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Aboriginal cultural talks: Sky, Country and Culture

Join this free series of talks with Gadigal custodian, Elder and cultural educator Uncle Jimmy Smith. A different topic is presented each week on rotation and is a great opportunity to reconnect to nature though knowledge exchange. The weekly topics Read More

The Country Cries for Truth: Dr. Bronwyn Bancroft

A new exhibition, The Country Cries for Truth, explores the work of Bundjalung artist, Dr Bronwyn Bancroft, produced in 2021-22 as part of the inaugural NSW First Nations Creative Fellowship at the State Library of NSW.

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National Reconciliation Week 2024

This National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June 2024) reminds us that, no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will – and must – continue.

National Reconciliation Week 2024 poster featuring the campaign mark titled ‘Now More Than Ever'

Redfern Community Centre Hosts Aunty Brenda Matthews

Join the Redfern Community Centre for a poignant event during National Reconciliation Week (#NRW2024), featuring the remarkable Aunty Brenda Matthews. As a member of the Stolen Generation, Aunty Brenda's journey unveils resilience and hope amidst adversity.

100 years of organised Aboriginal activism

Hear about the origins of Aboriginal activism at a Centenary Forum for the Australian Aboriginal Progressive Association 1924–2024 at the State Library of NSW this Friday, 12 April 2024.

Exhibition: Ngaya (I am)

The Museum of Sydney presents Ngaya (I am), an exhibition featuring 30 significant Aboriginal objects removed from Country around 200 years ago. ‘A cut-and-paste, punked-up look at my Country’ is how Peter Waples-Crowe describes his five-minute video installation Ngaya (I Read More

Exhibition: Cast in cast out

The Museum of Sydney presents Cast in cast out, is inspired by Sydney-based Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay artist Dennis Golding’s experiences and childhood memories of growing up in ‘The Block’, an Aboriginal community in the inner Sydney suburb of Redfern. The artwork ‘recasts’ Read More

Restoration of Truth at NSW Parliament House

Last few days to catch Restoration of Truth, an exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Reconciliation Wall at NSW Parliament House featuring artists from the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative. Established in 1987, Boomalli has a membership of over 60 Read More

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Blak Powerhouse 2024

Once again, Indigenous social enterprise We Are Warriors will take over Powerhouse Ultimo to turn a day of sorrow into one of power and positivity.

Yabun 2024

Australia’s largest one-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, the Yabun Festival is set to return on 26 January, taking place at Victoria Park on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people.

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Sydney Festival 2024: Blak Out

Sydney Festival’s ‘Blak Out‘ brings together some of Australia’s most talented First Nations artists to share their incredible stories. Curated by Sydney Festival’s Creative Artist in Residence Jacob Nash, will present three World Premieres alongside a packed wider program of powerful First Nations work.

Traditional weaving workshops

Learn traditional weaving techniques to make a basket. The workshop will be held over 2 days on consecutive weekends (19 and 26 August, 1pm to 4pm). You’ll need to attend both days. All materials will be provided and you’ll go Read More

Rise! Voices and Hands!

Rise! Voices and Hands! is a public artwork activation that honours, shares and celebrates the languages, cultures and voices of First Nations poets. To herald the beginning of Poetry Month find 10 poems connecting people and place, including work from Read More

Reconciliation Week at Redfern Community Centre

Everyone is welcome to join us for lunch and a film screening to acknowledge National Reconciliation Week at Redfern Community Centre. After a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, you’ll be invited to plant a hand as part of ANTaR’s Sea of Read More

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities training 2023

Improve your knowledge and skills in building organisational capability and financial sustainability of your organisation. City of Sydney is offering free training and development opportunities for staff, volunteers and committee/board members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations that operate Read More

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First Nations Speaker Series – May 2023

GML Heritage, Museums of History NSW and the Research Centre for Deep History at the Australian National University present the First Nations Speaker Series with guest speaker Emeritus Professor John Maynard on ‘Fight for Liberty and Freedom’ on 11 May 2023 This talk Read More

BLACKBOOKS relaunched

The team at BLACKBOOKS (a division of Tranby Aboriginal Co-operative Limited est. 1957) is proud to celebrate and share their first steps into the online e-commerce space with two publications now available direct through and as eBooks across all Read More

Aboriginal cultures and ecology walk

Discover local bush food and their uses on this guided walk through Orphan School Creek with Charlene (Charlie) Aguiar Dos Santos, Koori Kinnections education officer.  What you’ll learn about: The long history of Aboriginal cultural connection to the landscape The plants and animals that live in our area What you’ll get: Guided walk around Read More

Aboriginal art workshop

This cultural awareness workshop is led by artist Aunty Judith Jarret, a proud Koori woman from the Gumbaynggirr nation. Aunt Jude will share her culture, her language, and the history of Aboriginal Art while creating your own Indigenous art inspired Read More

Yabun 2023

Yabun Festival is the largest one day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in Australia. It takes place on 26 January on Gadigal land. Established by Gadigal Information Service Aboriginal Corporation in 2003, Yabun (meaning ‘music to a Read More

SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Market 2022

Carriageworks will present a free live program of events throughout the SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Market held from 19-20 Nov. Discover traditional weaving with Burramattagal and Dharug artists and community members and join leading curators and practitioners from the south-east to Read More

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Party Protest Remember 2022

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Black Theatre and the establishment of the Tent Embassy. In 1972 a group of dedicated Aboriginal activists came together on the streets of Redfern to create change. They created Read More

Exhibition Koori Knockout: 50 years

Over 30,000 spectators. Countless sporting heroes. One tournament. Take a front row seat in this major celebration of First Nations sporting excellence. In 2022, more than 30,000 players and spectators are expected to arrive on the NSW South Coast for Read More

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workshops

The Connect Sydney program offers free skills and capacity building opportunities for community, not-for-profit, charitable and other social purpose organisations (including social enterprises and co-operatives) that operate in or service the City of Sydney’s local area. It is partly funded by the Department Read More

Community consultation: 119 Redfern Street

Have your say on a local Aboriginal knowledge and culture centre in Redfern. The City of Sydney purchased 119 Redfern Street to establish a local Aboriginal knowledge and culture centre in Redfern. The building has 2 levels with a range Read More

Aboriginal cultures and ecology walk 2022

Discover local bush food and their uses on this free guided walk through Sydney Park with Charlene (Charlie) Aguiar Dos Santos, education officer from Koori Kinnections. What you’ll learn about: The long history of Aboriginal cultural connection to the landscape Read More

Out of the Vaults 2022

This online special in the State Library of NSW’s ‘Out of the Vaults’ series is presented by First Nations collections specialists Melissa Jackson and Kerry-Ann Tape. Showing records and memorabilia in the Library’s collection, Melissa and Kerry-Ann will share stories Read More

‘Ancient Tracks’ artwork leads the way

A striking green artwork that pays homage to traditional Indigenous navigation and land management practices sits above one of Sydney’s busiest city intersections. Designed by 25-year-old Kungarakan graphic designer Toby Bishop, ‘Ancient Tracks’ is printed on fabric and wrapped around Read More

AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market 2021

Join AIATSIS online for this year’s Indigenous Art Market and support the ethical purchase of authentic Australian Indigenous art from Indigenous artists and art centres from around the country. AIATSIS is working with the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation on Read More

SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Market 2021

SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Market returns to Carriageworks as an online market for four days from 25-28 Nov 2021. Curated by Hetti Perkins (Arrernte and Kalkadoon) and Jonathan Jones (Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi) SOUTHEAST celebrates the rich cultural inheritance and contemporary artistic Read More

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Connecting with Country: First Nations Speaker Series

First Nations peoples have been caring for Country for more than 65,000 years, long before European intervention. How can we learn from this knowledge and experience by collaborating in our approach to planning, building and designing on Country? In this Read More

First Nations Collectors

In this event on First Nations Collectors, presented by the State Library of NSW,  Melissa Jackson will look at the importance of collecting materials that document and celebrate the lives of First Nations peoples in Australia. Melissa will talk about some Read More


Yananurala is the new name for a walk that will share Aboriginal perspectives of place through artworks and installations along the Sydney Harbour foreshore. The 9km curated walk along Sydney Harbour will soon take visitors on a unique journey on Read More

Indigenous Science Experience at Redfern

What can Aboriginal astronomy tell us about the night sky? How is our native flora used in bush medicine? How do Indigenous Australians make axes from stone? What can we learn about sustainable living from 60 000+ years of Indigenous Read More

NAIDOC in the City 2021 Livestream

NAIDOC in the City 2021 is proudly presented by First Nations people in partnership with the City of Sydney. Public health restrictions and stay at home orders have changed the way we celebrate NAIDOC Week in 2021. The City is Read More

UNSETTLED exhibition at the Australian Museum 2021

This land was not peacefully settled. The exhibition Unsettled at the Australian Museum uncovers the untold histories behind this nation’s foundation story. In this powerful exhibition, First Nations voices reveal the hidden stories of devastation, survival and the fight for Read More

First Nations Wikipedia edit-a-thon 2021

Everyone is welcome to join our Wikipedia edit-a-thon at Redfern Community Centre. It will be led by Kirsten Thorpe, Nathan “Mudyi” Sentance, and experienced Wikipedia editors Toby Hudson and Caddie Brain. Kirsten’s professional and research interests relate to Indigenous self-determination in Read More

Reconciliation Week 2021

National Reconciliation Week runs from Thursday 27 May until 3 June 2021. This year the theme is ‘More than a Word. Reconciliation takes Action.’ Read more about Reconciliation Week here: Featured events in the City of Sydney LGA: Kinchela Read More

Indigenous Voices in Documentary

A journalist returns to his hometown to revive the memory of the civil rights movement. Two mathematicians reveal the nuanced and advanced mathematics that underpin kinship systems. And a filmmaker puts our justice system on trial. Documentary Australia Foundation is Read More

Yabun 2021: Join the livestream!

Yabun Festival is the largest one day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in Australia. It takes place on 26 January. Due to COVID-19 and related crowd restrictions Yabun will be a closed event in 2021, with the Read More

SouthEast Aboriginal Arts Market 2020

Curated by Hetti Perkins and Jonathan Jones, the SouthEast Aboriginal Arts Market will be held exclusively as an online market from 26 to 29 November 2020. Presented by Carriageworks. The market features 26 independent artists with over 250 artworks for Read More

NAIDOC in the city 2020 online

This year NAIDOC Week will be online. The 2020 theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ recognises that First Nations peoples have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. The annual NAIDOC in the city event will be Read More

Stargazing at the AGNSW

Astrophysicist Kirsten Banks joins journalist Jan Fran to explore the constellations present in our night sky and in the art featured in the Under the Stars exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. Looking at the cosmos from both an Indigenous Read More

Eight Days in Kamay

In April 1770, strangers onboard the Endeavour appeared off the shores of Kamay (Botany Bay). This new exhibition at the State Library of NSW explores the eight days that followed and their continuing legacy. Coinciding with the 250th anniversary of Read More

Finding your ancestors: Research Family History in NSW

Finding Your Ancestors is a new project designed to encourage and help members of the Aboriginal community to take the first steps into researching family history. Most Aboriginal people are already historians. They hold knowledge of family ancestry, culture and Read More

WARAMI Festival 2020

Celebrate Indigenous culture online with City of Parramatta’s vibrant online WARAMI festival until 5 July 2020. Enjoy fun, educational and interactive online activities, from a virtual welcome and smoking ceremony, to language, arts and culture sessions. There are plenty of Read More

Talking Deadly with Travis De Vries

This year marks the 250th anniversary of Cook’s arrival in Kamay (Botany Bay). Many Australians today can recite the story of this historic event, but our perspectives on the figure at the centre of it differ greatly. For this special Talking Deadly series hosted fortnightly by Travis De Vries, and presented by Read More

City of Sydney grants in response to Covid-19

The City of Sydney has launched 5 new grants to support businesses, artists and not-for-profits affected by Covid-19. The grants have been designed to complement State and Federal funding. The grants will help individuals and groups reimagine their operations to Read More

First Nations Wikipedia edit-a-thon 2020

On Saturday 21 March 2020, City of Sydney Library is hosting a First Nations Wikipedia editathon at Redfern Community Centre Lawn Library to increase and improve content relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It will be led by Read More

Yabun 2020

Resist invasion, celebrate survival and continue culture at the Yabun Festival on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people at Victoria Park on Sunday 26 January 2020. Yabun is a free event that features live music, bustling market stalls, panel Read More

Living Language: Country, Culture, Community

Marking the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages, the exhibition Living Language: Country, Culture, Community at the State Library of NSW builds on the Library’s historical collections with stories of resilience and achievement from communities throughout NSW. The exhibition celebrates Read More

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Knowledge Ground 2019

Knowledge Ground: 30 years of sixty five thousand is a free immersive installation experience celebrating the 30th anniversary of Bangarra Dance Theatre. Navigate a series of thematic worlds, created using unique elements from Bangarra’s productions – including set, costumes, artefacts, AV Read More

SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Market 2019

Curated by Hetti Perkins and Jonathan Jones, the SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Market brings together artists and collectives from regional and coastal New South Wales, ACT, southern Victoria, the Murray basin catchment and Tasmania to showcase the cultural heritage of South-East Read More

Harbour Cruise: Aboriginal Perspectives of Sydney

This cruise takes visitors to Clark Island (Be-lang-le-wool), where you’ll learn about traditional fishing methods, food gathering techniques and enjoy a vibrant Aboriginal cultural performance. During the cruise, the Mari Nawi’s Aboriginal crew will share fascinating stories of Sydney Harbour’s Read More

NAIDOC in the City 2019

NAIDOC in the City is a free celebration of the world’s longest living cultures through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander food, song, art, dance and stories. You can taste treats from the earth oven, join in a dance circle, visit Read More

National Indigenous Art Fair 2019

The National Indigenous Art Fair is set to get toes tapping and tastebuds tingling with a vibrant two-day program of food, music, dance and demonstrations celebrating Indigenous culture in the heart of Sydney on 29 and 30 June 2019. The ethical Read More

Blak Markets for Mother’s Day 2019

There will be plenty in store for Mother’s Day celebrations at the Blak Markets at Bare Island La Perouse Sunday, 12 May 2019 from 9.30am to 3pm. There will be Arts and Craft workshops for mothers to enjoy while their Read More

Aboriginal Paddington

Aboriginal people have watched the ancient landscape of Sydney and Paddington evolve over thousands of years and generations. The rich archaeological and historical record of the harbour allows us to recreate something of how Aboriginal people used Kogerah – as Read More

Yerr Wetimbi yi Yerr Marrgu / Old Way & New Way

The foundation for the exhibition Yerr Wetimbi yi Yerr Marrgu / Old Way & New Way is deceptively simple: linguist and artist / weaver Patricia Marfurra has made a huge and magical woven fishnet which Kieren Karritpul translates into delicate Read More

Talking Deadly: Who drives the conversation?

Join Nathan “Mudyi” Sentance for his Talking Deadly talk ‘Who Drives the Conversation?’ on blogging as a form of resistance and as a method to examine and discuss the role of memory institutions in the destruction, exclusion and misremembering of Read More

Indigenous Design Synergies at UTS 2019

UTS School of Design is hosting Indigenous Design Synergies, a program beginning with a series of ‘brownbag’ lunch talks with Indigenous scholars, designers, creatives, activists, allies and accomplices. Design language & International Year of Indigenous Languages: Nancy Yukuwal McDinny / Read More


kanalaritja: An Unbroken String is a touring exhibition and series of workshops at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre, that celebrates the Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural practice of shell-stringing, and the generations of makers who have sustained the tradition. Touring throughout Read More

Uluru Statement from the Heart 2019

Emanuel Synagogue will present a special event as part of its In Conversation series, featuring Thomas Mayor, delegate to the Uluru Statement process. Thomas has been travelling throughout Australia with the Uluru Statement advocating for its call for the “establishment Read More

Yabun 2019

Yabun means ‘music to a beat’ in the Sydney Aboriginal language. Now in its 18th year, the Yabun Festival is organised by Gadigal Information Service and has grown to become the biggest one-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Read More

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Eora Centre Community Day 2019

Come along to the Eora Centre Community Day on Wednesday 23rd January 2019, from 10am to 2pm. Live music, free BBQ, art workshops, course Information and college tours. When: Wednesday 23rd January 2019 10am-2pm Where: TAFE NSW Eora Centre, 333 Read More

Dubboo – life of a songman

David Page was the musical heartbeat of Bangarra Dance Theatre. In 27 original scores for the company, he reinvented the art of the soundtrack to encompass traditional language, song and instruments with the sounds of electronica, hip-hop, classical and the natural Read More

Talking Deadly with Hayden Walsh

In this talk centered around Indigenous culture and youth engagement, Hayden Walsh will explore the gaps missing in the museum and education space and what cultural institutions are capable of when they think outside the box. When: Wednesday, 28 November Read More

NAISDA: Storyplace

NAISDA Dance College presents the next generation of Indigenous dancers and choreographers at Carriageworks in the production StoryPlace. Directed by Frances Rings and featuring new works by former Bangarra senior dancer Deborah Brown, leading Māori choreographer, dancer and video artist Louise Read More

Sydney Elders

Sydney Elders: Continuing Aboriginal Stories is a free exhibition until 13 October 2019. The State Library of NSW is excited to present this new project by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, who has collaborated with four Sydney elders — Uncle Chicka, Read More

gawura guruwin at Sculpture by the Sea 2018

107 Projects presents gawura guruwin, a collaboration between Artist Nicole Monks and Uncle Charles Madden, Gadigal Elder and Artist; Krissy Townsend and Teresa Gay. gawura guruwin celebrates the continuous connection of First Nations people to this land and its oceans. Read More

South East Aboriginal Arts Market 2018

Curated by Hetti Perkins and Jonathan Jones, the South East | Aboriginal Arts Market will showcase the cultural heritage of South-Eastern Aboriginal Australia. Featuring 27 stalls, the line-up is a mix of established and emerging creative collectives and independent artists, employing Read More

Guided Aboriginal cultural tour

Discover local bush food and their uses on this guided walk. Facilitator Careesa Kelly is a proud Gumbaynggiirr woman, living in the Illawarra. Caressa has a passion for educating the wider community about Aboriginal cultures and heritage, in particular sharing Read More

Boomalli Posters at State Library of NSW

The Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative was established in 1987 by a group of 10 urban Aboriginal artists in Sydney. After more than 30 years the cooperative continues to support contemporary Indigenous artists from throughout NSW, offering a gallery and venue Read More

Indigenous Science Experience

Come along to this interactive science event, held as part of the Sydney Science Festival and during National Science Week. Indigenous Science Experience is a celebration of Aboriginal and Western science, which highlights the relevance of science, technology, engineering and maths Read More

Site of Passage

Make time to come along to Customs House for Site of Passage, an exhibition that explores the journeys and experiences that make us who we are. This exhibition features the work of nine artists who have taken a personal voyage, Read More

NAIDOC Aboriginal Weaving Classes

Continue the NAIDOC Week celebrations by heading along to an Aboriginal weaving class at Centennial Park. Held on Saturdays over July, the classes give participants the chance to learn the crafts of weaving and basket making, which have been passed down from generation Read More

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. When: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 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

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

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