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Gai-mariagal Day at Georges Heights

Sand painting created by Walangari Karntawarrra with pupils at Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College
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Cost

Free admission

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Hours
  • Saturday 28 May
  • 10am to 3pm
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Transport
  • Car
  • Bus

To plan your trip, see: Visit Georges Heights

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Location

The Landship (near Read Place) at Georges Heights, Mosman

 

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The community is invited to celebrate –and deepen their understanding of – Sydney’s First Nations cultures on Saturday 28 May when the Harbour Trust hosts Gai-mariagal Day (FREE) at Georges Heights in Mosman, homeland of the Borogegal People…

Between 10am and 3pm, visitors to the Landship building – located in the Headland Park Artist Precinct near Frenchy’s Café – will have an opportunity to enjoy a special showcase of talented First Nations performers, educators, and traditional artists. Visiting with kids? Don’t miss the storytelling session with Uncle Larry Brandy or our boomerang painting workshop!

Plus: we’ll be holding a sausage sizzle to raise funds for education programs delivered by Tribal Warrior, the social enterprise committed to revitalising First Nations culture through economic and social stability. 

Did you know? This event is being held as part of National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June) and coincides with Gai-mariagal Festival. Now in its 22nd year, the festival is a key event in the annual First Nations calendar for the Northern Sydney Region.

Activities

Ga-mariagal Day at Georges Heights is a fun and educational all-ages event with activities tied to this year’s Gai-mariagal Day theme: Nalawala Ngara (‘Sit down and listen’)...

Time Schedule
10am to 10:45am

Acknowledgement of Country – through song and in language – including a traditional smoking ceremony. PLUS: Learn about traditional food and bush medicine through engaging presentations and a quiz.

10:45am to 2:45pm Participate in the creation of an Aboriginal sand painting with artist and educator Walangari Karntawarra.
11am to 12pm Active children’s storytelling with Uncle Larry Brandy.
12pm to 2pm Live music performed by Green Hand Band.
12pm to 1:30pm Sausage Sizzle to raise funds for Tribal Warrior’s education programs.
1pm to 2pm Boomerang painting workshop with Gene Kelaher.

Background

The Gai-mariagal Festival (formerly the Guringai Festival) was founded in 2001 and raises awareness of First Nations People living in the Northern Sydney region...

The festival starts on Sorry Day (26 May), runs through National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June) and concludes at the end of NAIDOC Week – the second week in July. The theme for this year, Nalawala Ngara (‘Sit down and listen’) is an invitation for the Original Peoples and the wider Australian community to commemorate and celebrate together, and converse and walk side-by-side towards a brighter future. The Harbour Trust thanks the Gai-mariagal Festival organisers for inviting us to participate this year’s program.

The Harbour Trust also take this opportunity to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians and Owners of Headland Park, including Chowder Bay, Georges Heights and Middle Head / Gubbuh Gubbuh. We pay our respects the Borogegal People, including their Elders past, present and emerging.

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Helpful links

Learn more about Georges Heights, the Harbour Trust’s Reconciliation journey, and our Gai-mariagal Day partners and supporters…