In celebration of the world’s oldest living culture, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women will take centre stage at this year’s Burramatta NAIDOC on Sunday 15 July from 12pm - 6.30pm at Parramatta Park.
The popular community event will feature: a vibrant line-up of performances by Indigenous artists including singer-songwriter Casey Donovan; a traditional corroboree ground for storytelling, dance and song; market stalls; roving performers; free bike tours; a barbecue lunch; family-friendly workshops; and a fireworks finale.
“As part of our NAIDOC Week celebrations, Burramatta NAIDOC highlights Parramatta as an important gathering place and acknowledges the significant presence Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to have through their living culture and traditions,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said.
“This year’s theme celebrates and honours the contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made throughout the generations and the integral part they play in our families and communities.”
In addition to a headline performance by Casey Donovan, the stage will welcome eclectic soul musician Evie J Willie, Triple J’s Unearthed High Indigenous Initiative 2017 winner Rebecca Hatch, hip hop artist DOBBY, and electric-soul duo Bow and Arrow.
An exclusive program of keynote speakers, including writer and Aboriginal Affairs expert Cathy Craigie, will feature in the Dyin Nura, Women’s Place, along with Q&A sessions, local community talks and activities especially for women.
The community can also explore the large, open corroboree ground with performances by the Jannawi Dance Clan and experience Indigenous games, song and dance. There will be Aboriginal astronomy and star gazing as well as interactive workshops featuring jewellery making, sand and tree art, Darug language, tool making and storytelling.
The GWS Giants community will host AFL skills and drills activities, and there will be food stalls and a free barbeque lunch thanks to Bunnings and Mantra Parramatta.
A spectacular fireworks display will close the program, followed by a free screening of Bangarra Dance Theatre’s feature film Spearat Riverside Theatres. Spear follows a young Aboriginal man from the outback to the streets of Sydney on his quest to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world. Pre-registered tickets for this free screening can be booked online.
“I encourage everyone to join us at this year’s Burramatta NAIDOC to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and our close links to the rich history of our nation,” Cr Wilson said.
Burramatta NAIDOC will be held from 12pm to 6.30pm on Sunday 15 July at Pavilion Flat, Parramatta Park. As part of NAIDOC Week, 8-15 July, there will also be a range of activities taking place across the local area including City of Parramatta library workshops and a special NAIDOC Week Reflections Gallery, presented by Westfield Parramatta, where the community can discover, celebrate and reflect on the journeys of eight local and influential Indigenous women.
For more information, visit www.discoverparramatta.com/naidoc