The Gai-mariagal Festival, a vibrant celebration of the oldest living culture on Earth, kicks off this Sorry Day (May 26) across the North Shore.

Running until the end of NAIDOC Week in July, the festival brings together the community with a diverse range of events. From workshops and art exhibitions to performances, films, and talks, there’s something for everyone to learn and experience.

This year’s theme, “Keep the Flame Alive,” echoes the national Reconciliation Week theme “Now More Than Ever” and NAIDOC Week theme “Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud.” The festival committee emphasises the importance of fostering connections, promoting truth, and building relationships between communities.

Running for 24 years, the showcases the rich cultural heritage of our region’s First Nations people.

Some highlights throughout the festival include:

  • Walangari sand painting at Lindfield Village Green- 26 May
  • Free Weaving workshops – 31 May
  • “County Connections” Art Exhibition – 14 June
  • Bush Medicine Workshops – 8 June
  • Warakirri Dining Experience – 15 June
  • Aboriginal Dot Art Classes with artist Judith Franklin – 19 June

Gai-mariagal Festival

Date: 26 May – 9 July 2024


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