The National Indigenous Art Fair Returns To Sydney

Cool Sh*t, Film & Art, Sydney / 21 June 2021

Get ready for two immersive days of Indigenous culture in The Rocks this NAIDOC Week.

As of Wednesday 23 June 6pm, this event has been cancelled due to COVID restrictions, but the public is urged to support remote indigenous artists by buying online instead. View a list of participating Art Centres with links to their websites here  

The National Indigenous Art Fair is an annual event celebrating Indigenous art, design, food and culture. The fair presents over 50 art and design stalls, traditional ceremonies, performances, workshops and cooking demonstrations for everyone to enjoy over two days. This year, the program will run on the 3rd and 4th of July at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in The Rocks. Between 10am and 4pm each day, interact directly with Indigenous makers from around the country for just a gold coin donation.

The event is set to showcase the latest award-winning ideas from artworks to design objects, fashion, jewellery, homewares, native dyed textiles, and kids’ puzzles. These inventive artisans are exemplars of sustainability, working closely with the resources found in their own environment to create truly unique and beautiful pieces.

The program of events will include:

  • Each morning, take part in Indigenous smoking ceremonies as each stall is blessed and cleansed
  • Get hands-on alongside local Aboriginal weavers to create a largescale turtle sculpture in honour of the many turtles that killed in fishing nets in our oceans
  • Listen over storytelling sessions with celebrated Ngukurr artist, Karen Rogers, as she recites her newest children’s book
  • Get crafty at a boomerang painting workshop or learn some moves at an Indigenous dance workshop
  • Form significant opinions over fascinating panel discussions on important Indigenous issues including native foods and the all-important topic of Heal Country
  • Enjoy bushfood cooking demonstrations by award-winning chef Aunty Dale Chapman and tuck into delicious food from the van on site
  • Immerse yourself in a cultural experience with Milan Dhiiyaan as he presents a healing meditation

With all of this available for just a gold coin donation on entry, the National Indigenous Art Fair has to be the best value day out for Sydneysiders of all ages in history, not to mention an unmissable opportunity to kick off Sydney’s NAIDOC Week celebrations in style.

For more information including the full program and schedule, click here

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