Culture Guide 9 – 15 July: NAIDOC Week ‘Because of Her, We Can!’

July 7th 2018
Monday 9th

Barbara McGrady Photography Exhibition

Barbara McGrady’s photography captures the passion and achievements of Aboriginal histories. Describing herself as an ‘observer and a protagonist’, she documents historical events that are important to Aboriginal peoples and cultures. This exhibition will share these photos with you in an act of collective celebration and awareness.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Monday 9th July – Friday 20th July
WHERE: Redfern Community Centre, 2953 Hugo St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here

John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new

John Mawurndjul is celebrated for his mastery of rarrk (fine-painted cross-hatching), a tradition shared by generations of Kuninjku artists. This exhibition of bark paintings and sculptures at the MCA tells the stories of Kuninjku culture and the significant locations surrounding the artist’s home in western Arnhem Land.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 6 July – 23 September
WHERE: MCA, 140 George St, The Rocks
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here


Ngalga (‘sit, watch and listen’ in Darug Language) is an exhibition celebrating Indigenous culture and art during NAIDOC week. Now in its third year, there will be works on display from artists based in the Blue Mountains, across NSW and central Australia.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN:3rd – 29th July
WHERE: Gallery ONE88, 186-188 Katoomba St, Katoomba
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here

Tuesday 10th

We Fight (Guniwaya Ngigu)

We Fight (Guniwaya Ngigu) 1982 is a film that reveals the passion, bravery, solidarity and power of the Aboriginal people who came from all parts of Australia to demonstrate in solidarity against the repressive Queensland Aborigines Act. Hundreds of activists occupied Musgrave Park in South Brisbane as a campsite and performance area, fighting against the Brisbane Commonwealth Games and the racist government policies of Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

WHAT: Film Screening
WHEN: Tuesday 10 July, 12:30 – 1:30pm
WHERE: MCA, 140 George St, The Rocks
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here

NAIDOC Family Day

NAIDOC is a special event in Blacktown, which is home to the largest urban Aboriginal population in Australia. At NAIDOC Family Day, young performers from the Blacktown area can showcase their skills and take to the stage in the talent competition – ‘Blakfullas Got Talent, So You Mob Think You Can Dance Idol Competition’ hosted by Jackson McBain. There will also be face-painting, activities for young people, and stalls selling jewellery, clothing and art.

WHAT: Family Day
WHEN: Tuesday 10th July, 11am – 4pm
WHERE: Blacktown Showground
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here

Christine Anu - In Conversation and in Song

Join Australian national treasure Christine Anu for a special morning of conversation and song. Not only will Christine sing up a storm, but on this special occasion, she’ll also speak about her life and career, her advocacy work and the importance of Indigenous languages in cultural identity.

WHAT: Talk and performance
WHEN: Tuesday 10 July, 11am – 12:10pm
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse, 31 Shepherd St, Casula
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here

Because of Her We Can - NAIDOC Week at Campbelltown Arts Centre

Campbelltown Arts Centre is hosting a NAIDOC Week Exhibition of art made by young people from Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre, and Cobham Juvenile Justice Centre. Come celebrate these young people’s talent and witness their stories through their work.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Tuesday 10 July, 2:30pm
WHERE: Campbelltown Arts Centre, 1 Art Gallery Rd, Campbelltown
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Wednesday 11th

Faboriginal: The Game Show

How well do you know your art? Faboriginal is a deadly art game show, hosted by the hilarious and sexy Steven Oliver (Black Comedy). He’ll be joined by two teams of courageous celebrity contestants battling it out to answer our tricky art questions.

WHAT: Game Show
WHEN: Wednesday 11th July & Wednesday 18th July
WHERE: Art Gallery of New South Wales
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here

Strong Aboriginal Women

This year’s theme for NAIDOC Week celebrates the importance, resilience and vital role that Aboriginal women have played and continue to play as significant role models in the community. Hear from an all-female panel as they share stories of Aboriginal women who have carved pathways for younger generations and continue to be advocates for change. Panellists include Sue Blacklock AM, Nakia Davis-Welsh and Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM.

WHAT: Panel discussion
WHEN: Wednesday 11 July, 6-7:30pm
WHERE: MCA, 140 George St, The Rocks
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here

National NAIDOC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Conference

This historic Conference will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.

WHAT: Conference
WHEN: Wednesday 11th July – Thursday 12th July
WHERE: UNSW Kensington Campus, High St, Kensington
HOW MUCH: $175 – $350 more details here

USYD NAIDOC Week Celebration

Sydney University is celebrating the contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to the University, our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation. Hon Linda Burney will be making a keynote presentation; she is a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation, the Federal Member for Barton and the Shadow Minister for Human Services.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: Wednesday 11th July, 12:30pm – 2:30pm
WHERE: University of Sydney, MacLaurin Hall
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here

Thursday 12th

The Uluru Statement

The Dialogues were a series of meetings of Indigenous Australians, which were held around the country between December 2016 and May 2017, with the purpose of reaching a broad agreement on whether and how, to ‘recognise’ Indigenous Australians in the Australian Constitution. Hear Professor Gabrielle Appleby talk about her experience being at the Uluru National Convention.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: Thursday 12th July, 6:30 – 7:30pm
WHERE: Ashfield Municipal Library, Level 3, Civic Centre, 260 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here


Set against the harsh natural environment of outback Northern Territory, Jedda captures a rare and honest glimpse into the heart and history of Indigenous Australia. Young Jedda is caught between two cultures, forbidden from learning about her Indigenous heritage and never fully accepted by the other as she is raised by a white woman. Her whole life is dramatically changed when she was abducted by a young Aboriginal man from the bush.

WHAT: Film Screening
WHEN: Thursday 12th July, 12:30 – 2pm
WHERE: MCA, 140 George St, The Rocks
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here

Because of Her We Can Hosted by The University of Sydney

Hear from a panel of exceptional Aboriginal women from The University of Sydney, and across NSW. Our panel speakers will include Kamilaroi astronomer, Karlie Noon, the social epidemiologist, Dr Vanessa Lee, award winning poet, Evelyn Araluen, and Nakari Thorpe, political reporter on NITV. The lecture will also feature a performance by the legendary blues singer, Aunty Marlene Cummins, and Donna Ingram will give a Welcome to Country.

WHAT: Panel talk
WHEN: Thursday 12th July, 6:30 – 8pm
WHERE: Tramsheds, Harold Park, 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here

Aboriginal People of the Sydney Area

Chris Tobin will present a talk on Aboriginal people of the Sydney area with a focus on traditional ways of living, as well as covering the history and contemporary situation of the Darug people of Sydney. Traditional tools, maps and paintings will be shown along with plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: Thursday 12th July, 6:30 – 8:30pm
WHERE: Hornsby Library, 28-44 George St, Hornsby
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here


APY Gallery presents Tjuratja Tjawani by Anyupa Stevens for NAIDOC Week. The APY Gallery is a platform for emerging Indigenous Artists from the APY Art Centre Collective to connect with a wide audience outside of their remote communities.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Thursday 12th July, 6pm
WHERE: APY Gallery
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here

Friday 13th

Dark Emu

Inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s award-winning book of the same name, Dark Emu explores the vital life force of flora and fauna in a series of dance stories directed by Stephen Page. With long-time Bangarra collaborators Steve Francis (music), Jacob Nash (sets) and Jennifer Irwin (costumes) bringing their impeccable aesthetic to the production, Dark Emu will satisfy your spirit and connect you to Country. Photo credit: Daniel Boud.

WHAT: Dance
WHEN: Until July 14
WHERE: Sydney Opera House
HOW MUCH: Tickets $76 – $96 more details here

Inner City Naidoc Culture & Sport Day at the NCIE

Organised by a coalition of community organisations and held at the NCIE, Inner City NAIDOC brings together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and the wider community to celebrate culture, language, identity and Indigenous Excellence. The morning program includes the Gawaru Women’s Healing ceremony, dance from Redfern Dance Company, Buuja Buuja Butterfly Dance Group and Kris An Taran Torres Strait Island Dance Troupe. The afternoon features Aunty Marlene Cummins, Majik Honey, Shanell Dargan, Son Boy and more.

WHAT: Culture & Sport Day
WHEN: Friday 13th July, 10am – 4pm
WHERE: The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here

What is the Boundary

What is the Boundary is a new exhibition by Chico Monks and Gwanji Monks. Featuring beautiful carved wooden sculptures and paintings with comic-like speech bubbles exclaiming ‘POW’, ‘BLACK’, ‘POWER’, this dynamic exhibition is not to be missed!

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Until 22 July
WHERE: Art Atrium, 515 Crown St, Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here

Saturday 15th

Naidoc In The City

NAIDOC in the City is a free celebration of the world’s longest living Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. With food workshops, dancing, live music, markets and weaving, come celebrate in Hyde Park!

WHAT: Event
WHEN: Saturday 14th July, 10am – 1pm
WHERE: Hyde Park
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here

Deep Listening with Uncle Wes Marne

Uncle Wes Marne is a 96-year-old Bigambul Elder and descendant of a long line of storytellers with a deep knowledge of Aboriginal culture. This storytelling event invites participants to engage in a deep listening exercise about place, land and Country, set within Keg De Souza’s new exhibition Common Knowledge and Learning Curves at Artspace.

WHAT: Storytelling
WHEN: Saturday 14 July, 1pm
WHERE: Artspace, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Rd, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here

Sunday 16th


We all know our perceptions of colour are subjective, so how can we describe, share and move through a world that each of us sees differently? GREEN ON RED features three formidable First Nations women tackling the cultural complexities of belonging and resistance.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Until 18 August
WHERE: The Bearded Tit, 183 Regent St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here


The community is invited to the Burramatta NAIDOC festivities in the picturesque surrounds of Parramatta Park. On the day, there will be a full program of free family-friendly activities and special performances by the likes of singer-songwriter Casey Donovan, Evie J Willie and Rebecca Hatch.
WHAT: Festival
WHEN: Sunday 15th July, 12 – 6:30pm
WHERE: Parramatta Park
HOW MUCH: FREE more details here

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