Culture Guide: 8 – 14 July

July 7th 2019
Monday 8 July

Voice Treaty Truth: Naidoc Week Panel

This NAIDOC Week, join ReachOut and CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program as we host a Facebook Live panel discussion exploring Voice. Treaty. Truth., the three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

WHAT: Panel Discussion
WHEN: Monday 8 July, 6-7pm
WHERE: ReachOut Facebook Page
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here


Celebrating 10 years working with Australia’s First Nation Peoples, furniture, design and lifestyle brand, Koskela, will be showcasing a new collection of lighting designs in collaboration with six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art centres from around the country.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: From 28 August to 18 September
WHERE: Koskela
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Tuesday 9 July

We Don’t Need A Map

The Southern Cross is the most famous constellation in the southern hemisphere. Ever since colonisation it’s been claimed, appropriated and hotly-contested for ownership by a radical range of Australian groups. But for Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual. And just about completely unknown. For a start, the Southern Cross isn’t even a cross – it’s a totem that’s deeply woven into the spiritual and practical lives of Aboriginal people.

WHAT: Film Screening
WHEN: Tuesday 9 July, 5:30-7:30pm
WHERE: The University of Sydney, Old Geology Lecture Theatre
HOW MUCH: Not advertised, get tickets here

Virtual Songlines: Kamay

Brett Leavy, Digital storyteller and creator from Virtual Heritage Jedi presents a virtual time capsule depicting the cultural knowledge as described by the traditional owners, archaeologists, anthropologists, botanists, and the first European settlers – about Botany Bay at the time of first settlement.

WHAT: Virtual Time Capsule
WHEN: Tuesday 9 July, 6:30-7:30pm
WHERE: Sydenham Library
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Wednesday 10 July

Paterson’s Curse: Matthew Dunne

Paterson’s curse is a weed that is widespread in Australia and thrives in the Australian climate. Attempts to control the weed are often
unsuccessful and eradication in the long term is not feasible at this stage, it will need to be dealt with in another way.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Wednesday 10 July, 6-8pm
WHERE: 82A Angel St, Newtown
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here


Community.A.Fair is a free, fun community get-together. In July we will be celebrating NAIDOC Week – recognising the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

WHAT: Fair
WHEN: Wednesday 10 July, 10am-1pm
WHERE: Addison Road Community Centre
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Thursday 11 July

2019 Naidoc Week Film Screenings

No Way to Forget, Trashblack and Servant or Slave.

WHAT: Film Screenings
WHEN: Thursday 11 July, 12:30pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Race Matters Live Podcast Recording

Join Ngiyampaa, Wailwan and Gamileroi woman and host of FBI Radio’s Race Matters, Sara Khan as she along with special guests, explore the topics of First Nations empowerment, representation and identity. We want you to ask whose voice and whose truth have we been hearing in mainstream discourse and how do we challenge that?

WHAT: Live Podcast
WHEN: Thursday 11 July, 6-7:30pm
WHERE: Australian Museum
HOW MUCH: $20-$25, get tickets here

Friday 12 July

Tracey Moffatt: Portals

Moffatt is one of Australia’s most renowned contemporary artists. Working predominantly in photography, film and video, Moffatt is known as a powerful visual storyteller. The narrative is often implied and self-referential, exploring her own childhood memories, and the broader issues of race, gender, sexuality and identity.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Friday 12 July, 6-8pm
WHERE: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Naidoc After Party

The event is for all the mob to come together after a busy week to relax and have a great night dancing and yarning while listening to great music.

WHAT: Party
WHEN: Friday 12 July, 8pm-3am
WHERE: Manning Bar
HOW MUCH: $18.90, get tickets here

Saturday 13 July

Klub Koori 2019 ft. Bad Apples

Klub Koori returns in 2019 featuring Bad Apples Music, with a line-up of emerging and established artists hand-picked by the iconic Australian record label. Celebrate NAIDOC Week and this year’s theme VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH. More acts to be announced.

WHAT: Concert
WHEN: Saturday 13 July, 7-9pm
WHERE: Carriageworks
HOW MUCH: $15, get tickets here

Revisionist Histories

In conjunction with NAIDOC week, join Dr Molly Duggins and Dr Priya Vaughan for a postcolonial revisionist romp through the NAS Gallery exhibition, ‘CAUGHT STEALING’. We’ll interrogate Australia’s colonial past and it’s impact on actions and activities in the present with reference to Daniel Boyd, Destiny Deacon, Joan Ross and Fiona Hall.

WHAT: Discussion Panel
WHEN: Saturday 13 July, 2-3pm
WHERE: National Art School
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Sunday 14 July

Emu Runner

Join us for this special screening in celebration of NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) Week Week. In an outback NSW town a young Indigenous girl forms a very special bond with a wild emu, in a unique Australian story of love and loss.

WHAT: Film Screening
WHEN: Sunday 14 July, 7-9:30pm
WHERE: Riverside Theatres Cinema
HOW MUCH: Free, get tickets here


Wellama means ‘to come back’ in the Sydney language. This 10 minute audio visual artwork, by Alison Page and Nik Lachajczak, is a celebration of ritual, ceremony and story practised on Country since time immemorial.

WHAT: Artwork
WHEN: Until May 2020
WHERE: Cutaway entry, Barangaroo Reserve
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

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