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Image: Penny Evans, Estuarine Creatures with Gawu 2018, white earthenware with sgraffito and glazes, echidna quills, emu feathers, plastic flowers, raffia.

Measured Response

Come along to the National Art School to see some stunning examples of contemporary art presenting contemporary Aboriginal perspectives. Curated by Emily McDaniel, Measured Response features work from a range of artists, many combining bodily and spiritual practices of art-making.   Read More

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NAIDOC in the City

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s, which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Read More

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Klub Koori

To celebrate NAIDOC Week, come along to Klub Koori at Carriageworks for an evening with award-winning Electric Fields (duo Zaachariaha Fielding and Michael Ross). The music of Electric Fields ranges from soulful pop to epic-scale electronic works to intimate story-songs. This Read More

Photo is of artist Marlene Rubuntja from Yarrenyty Arltere Artists (Alice Springs, NT). Photographer,  Lyndsay Urquhart.

National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Fair

Make sure you find time to come along to the National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Fair. Hosted by the iconic Blak Markets, this event takes place over two days on the weekend before NAIDOC Week. The art fair features Aboriginal and Torres Read More

Daniel Riley, Tyrel Dulvarie, Rika Hamaguchi and Yolanda Lowatta – Dark Emu – Bangarra – Photo by Daniel Boud

Dark Emu

Dark Emu is a compelling new work by Bangarra Dance Theatre. Inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s book of the same name, Dark Emu combines thrilling contemporary dance and soundscapes, and distinctively Australian stories. It features 18 of Bangarra’s extraordinary performers.   Read More

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Blak Box

Find time to come along to Blak Box. Combining oral history, interviews and spoken word performances, with original music and excerpts of the Sydney language, Blak Box is a truly immersive experience, offering insights into Sydney’s past, present and possible Read More

Photo: Katherine Griffiths

Listen Here Now

As part of Vivid Sydney, join journalist Laura Murphy-Oates for a fascinating discussion with Aboriginal creatives from the arts, screen and culture. Listen to speakers Bianca ‘Bee’ Cruse, Rhyan Clapham AKA Dobby, Travis De Vries and Medika Thorpe talk about Read More

DJALI (2017) Directed by Hunter Page-Lochard

First Nations: A Celebration

Part of the Sydney Film Festival, First Nations: A Celebration presents a range of films from Australia’s Indigenous filmmakers as well as a retrospective of short films funded by Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department. This year’s program marks the 25th anniversary Read More

Megan Wilding in Sydney Theatre Company’s Blackie Blackie Brown the Traditional Owner of Death

Blackie Blackie Brown

Come along to the Sydney Theatre Company to see Nakkiah Lui’s new play, Blackie Blackie Brown. Lui’s play sees Dr Jacqueline Black, subdued archaeologist, transformed into Blackie Blackie Brown, part vigilante/part superhero, for an action packed (and occasionally gory) adventure.   Read More

Talking Deadly at the State Library of NSW

Talking Deadly: My Grandmother’s Lingo

Come along to Talking Deadly: My Grandmother’s Lingo, to hear Animator, Jake Duczynski, discuss the role technology can play in sharing Indigenous stories. Jake recently joined with Angelina Joshua from the remote South East Arnhem Land community of Ngukurr on Read More

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Day of Mourning panel discussion

Part of National Reconciliation Week 2018, this event commemorates the 80th anniversary of Day of Mourning, Australia’s first civil rights protest. Come along to hear artists, thinkers, community members and others discuss how this significant cultural event helped to effect positive Read More

Norou-gal-derri s’avançant pour combattre 1802 (Nicholas-Martin Petit). Courtesy, State Library of NSW

Speaker Series: The Sydney Wars

Join historian Dr Stephen Gapps for a discussion of his new book, The Sydney Wars: Conflict in the Early Colony 1788-1817. Dr Gapps’ new work gives the first detailed account of conflict in the Sydney region between Aboriginal Australians and Read More

Courtesy of the City Recital Hall

Songs of Belonging

Join acclaimed Indigenous soprano, Deborah Cheetham AO as she shares her life story and musical journey to find her place of belonging. Combining music and storytelling, Songs of Belonging premieres new music by Cheetham in the languages of the Yorta Read More


A Weekend in Redfern

Make your way to Eora College to experience the world’s oldest living culture. Held over two days, A Weekend in Redfern, offers visitors the opportunity to experience a smoking ceremony, be welcomed to country by a Redfern elder, and participate in weaving, Read More

Courtesy University of Sydney, photography by Michael Johnston

Cultural Competence – Aboriginal Sydney

Take part in the University of Sydney’s free online course, Cultural Competence – Aboriginal Sydney. Offered as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), this program gives you the opportunity to engage with people in Australia and around the world on important Read More

Courtesy of Sydney Writers' Festival

First Things First

As part of the Sydney Writers Festival, come along and hear distinguished panellists Stan Grant, Bruce Pascoe, Sandra Phillips, and Megan Davis at the panel discussion First Things First, as they discuss the need for Australia to listen and respond Read More

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Gadi exhibition 2018

Come along to the Australian Museum to learn about Sydney’s Aboriginal language, how the land and its people got their names and discover more about an incredibly rich culture at the exhibition Gadi. Through a series of exhibitions, talks, workshops Read More

Esme Timbery Sydney Harbour Bridge 2002, Art Gallery of New South Wales © the artist

Art After Hours

This week, the Art Gallery of NSW is celebrating the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection on display. Join Wiradjuri artist Uncle Roy Kennedy to hear about how his artmaking practice has been informed by his memories of growing up Read More

Talking Deadly at the State Library of NSW

Talking Deadly with Jack Beetson: From Cuba to Closing the Gap

Join Professor Jack Beetson for Talking Deadly: Indigenous Voices at the Library as he discusses how the Literacy for Life Foundation’s innovative adult literacy campaign is defying the odds in Aboriginal communities and delivering real change. Where: Metcalfe Auditorium, Ground Floor, Read More

Image: Corroboree Ground at Yabun 2017. Photograph: Joseph Mayers

Indigenous cultural respect workshop

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural respect workshop is an interactive, experiential learning opportunity to enhance understanding of Indigenous cultures. The session explores the diversity of Indigenous communities and how their histories relates to health and well-being, employment and Read More

40,000 Years mural shortly after completion in 1983 (photograph courtesy Carol Ruff)

Restoration of the 40,000 Years mural

Thirty-five years after it was first created, the much-loved 40,000 Years mural, opposite Redfern Train Station, is being conserved. The Redfern Station Community Group (RSCG), in collaboration with the local community, have worked for five years to ensure the conservation Read More

Image: Corroboree Ground at Yabun 2017. Photograph: Joseph Mayers

Yabun 2018

The Yabun Festival is a free event that takes place on 26 January at Victoria Park from 10am to 7pm. Yabun is the largest one day gathering of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia. Yabun celebrates the survival Read More

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Culture Up Late: Ngalu Warrawi Marri (We Stand Strong)

Ngalu Warrawi Marri means ‘We stand strong’ in Gadigal. This event on Wednesday 24 January 2018, curated by First Nations staff, highlights and celebrates First Nations protest and resilience & interrogates the way Australia celebrates national identity. A provocation for Read More

Stan Grant, Sol Bellear, Matt Doyle and Paul Keating at the launch of the International Year of the World's Indigenous People, Redfern Park (City of Sydney Archives, photograph by John Paoloni, 	

Redfern Speech 25 years on

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Redfern Speech. On 10 December 1992, the launch of the International Year of the Word’s Indigenous People took place in Redfern Park. The most notable event of the day was the speech Read More

From Biranybirany, Miniyawany Yunupiŋu 1947-2008 ANMM Collection 00033802. Purchased with the assistance of Stephen Grant of the GrantPirrie Gallery. Reproduced courtesy of the artist and Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre.

Gapu–Monuk Saltwater – Journey to Sea Country

The exhibition Gapu-Monuk Saltwater – Journey to Sea Country, recognising Indigenous Sea Rights, will be an acknowledgement of the significant and stunning story of the Yolŋu people of northeast Arnhem Land and their fight for recognition of Indigenous Sea Rights Read More

Ones Country, image courtesy Bangarra


ONES COUNTRY – the spine of our stories is a brand-new triple bill, performed within the immersive, industrial surrounds of Carriageworks. These three diverse works bring together the choreographic talents of Bangarra dancers Elma Kris, Nicola Sabatino, Kaine Sultan-Babij, and Read More

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Whale Festival 2017

Celebrate the annual Gawura (Eora word for whale) migration season with a day of interpretive stories and dance inspired by a series of distinctive engravings, carved thousands of years ago into the landscape around Vaucluse House. The Gawura migration signifies Read More

Waterloo Library, home to the Koori Collection (image by Katherine Griffiths / City of Sydney)

Koori collection at City libraries

Bujari gamarruwa means ‘good day’ in the Gadigal language. The City acknowledges the Gadigal or the Eora Nation as the traditional custodians of this place we now call Sydney. Did you know the word Koori comes from the Awabakal language Read More

Christian Thompson, Purified by Fire, from the Lake Dolly series, 2017, image courtesy of the artist and Performance Space

Tree of Knowledge

Acclaimed Indigenous artist Christian Thompson brings song, spoken word, sculpture and video together in the performance Tree of Knowledge as part of the Liveworks Festival 2017. Dreams, memories and aspirations are transformed into surreal gestures. When: 19-22 October 2017 Where: Read More

Talking Deadly at the State Library of NSW

Talking Deadly with Jodi Edwards

Join PhD Candidate Jodi Edwards for Talking Deadly: Indigenous Voices at the State Library of NSW as she discusses her fascinating research on the continuity of culture in the Yuin and Dharawal Nations in the areas of Language, Performance, Possum Read More

Sand Song at Barangaroo (image courtesy Barangaroo Delivery Authority)

Sand Song at Barangaroo

Aimed at children 5-12 and their parents or carers, Sand Song tells the story of ‘Cheeky Brolga stealing Emu’s egg’, which is the Gammilleroi Dreaming story of the ‘First Sun’ – the first time the sun’s light shone on Australia. Read More

Redfern All Blacks Memorial team

NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout 2017

Teams from all over New South Wales will be competing in the annual NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout in Sydney from 29 September to 2 October 2017. This annual event has importance as a cultural vehicle and event for Aboriginal Read More

Cope ST Collective. Photography by Hayder Al Bdairi.

This is your black lIfe: Kodie Vs Colin

Have you ever been told you’re good looking for an Aboriginal? Have cab drivers driven straight past you? When you turn 40, do you qualify for elder status and free cups of tea? These are the hard-hitting questions Cope ST’s Read More

Photographer: Rhiannon Hopley. Artwork: Custody by Chico Monks (2016).

Blak Mirror at Sydney Contemporary 2017

107 and Blak Mirror Present, The Gilded Age. A collection of works by Contemporary Aboriginal artists reflecting on the underlying social and political nuances of today, gilded by a thin golden veneer. This multi disciplinary exhibition is complimented by a Read More

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Indigenous Voices: Who gave the words?

In this free illustrated talk as part of the Guringai Festival 2017, historian Keith Vincent Smith will look at Indigenous informants and cultural brokers from the Sydney area, including Bennelong, Patyegarang, Bungaree and Maroot the elder. Their legacy is a Read More

Travelling Bungaree, 2015, video still.

Living in Their Times

Living in Their Times is a free one-day event commemorating the 1967 Referendum and the legacy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activism that preceded and followed this landmark moment. Curated by Djon Mundine OAM and presented by UTS ART Read More

Black is the New White (image courtesy Sydney Theatre Company, 2017)

Black is the New White

Sydney Theatre Company and Allens present Black is the New White by Nakkiah Lui. Guess who’s coming to dinner? Charlotte Gibson is a lawyer on the up. She won a landmark Native Title case, she’s making her parents proud, she Read More

Activist Faith Bandler at Sydney Town Hall where people were voting on the referendum in 1967. (Image courtesay George Lipman / Fairfax Syndication)

Count Us Together – images of the 1967 referendum

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum when over 90% of Australians voted ‘yes’. This changed to constitution to remove a race clause that excluded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from the census. It also shifted Read More

Image by Coogee Care Centre, ‘Goorialla’ (Rainbow Serpent), 2017

Pauline McLeod Awards 2017

To celebrate 2017 National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June), the Pauline McLeod Awards come to Bondi Pavilion, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum and 25th anniversary of the Mabo decision. Presented and supported by the Eastern Read More

Laddie Timberry at the Black Markets (image courtesy First Hand Solutions)

Black Markets Welcome Festival

First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation is holding its annual Aboriginal cultural welcome ceremony for refuges and newly arrived Australians at its Blak Markets on Bare Island on Sunday 7 May. Individuals and families who are new to Australia are invited Read More


A History of Aboriginal Political Thought 2017

A History of Aboriginal Political Thought is a five week course taught by Paula Jane Byrne at WEA Sydney. The course concentrates on Aboriginal political perspectives since 1788. It deals with Aboriginal readings of the state and its role in people’s lives which at times Read More

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Talking Deadly: Firesticks

‘Fire’ is known by many terms in many languages. Firesticks uses the term ‘cultural fire’ to describe the myriad ways fire occurs in cultural practice and belief. Cultural fire has spirit and authority and must be respected. The cultural values Read More

Caption: Songs of the Songs of the Black Arm Band at City Recital Hall (Photograph by Sara Walker)

Songs of the Black Arm Band

For a decade, Black Arm Band has been sharing the music, songs and stories at the centre of Indigenous life, touching hearts and minds across the country and abroad. A collective of contemporary Aboriginal music pioneers and emerging greats who Read More

Songs of home, image courtesy Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Songs of Home

For both Anmatyerr women from central Australia and Kam (in Chinese, Dong 侗) women from south-western China, singing is associated with feelings and thoughts about home. The Sydney Conservatorium of Music presents Songs of Home: Anmatyerr and Kam singing traditions, a Read More

Vernon Ah Kee: not an animal or a plant, installation view at NAS Gallery, 2017: L to R: Lynching I  2015  charcoal and crayon on linen  300 x 200 cm; Authors of Devastation  2016 digital prints on custom-made surfboards 180 x 40 cm, courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane; Lex Wotton  2013  charcoal and acrylic on canvas  183 x 152 cm, Redlands Collection, Sydney (Photograph by Peter Morgan)

Not An Animal Or A Plant

In this solo exhibition at the NAS Gallery, conceptual artist Vernon Ah Kee presents a thought-provoking portrait of black and white political issues, attitudes and ideologies. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum in Australia, which amended the Read More

Home / On Country exhibition (Image courtesy of Hurstville Museum & Gallery)

Home / On Country

Home / On Country is  an exhibition of works by Sydney-based photographer Sarah Rhodes featuring Indigenous Elders wearing their language group’s possum skin cloak. The images celebrate the role of the possum skin cloak in strengthening cultural identity, connection to Read More

Image by Coogee Care Centre, ‘Goorialla’ (Rainbow Serpent), 2017

Call for Nominations – Pauline McLeod Award 2017

The Pauline McLeod Awards celebrate and give recognition to community members who are “silent achievers” who work diligently in promoting Reconciliation through selfless acts. Nominations can be made in the Youth Award category (12 – 24), or the Open category. Read More

Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival (image by Zan Wimberley)

Yellamundie Playwriting Festival 2017

A chance for audiences to catch new and distinctive voices in Australian theatre, Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival is the biennial showcase of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and international First Nations playwriting. Presented by Moogahlin Performing Arts and Read More

Yabun 2014 (image courtesy Gadigal Information Service)

Yabun 2017

Yabun Festival is the largest one day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia, held annually on 26th of January upon the traditional lands of the Gadigal people in Sydney. Established in 2001, Yabun (meaning ‘music to Read More

1967: Music in the Key of Yes (Image courtesy Sydney Festival, 2017)

1967: Music in the key of Yes

In May 1967, as civil rights movements worldwide were at their peak, the referendum to remove passages in the Australian constitution which discriminated against Aboriginal people passed with a ‘Yes’ vote of over 90%. As we near the 50th anniversary Read More

Which Way Home, Belvior St Theatre, 2017, photograph of Katie Beckett by Brett Boardman

Which Way Home

Tash and her Dad have hit the road – they’re going home to country, where the sky is higher and the world goes on forever. It’s a long way from the wide streets and big old houses of Tash’s childhood, Read More

Sydney Festival 2017 (photograph by Prudence Upton)

Sydney Festival 2017: Bayala

Bayala means ‘speak’ in local language. It’s a sharing and celebration of the Indigenous heritage of Sydney and the growing movement to reawaken local language. Working with local Eora and Darug community leaders and language experts, classes, talks, an installation Read More

Phillip Langley and David Gulpilil, image courtesy Carriageworks

Naya Wa Yugali – We Dance

NAISDA and Carriageworks present Naya Wa Yugali – We Dance Workshops run by Carole Johnson in the Sydney suburbs of Glebe and Redfern in 1976 led to the formation of the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre (AIDT) and a school for Aboriginal dance that Read More

Sydney Harbour Bridge by Esme Timbery, image courtesy Carriageworks

Black Arts Market at Carriageworks

Carriageworks present Black Arts Market Curated by Hetti Perkins and Jonathan Jones, the Black Arts Market will showcase the cultural heritage of South-Eastern Aboriginal Australia. The market place provides a unique opportunity to engage with artists and acquire new works. Read More

Wayne Nicol and Malcolm Cole, photograph by Lee Chittick, image courtesy Carriageworks

Circle of Cultures

NAISDA and Carriageworks present NAISDA Celebrates 40 Years: Circle of Cultures Celebrating NAISDA’s extraordinary contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary choreography and dance. This season reflects NAISDA’s history and makes a statement of intention for the future. When: Read More

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Spirit of things at Carriageworks

In this performance, Sprit of Things, Nardi Simpson, Kaleena Briggs, Lucy Simpson and Felix Cross create a work that breathes life into Indigenous cultural objects. When: 20-23 October 2016, 7.30pm & 29 October 2016, 2pm Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Read More

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WEA – A History of Aboriginal Political Thought

A History of Aboriginal Political Thought is a five week course taught by Paula Jane Byrne at WEA Sydney. The course concentrates on Aboriginal political perspectives since 1788. It deals with Aboriginal readings of the state and its role in people’s lives which at times Read More

Artworks by Lucy Simpson & Nicole Monks, Indigenous Design at the Australian Design Centre, 2016

Indigenous Design at ADC

Australian Design Centre is delighted to present an exhibition of work by Nicole Monks and Lucy Simpson, the two recipients of the Arts NSW Indigenous Design Mentorship 2016. The two designers have been working with Australian Design Centre and selected Read More

Artist Jonathan Jones with dancers from Bangarra - barrangal dyara (skin and bones)  (image courtesy Kaldor Art Projects)

barrangal dyara (skin and bones)

For the 32nd Kaldor Public Art Project Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones presents barrangal dyara (skin and bones), a vast sculptural installation stretching across 20,000 square-metres of the Royal Botanic Gardens. The project recalls the 19th century Garden Palace building where Read More

James Morrison’s collection of Indigenous wooden artefacts on display in the main street of Singleton, NSW in 1904 to celebrate the visit of State Governor Sir Harry Rawson (Reproduction rights Australian Museum)

2016 ArtsNSW History Fellowship

The 2016 ArtsNSW History Fellowship is offered by the State Government to a historian or a practitioner working with history to undertake a self-directed program of professional development. This program of professional development is to enable the acquisition or development of Read More

Christopher Pease, Balga Resin (2008) (detail), 217 x 303.5 cm, Artbank collection purchased 2008

Darkness on the Edge of Town

This August, Artbank collaborates with West Australian curator Clothilde Bullen on an exhibition at Artbank in Sydney: Darkness on the Edge of Town. Drawing largely from Artbank’s significant collection of Indigenous Australian art, Clothilde’s curatorial narrative explores themes of racism, Read More

Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival

Call for scripts – Yellamundie

Moogahlin Performing Arts is looking for 6 new scripts from across the continent to be developed as part of the next Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival in January 2017. Find out more and download the guidelines and application form Read More

Casino High School student Isaachar Fraser in science class (image courtesy Erin Rozgonyi)

Indigenous Science Experience @ Redfern

The Indigenous Science Experience @ Redfern is a celebration of Indigenous and Western science and Indigenous youth and Elder achievements.It will demonstrate the value of traditional and contemporary (customary) Indigenous knowledge in science and technology and the relevance of science Read More

Photograph by Geoff Best, courtesy Sydney Science Festival 2016

Indigenous Sciences – A Symposium

The Indigenous Sciences Symposium, part of the Sydney Science Festival 2016, brings together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics, theorists, researchers, designers, engineers, educators and students from across the community. It provides an important opportunity to shape future research and Read More

Ruins of the Garden Palace after the fire, 1882 (State Library of NSW, SPF / 273, Digital Order No. a089273)

Spot Fire 3: Loss and resilience

The final in a series of three symposia, Spot Fire 3: Loss and resilience is a Kaldor Public Art Projects and Australian Museum event, curated by Ross Gibson, Centenary Professor of Creative and Cultural Research, University of Canberra, and Jonathan Read More

Image courtesy Redfern Community Centre.

Aboriginal Astronomy – Star Mapping in the City

As part of the Festival of Urbanism, join Muruwari man Willy Stevens as we look to the stars to learn from Indigenous knowledge systems that understand, explain and predict nature.This is a free public talk, refreshments are provided. Register online Read More

Jasanne Powell, photographer Bindi Cole, image courtesy Carriageworks

Winyanboga Yurringa

Carriageworks and Moogahlin Performing Arts present Winyanboga Yurringa. Inspired by the iconic Women of the Sun, this new work, written and directed by Andrea James, draws from the life stories of Aboriginal women and their connection to country. When: 3-6 Read More

Photograph by Michelle Grace Hunder, image courtesy Carriageworks

Klub Koori at Carriageworks

To celebrate NAIDOC Week, a line-up of Hip Hop artists including Sydney-based Nooky continue the Klub Koori tradition at Carriageworks. Klub Koori is presented by Carriageworks and Koori Radio 93.7FM. When: 7 July 2016 Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh NSW Read More

This is where they travelled: Historical Aboriginal Lives in Sydney

This is where they travelled

An exhibition and walking tour called This is Where They Travelled: Historical Aboriginal Lives in Sydney will be held during NAIDOC Week 2016. This project was put together by historian Paul Irish and a team of researchers from the La Perouse Aboriginal Read More

Jannawi Dance Clan performing at NAIDOC 2015 (image courtesy City of Sydney)

NAIDOC in the City 2016

NAIDOC Week recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. What started as a day of mourning in 1940 is now a full week of events that acknowledge the contributions of Australia’s First Peoples. This year’s theme is Read More

Photograph titled 'Our Next Generation' by Jake Trindorfer

Our Communities

Twenty budding artists with incredible personal stories have come together to form Our Communities – the MAX Employment Indigenous Art Exhibition. The exhibition at NSW Parliament House from 15 June to 21 July 2016 howcases the 20 finalists of the 2016 Read More

Burning of the Garden Palace, Sydney 1882, Gibbs, Shallard and Company, detail (National Library of Australia,

Spot Fire 2: Spectacle, manifestation, performance

The second of three symposia, Spot Fire 2: Spectacle, manifestation, performance is a Kaldor Public Art Projects and Art Gallery of NSW event, curated by Ross Gibson, Centenary Professor of Creative and Cultural Research, University of Canberra, and Jonathan Jones, in Read More

Moree women (Mehi Crescent Mission, Moree,
from left: Ms Jenkins, Ruth Roberts, Mary
Stanley, Maude Wright, Jessie Fernando, Dotti
Sampson), 1990, by Michael Riley (State Library of NSW)

A Common Place

A Common Place: Portraits of Moree Murries 1990 displays 14 dramatic portraits of Moree Murries taken by Michael Riley, one of Australia’s leading Indigenous contemporary artists. In 1990, returning to his home town in country NSW, Michael established an outdoor Read More

Yolanda Lowatta performing in Bangarra's OUR land people stories, 2016 (Photograph by Edward Mulvihill)

OUR land people stories

In 2016, Bangarra brings you a remarkable triple bill. OUR land people stories is a new contemporary dance work showcasing the endless choreographic talents of the company and the infinite stories of Australia’s cultural heritage. Artistic Director Stephen Page tells Read More

Parramatta River photographed by Charles Bayliss, c1880s (National Library of Australia, nla.obj-140564529)

First Footprints along the Parramatta River

Within the context of the rapid high-rise development of Parramatta over the last few decades, the archaeological understanding of Sydney’s past is being rewritten. An ancient Aboriginal landscape was rediscovered in the deep sands alongside the Parramatta River. The early Read More

Survey forms and correspondence received by the Royal Anthropological Society of Australasia regarding Aboriginal place names, 1899-1903 (State Library of NSW, MLMSS 7603 / Box 4 / Folder 1)

Launch of Weemala

The State Library of NSW has launched an exciting new interactive experiment that uses 100 year-old survey data to map the location and meaning of Indigenous Australian place names across the country. The project called Weemala, which means ‘a big Read More

Garden Palace, photographed by Charles Bayliss in 1879 (State Library of NSW, 
Call Number: SPF / 267, Digital ID: a089267)

Spotfire Symposium Landscape and Language

The Spotfire Symposium Landscape and Language is the first of three Spotfire Symposia anticipating barrangal dyara (skin and bones), the major new Kaldor Public Art Project by Jonathan Jones, which will transform Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens from 17 September to Read More

Vic Simons  & John Kinsela. (photographs by Belinda Mason)

Serving Country

The Serving Country photographic exhibition by Belinda Mason will be displayed from Monday 25 April to Saturday 18 June 2016 at Redfern Community Centre. The Serving Country portrait collection serves to honour and recognise the many generations of Aboriginal and Read More

Toy-making workshop (photograph by Ronnie Jordan)

Aboriginal toy-making workshop

During the April school holidays, why not visit the Australian Museum and take part in an Aboriginal toy-making workshop. Join Central Queensland Kalkadoon woman Ronnie Jordan to create your own Kalkadoon-inspired animal or doll. Immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture and knowledge Read More

Aboriginal Heritage Tour at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney (image courtesy Royal Botanic Gardens)

Youth Week 2016 Aboriginal heritage tour

Find out more about the Royal Botanic Gardens’ rich Aboriginal history during Youth Week 2016. Our experienced guide will take you on a journey of traditional music, dance, artefacts and bush food. This tour is part of Youth Week in Read More

Smoking ceremony at the Blak Markets (photograph by @whatkatedidnext, courtesy Blak Markets)

Blak Markets

First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation is holding a special Aboriginal cultural welcome ceremony for newly arrived Australians at its Blak Markets on Sunday 3 April 2016. Individuals and families who are new to Australia are invited to join in a Read More

Lord Mayor Clover Moore, with Deputy Mayor Irene Doutney, Uncle Chicka Madden, Uncle Max Eulo, Nathan Moran and local school children (image courtesy City of Sydney)

Acknowledging Gadigal Country

The City acknowledges the Gadigal of the Eora Nation as the traditional custodians of this place we now call Sydney. In 1788, the British established a convict outpost on the shores of Sydney Harbour. This had far reaching and devastating Read More

Photo of Romaine Moreton by Amanda James (image courtesy Campbelltown Arts Centre)

One Billion Beats

One Billion Beats is a new theatre work presented at Campbelltown Arts Centre that draws together Australian cinematic history with poetry and original score. Conceived and performed by Goenpul Jagara/ Bundjulung poet and filmmaker Romaine Moreton, One Billion Beats, examines the historical Read More

Tommy McRae Spearing the kangaroo c1880s-c1890s (Art Gallery of NSW collection, purchased 2004)

Murruwaygu exhibition talks

The Art Gallery of NSW‘s celebration of Koori culture continues. In the Murruwaygu exhibition you can listen to artist Roy Kennedy then learn about shield carving. Later, enjoy the sweet melodies of Charlie Trindall in the cafe Exhibition talk – Read More

Corroboree on the Murray River, 1858 (Illustration by Gerard Krefft, courtesy State Library of NSW, Digital Order No a128454h)

Aboriginal History Prize 2016

The inaugural History Council of NSW’s Aboriginal History Prize will be awarded in 2016. Its purpose is the encourage students and other beginning historians (up to post-doctoral career) in the writing of Australian Aboriginal history from original sources. Indigenous Australians Read More

Image courtesy Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Deadly Funny 2016

Cheeky and loud, black and proud, Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s national comedy competition, Deadly Funny, unearths the freshest, fiercest and funniest Indigenous talent from around the country. A trip to Melbourne and $2000 is up for grabs! Deadly Funny is always Read More

Corroboree Ground at Yabun Festival 2015 (image courtesy Michelle Lake Photography)

Yabun 2016

The Yabun Festival is an all-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in the heart of Sydney. The renowned annual gathering at Victoria Park in Glebe on Australia Day showcases the finest music, art, dance, performance and food Read More

Tommy McRae Spearing the kangaroo c1880s-c1890s (Art Gallery of NSW collection, purchased 2004)

Murruwaygu at AGNSW

Murruwaygu: following in the footsteps of our ancestors is an exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW that celebrates the Aboriginal culture of south-east Australia by exploring one particular strand of Koori art practice – the use of line by Read More

Evidence: Brook Andrew at Powerhouse Museum (Image courtesy MAAS)

Evidence: Brook Andrew

Evidence: Brook Andrew is an immersive installation that draws on the rich and varied Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences collection to explore the theme of evidence. Brook Andrew is internationally recognised for his interdisciplinary practice that often interrogates knowledge Read More

Trevor Dodds, presenter of Koori Radio 93.7FM (photograph courtesy Gadigal Information Service Archive)

Gadigal launches 99 stories

Gadigal Information Service has launched an audio archive project titled ‘99 Stories’ that will engage with Sydney’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to record and document 99 stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience. Developed by Gadigal in Read More

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa (b. c1943 Kintore, NT), Bushfire, 2003, Private Collection (Image courtesy S H Irvin Gallery)

Country and Western at S H Ervin Gallery

Country & Western: landscape re-imagined is one of the most comprehensive and inclusive landscape exhibitions of recent times. With over 50 works by the nation’s leading artists including Paddy Bedford, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnston, Emily Kngwarreye, Euan Macleod, Tracey Moffatt, Read More

Homeground opening ceremony in 2013 (image courtesy Homeground / Sydney Opera House)

Homeground 2015

Homeground 2015 celebrates the very best Indigenous artists from Australia and around the world. Join us to share First Nations music, dance and culture over two fantastic, family friendly days. There will be music and dance stages – highlights include Oka, Archie Roach, Read More

Leanne Tobin, It Starts Here Now, 2015, performance documentation, Blacktown Native Institution Artist Camp #2 (image courtesy and © the artist)

Blacktown Native Institution Corroboree

Come and participate in free family activities including storytelling, children’s workshops and live music at the Blacktown Native Institution Corroboree. Feast with us on traditional food and BBQ. See new site-responsive artworks by artists Darren Bell, Karla Dickens, Steven Russell, Read More

Ochres, Bangarra

Bangarra Dance Theatre: Ochres

First performed in 1995, Bangarra Dance Theatre‘s Ochres returns to the stage this year for its 21st anniversary. Ochres became the watershed production for the company as it led to sell out shows around Australia and introduced Bangarra to the Read More

Image credit: Warawi by Kerry Kerley, courtesy 107 Projects, YARN & Sixty Thousand

107 Presents: Culture and Conversation

When was the last time you had a yarn around a fire under the stars in Redfern? YARN & Sixty Thousand are curating two nights of music, art, poetry and stories by local elders, to bring people together in a Read More

Photograph by Renee Nowytarger, courtesy Australian Museum

Thithuyil: Navigating with the Rhythm of the Stars

Brian Robinson is a multi-skilled contemporary artist, whose practice includes painting, printmaking, sculpture and design. The graphic style in his practice combines his Torres Strait Islander heritage with a strong passion for experimentation, both in theoretical approach and medium, as Read More

Image courtesy Mental Health Month

Deadly Minds: Mental Health Month

During Mental Health month, Youthblock and Redfern Community Centre will host Deadly Minds on Saturday 10 October from 12pm – 3pm. There will be a range of activities and information on the day to raise awareness and promote good mental Read More

Jonathan Jones, Untitled (Car Parks) (Image courtesy & © Eva Fernandez and Jonathan Jones)

Jonathan Jones at Carriageworks

A member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of south-east Australia, Jonathan Jones employs an array of materials and techniques in his work to explore Indigenous cultural forms and their continuity and manifestation through history into the present moment. Jones’ Read More