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A fabulous and free day for the whole family
Celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures at NAIDOC in the City on Saturday 14 July 2018 at Hyde Park, 10am to 2pm.

NAIDOC in the City is a vibrant free celebration of the world's longest living cultures through food, song, art, dance and stories in the heart of the city.

This year's theme 'Because of her, we can!' pays tribute to the invaluable contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

NAIDOC in the City is a time for everyone to celebrate and show respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. For a fabulous and free day outdoors, come along to NAIDOC in the City at Hyde Park on Saturday 14 July 2018.


Main stage

10am Opening ceremony, traditional smoking ceremony and a NAISDA Dance College performance.

10.20am Microwave Jenny

11.10am Muggera Dancers

11.45am Sue Ray

12.30pm Mission Songs Project

1.20pm Electric Fields


Kids' Art and Culture

10.20am Dancestry with Muggera Dancers

11am Koori Kinnections: Dreamtime story – Women and strength

11.35am Culture workshops with Matt Doyle

12.10pm Dancestry with NAISDA

12.45pm Koori Kinnections: Women and the Sea Nawi (Canoe) workshop with Paperbark

1.20pm Dancestry with Matt Doyle


Other activities

10am–2pm Basket weaving with Billinudgel Weavers

10am–2pm Taronga Zoo

10am–2pm Art workshops with Bibi Barba

10am–2pm Face painting


Kids' games

10am–2pm Indigenous games

10am–2pm Clinics including Netball NSW, AFL, ALDI MiniRoos, and Hockey NSW


Knowledge and Culture

Learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures with educational and interactive displays by ANTaR, Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, NSW Aboriginal Land Council, UTS, Sydney University's Healing our Spirits Worldwide, Tranby, the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, the State Library of NSW, UNSW, National Film and Sound Archive and the Indigenous Youth Climate Action Network.

This year, the City of Sydney's Eora Journey will bring books from the library's Koori Collection. Sign up for library membership and borrow a book on the spot.


Food zone

10am–2pm Food stalls available

Midday Earth Oven


Cooking demonstrations

Learn how to make tasty bush tucker with cooking guru, Aunty Beryl Van-Oploo. Aunty Beryl combines knowledge from her Elders with contemporary foods and modern nutrition.

Over her 50-year career, she's run catering enterprises, restaurants and cafes, always with a focus on bush tucker and native ingredients. She teaches cooking and hospitality skills to young students at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, helping them secure internships and jobs in the restaurant trade.

Join Aunty Beryl for:

  • Lemon myrtle biscuits 10.30am–11am

  • Bush tucker talk 11.45am–12.15pm

  • BBQ kangaroo fillet 1pm–1.45pm


    Come along to NAIDOC's marketplace to buy local art, craft and produce, featuring:

  • Didgeridoos, boomerangs and paintings

  • Delicious foods such as preserves and relishes featuring native plants

  • Clothing and accessories, including silk scarves, printed t-shirts, hats and hoodies

  • Handmade jewellery.

    Art Gallery

    Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative presents a collaborative art exhibition with APY Art Centre Collective, celebrating the strength and diversity of Aboriginal women.

    Bujari gamarruwa –'good day' in the Sydney Aboriginal language

    For more information on what's on and to plan your visit, please visit

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    When: Saturday 14 July 2018 from 10am to 2pm
    Where: Hyde Park, Elizabeth Street, Sydney
    Cost: Free Event
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