The Gai-Mariagal Festival is an annual celebration that raises awareness of the First Nations Peoples who live in Northern Sydney. It's been running since 2001 and some people may know it by its former name, the Guringai Festival.
In 2022, the festival will run for over a month, from Sorry Day (May 26) to the end of Naidoc Week (July 3-10). This is a period that also encompasses Reconciliation Week. Events featured will include children's activities, walks, art exhibitions, performances, films and more.
A lot of councils, community groups and businesses get involved in the festival and their schedules are starting to be announced; Ku-ring-gai Council has already listed its events, mostly hosted at their beautiful Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens. The Northern Beaches Council has also already announced its Singing Up Country festival, which showcases Aboriginal music.
For lists of events near to you, check out the websites of participating councils closer to the festival dates. These include Hornsby Shire, Hunters Hill, Ku-Ring-gai, Lane Cove, Mosman, North Sydney, Northern Beaches and the City of Ryde.
Alternatively, you can also visit the festival website here.