NAIDOC Week 2023 events

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Published 20 May 2023

There are a range of events taking place across the local area in the lead up to NAIDOC Week (2-9 July) and the Indigenous Voice to Parliament Referendum.

Read about the steps Woollahra Council is taking towards reconciliation in our Reconciliation Action Plan.

NAIDOC Week: Contemporary Dance Workshop

Monday 3 July, 2:00pm-3:00pm, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf

In this workshop run in partnership with Creative Caring, you will learn about indigenous culture through movement and discover some age-old language and meaning of Aboriginal culture.

Note: You may take this class either seated or standing, according to your own comfort.

Cost: $10, light refreshments included, bookings essential online.

Heart In Art exhibition at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf

28 June– 23 July, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf, open Wed–Sun, Free Admission

The Heart in Art exhibition is a collaboration between Woollahra Council and First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation to coincide with the National Indigenous Art Fair and NAIDOC Week. The exhibition showcases First Nations artists working in some of the most remote art centres in Australia and provides Sydney-siders with the opportunity to experience the breadth and depth of their practices.

Read more.

Weaving Workshop (8-14 yrs)

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 10:30am-11:30am, Woollahra Library at Double Bay

Learn about traditional materials and methods of indigenous Australian weaving through the team at Koori Kinnections in this NAIDOC Week workshop!

Cost: $5, bookings essential online.

Community Open Day, Celebrating First Nations

Saturday 8 July, 1pm–4pm, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf

You are warmly invited to join our open day located in the beautiful Blackburn Gardens, Cultural Hub and Gallery to celebrate First Nations Culture. Join us for the Welcome to Country, enjoy cultural tastings and games, cultural dance workshops, guided tour of Heart in the Art exhibition showcases First Nations artists and much much more!

Where: Blackburn Gardens, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf and Cultural Hub

When: Saturday 8 July

Schedule: 1pm - 4pm

  • 1pm - 2 pm Cultural tasting and Indigenous games (bring a picnic rug and enjoy the day)
  • 2pm - 2.15pm Welcome to Country and Mayoral address
  • 2.15pm - 3.15pm Gujaga Dance Workshops
  • 3.15pm - 4pm Heart in Art Exhibition Tour

Free, bookings essential - book here.

Ursula, looking upwards with hands gesturing towards the sky
Ursula Yovich

Musical performance with Ursula Yovich

Wednesday 12 July, 6pm–8pm, Woollahra Library at Double Bay

Award winning writer, singer and actress Ursula Yovich will perform some of her favourite pieces and have a conversation with the audience about life, growing up in NT and her cultural connections with her Elders.

Free event, bookings essential.

Barangga - First Nations Design

12 June-30 July, 12:00pm-5:00pm, UNSW Galleries, Cnr of Oxford St and Greens Rd, Paddington

'Barangga' is a Dharawal word meaning 'large vessel' or 'island'. It speaks to the significance of design and making in First Nations practices, while embodying the notion of bringing people together and holding space for community.

The exhibition and accompanying program of workshops celebrates design and making practices as a vital form of cultural knowledge in First Nations Communities across Australia.

Free event. Read more.

Woollahra Council resolves to support a Voice to Parliament

Woollahra Council is committed to reconciliation and building greater understanding and respect among all people who live, work in and visit Woollahra. As part of this commitment, on 27 March, Council resolved to support the Voice to Parliament (the Yes Vote) and the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Find out more.

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