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Songlines: NAIDOC Week 2017 - FREE Entry

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Immerse yourself in the vibrant Darug culture
The Djaadajwan Dancers perform at the Songlines' celebration 2016. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Songlines: Our languages matter is a FREE cultural event proudly presented by Sydney Living Museums and Muru Mittigar Aboriginal and Cultural Education Centre.

Held at Rouse Hill House & Farm on Sunday 9th July, 10am to 4pm, as part of NAIDOC Week 2017, this family-friendly festival will feature an exciting range of interactive activities, including special music and dance performances, an art and boomerang demonstration and a unique wildlife tour.

Rouse Hill House & Farm stands on Darug land, which has been home to Aboriginal people for thousands of years and the Songlines program will connect event-goers to the vibrant Darug culture through dance, art, flora and fauna activities throughout the day.

Celebrations begin at 10.15am with traditional ceremonies including a Smoking Ceremony by Darug elder, Uncle Wes Marne, the raising of the flag and a Welcome to Country by Uncle Greg Simms.

Event-goers can then enjoy a special performance by Indigenous Connections, a children's dance troupe choreographed by Muru Mittigar's cultural education officer, David Haroa and the Mt Druitt Indigenous Choir along with contemporary song and acoustic music by young, local Indigenous performers.

You can then try your hand at throwing a boomerang, painting your own boomerang and discover its many uses in Darug culture. Event-goers will also be invited to create a shared story canvas using traditional colours and techniques with the Muru Mittigar cultural team.

Conclude the day by joining an experienced native bird spotter for a walk through the grounds. It's a great opportunity to learn how to promote native birdlife in your neighbourhood, plus you can speak with the Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife rescue charity group about the significance of native animals in kinship, relations and obligations to Country.

Unique to this year's Songlines event is a language cultural workshop where guests can find out why languages matter and learn some words in Darug.

Bring a picnic or enjoy a BBQ lunch whilst at Rouse Hill House & Farm. Muru Mittigar Cultural Centre will also have a selection of tempting sweet treats on offer and you can contribute to the Mad Mob Elders group by buying a sausage from the fundraising sausage sizzle.

Entry is FREE and all are welcome to take part in this great cultural event in Sydney. For more information on what's on, please visit

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When: Saturday 9 July, 10am – 4pm
Where: Rouse Hill House & Farm, 356 Annangrove Rd, Rouse Hill NSW 2155
Cost: Free Entry
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