Gai-mariagal Festival

Date : 26 May 2024  to 9 July 2024

Address : Ku-ring-gai, NSW, Australia

Suburb : Ku-ring-gai

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Celebrate Ku-ring-gai’s indigenous culture at Gai-mariagal Festival between 26 May and 9 July with music and art, children’s stories and guided walks.

The Festival was founded in 2001 and aims to raise awareness of First Nations people living in the northern Sydney region.

It starts in northern Sydney on Sorry Day Friday 26 May and concludes at the end of NAIDOC Week on 9 July. Events include workshops, performances, talks and more.

Events include:

  • Friday 7 June @ Ku-ring-gai Art Centre, Roseville –  Dot painting workshop with indigenous artist Jude Jarrett.
  • Saturday 8 June @ Wildflower Gardens, St Ives – A guided bushwalk with Karen Smith from the Aboriginal Heritage Office discussing the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden’s indigenous heritage.
  • Monday 17 June – The Mudgee-based Indigiearth catering company will present a bushfoods and botanicals tasting experience with owner and Ngemba Weilwan woman Sharon Winsor.
  • Saturday 22 June @ St Ives Youth Hub – Gai-mariagal Festival leaders Aunty Susan & Aunty Caroline will host a fun art and craft session for young people aged 12-18, along with free pizza.
  • Monday 24 June, 3pm @ St Ives Showground – The Bhoomi Experience, ollaboration between First Nations & South Asian artists. The sounds of the Indian stringed instrument called the veena will be intertwined with stories from Sri Lanka, Wiradjuri ways and Aboriginal dance. 

Mayor Jeff Pettett said the Festival was a great way for residents to discover Ku-ring-gai’s indigenous heritage. “We’re really pleased to be offering a wide range of events that will appeal to everyone.” 

Festival creator and co-chair Susan Moylan-Coombes said the event was ‘about creating opportunities for people to come together to learn about country, meet new people and build new relationships. It’s so exciting to see the range of events that Council is offering for this year’s Festival.”

Bookings are essential for Gai-mariagal Festival events.

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