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Markets and dance at Sydney Town Hall for NAIDOC Week

Published 4 July 2024

A celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance, enterprise and music will take over Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday 10 July for NAIDOC Week.

NAIDOC in the City features markets showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, clothing, homewares and local services alongside dance performances at Lower Town Hall from 11am to 4pm.

A free, live music concert in Centennial Hall from 6pm is booked out.

National NAIDOC Week runs 7 to 14 July and recognises the history, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It’s a chance for Australians to learn about and celebrate the world’s oldest, continuous living cultures. This year’s theme is ‘Keep the fire burning! Blak, loud and proud’.

NAIDOC in the City is produced by the City of Sydney in partnership with Gadigal Information Service.

“We are committed through Koori Radio, Yabun and NAIDOC in the City to showcasing our best First Nations talent. It is so important for us all to come together to celebrate and share our culture. We welcome everyone to come and stand with us,” Elizabeth Wymarra from Gadigal Information Service said.

Don’t miss the Darraburra (Day) markets with 25 stalls featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander homewares, clothing, food, art and services. Pick up goodies from businesses like Marara Designs showcasing games and home decor, Koori Threads, Bakarindi Bush Foods and Tarri Jayne offering art and early childhood cultural resources.

There will be dance performances through the day:

  • 11am – Smoking Ceremony
  • 11:30am – Jannawi Dance Clan
  • 12:30pm – Mui Mui Bumer Gedlam
  • 1:30pm – Yangkay Dance
  • 2:30pm – Gamay Dancers

The free Minak (Night) concert with hip hop icons BARKAA and JK-47, country stars Loren Ryan and Jarrod Hickling, and comedian Isaac Compton is now booked out. Koori Radio will broadcast live from the event on 93.7FM.

“NAIDOC in the City is our celebration of the oldest continuing living cultures in the world. This day to night event is free, and features song, dance and markets,” Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore AO said.

“It’s a perfect school holiday activity and a wonderful learning opportunity for all ages. It’s never been more important to be aware of the deep connections First Nations people have to Sydney. Always was, always will be.”

Visit sydneynaidoc.com.au for more local NAIDOC Week events.

Find out more about National NAIDOC Week – naidoc.org.au

Event details

What: NAIDOC in the City
Where: Sydney Town Hall
When: Wednesday 10 July
Time: Markets and dance performances – 11am-4pm
BOOKED OUT Live music concert – 5:45pm-9:30pm (doors open 5pm)
Cost: Entry is free but the booked out live music concert is ticketed.

For media enquiries contact Roxanne Macara. Phone 0438 554 640 or email rmacara@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Clover Moore AO, Lord Mayor of Sydney contact Zoe Delamare. Phone 0477 263 615 or email zdelamare@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au