunya is a small to medium sized Aboriginal dwelling made of natural materials. These include strong pliable cane or tree saplings for the frame and paperbark from the melaleuca tree for cladding. The size, style and name of gunya varies across Australia, depending on the types of materials available and their intended use.

11.15am12pm Yiddaki (didgeridoo) and dance performance
1pm1.30pm Nguura/Gunya talk
2.15pm3pm  Yiddaki (didgeridoo) and dance performance

Culture and language

Learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures with displays by ANTaR National, Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, Culture is Life, Eora Journey, Jumbunna UTS, Australian National Maritime Museum, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Nura Gilli at UNSW and State Library of NSW.

Food zone

11am–3pm Food stalls available
From 11.30am Cooking with Mark Olive

  • 11.30am12pm Lemon myrtle barramundi
  • 12.45pm1.45pm Lemon myrtle and eucalyptus shortbread with a herb and spice demonstration
  • 2pm2.30pm – Crusted kangaroo fillet

12pm Earth oven


Come along to NAIDOC’s marketplace to buy local art, craft and produce, featuring:

  • didgeridoos, boomerangs and paintings
  • delicious foods such as preserves and relishes featuring native plants
  • clothing and accessories
  • picture books
  • jewellery.

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