Celebration program

NAIDOC in the City
Saturday 14 July
Hyde Park

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.

This year’s theme, Because of her, we can!’, celebrates the invaluable contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Main stage

10am Opening ceremony, traditional smoking ceremony and a NAISDA Dance College performance.
10.20am Microwave Jenny
11.10am Muggera Dancers
11.45am Sue Ray
12.30pm Mission Songs Project
1.20pm Electric Fields

Kids games

10am–2pm Indigenous games
10am–2pm Clinics including Netball NSW, AFL, ALDI MiniRoos, and Hockey NSW

Kids art and culture

10.20am Dancestry with Muggera Dancers
11am Koori Kinnections: Dreamtime story – Women and strength
11.35am Culture workshops with Matt Doyle
12.10pm Dancestry with NAISDA
12.45pm Koori Kinnections: Women and the Sea Nawi (Canoe) workshop with Paperbark
1.20pm Dancestry with Matt Doyle

Other activities


Basket weaving with Billinudgel Weavers
Taronga Zoo
Art workshops with Bibi Barba
Face painting

Food zone

10am–2pm Food stalls
Midday Earth oven

Cooking demonstrations

Learn how to make tasty bush tucker with cooking guru, Aunty Beryl Van-Oploo. Aunty Beryl combines knowledge from her Elders with contemporary foods and modern nutrition.

Over her 50-year career, she’s run catering enterprises, restaurants and cafes, always with a focus on bush tucker and native ingredients. She teaches cooking and hospitality skills to young students at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, helping them secure internships and jobs in the restaurant trade.

Join Aunty Beryl for:

  • lemon myrtle biscuits 10.30am–11am
  • bush tucker talk 11.45am–12.15pm
  • barbecue kangaroo fillet 1pm–1.45pm.


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

  • Didgeridoos, boomerangs and paintings.
  • Delicious foods such as preserves and relishes featuring native plants.
  • Clothing and accessories, including silk scarves, printed t-shirts, hats and hoodies.
  • Handmade jewellery.

Knowledge and culture

Learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures with educational and interactive displays. View displays from ANTaR, Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, NSW Aboriginal Land Council, UTS, Sydney University’s Healing our Spirits Worldwide, Tranby, and the Australia Film, Television and Radio School, UNSW, the National Film and Sound Archive and the Indigenous Youth Climate Action Network.

Koori collection pop-up

This year, check out books from the City of Sydney Library’s Koori collection. Sign up for library membership and borrow a book on the spot.

Art gallery

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