Event

Corroboree Sydney

Come. Create. Celebrate.

Charles (Chikka) Madden and the NSW Public Schools Aboriginal Dance Company perform at the Opening Ceremony for Corroboree Sydney 2013. Photographer Jamie Williams

Join us for four days of inspirational events including tours of our Indigenous Gallery, unique vessel tours from an Indigenous perspective and traditional canoe building demonstrations.

  •   Corroboree Sydney Come Create Celebrate 20 - 30 November 2014

    20–30 November 2014

    The museum is proud to be presenting a range of events as part of Corroboree Sydney – an annual festival celebrating Australia’s rich cultural heritage and featuring leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, writers, dancers and musicians showcasing their creativity. Join us for four days of inspirational events including tours of our Indigenous Gallery, unique vessel tours from an Indigenous perspective and traditional canoe building demonstrations. Come. Create. Celebrate.

     HMB Endeavour wharf side at the museum with the Lighthouse and city in the background

    27–30 November, 11am–12.30pm
    Through Different Eyes

    Join the museum’s Indigenous curator Donna Carstens for a unique tour of HMB Endeavour and the pearl lugger John Louisoffering an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective and history.
    Costs: $27 (adult) $16 (Child/Concession)
    Includes: all museum attractions
    Meet: in museum foyer

     

    The Eora gallery in the museum

    27–30 November, 1–2 pm
    Water Connections

    Take a new look at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ intrinsic relationship to water on this tour of the museum’s Eora and Saltwater gallery. Led by ANMM Indigenous Curator, Donna Carstens.
    Costs: $7.00 (adult) $3.50 (Child/Concession)
    Meet: in museum foyer

    nawi canoe making workshop

    29–30 November, 11 am–2 pm
    Bark Boat Building Demonstration

    Don’t miss this fascinating demonstration of the construction of traditional Aboriginal watercraft, led by Aboriginal canoe builders and museum staff.
    Costs: Free
    Meet: Performance platform

     A group of primary school boys with their finished paper canoes

    29–30 November, 11 am–12 pm & 1–2 pm
    KIDS Paper Canoe Making Workshop

    Kids paper canoe making workshops for 5–12 year olds and their parents.
    Costs: Free
    Meet: Performance Platform

     Curator David Payne with children making paper canoes

    29 November, 3–5pm
    Canoe Conversations

    Discussion and presentations from canoe communities about past and current projects about Indigenous watercraft and Indigenous connections to water.
    Costs: Free
    Meet: Theatre

  • Celebrating culture and connecting people

    Celebrating culture and connecting people

    Corroboree Sydney is a new way of celebrating Australia’s rich cultural heritage, writes Hetti Perkins. Over 11 days and nights in November, leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, writers, dancers and musicians will showcase their creativity and share their stories in more than 100 events.

    PRESENTED AT SIGNIFICANT SITES around Sydney Harbour, including the Australian National Maritime Museum, Corroboree Sydney offers a unique experience of Indigenous culture. A national festival for all Australians, it celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in the heart of Sydney. The event is initiated and delivered by Indigenous people, for Indigenous people and the wider community. This collaborative endeavour will present a world-class festival that celebrates our culture in all its diversity.

    An Eora word that has become part of Australia’s identity, ‘corroboree’ means a place of ceremony and creative expression; a transformative gathering. For countless generations, the Eora nations have been coming together to celebrate culture, country and community. Corroboree Sydney continues this tradition on Gadigal land, sharing stories from the past and present, while embracing the cultural diversity that is Indigenous Australia.

    Corroboree Sydney brings together a program of activities for the discovery, participation and enjoyment of all. Sydney’s premier arts and cultural organisations are collaborating to present talks, exhibitions, performances, live music, films, readings and forums.

    In 2014, Corroboree Sydney will again present its signature events – the Firelight Ceremony and Opening Party, the Gurung Parade down Macquarie Street which involves more than 2,000 schoolchildren, Elders’ Circles and the Black Arts Market featuring work from over 30 New South Wales Aboriginal artists.
    Corroboree Sydney 2014 begins with a contemporary public ceremonial performance on the ‘apron’ forecourt of the Museum of Contemporary Art, drawing on the emerging talents from the Bangarra Dance Theatre Australia, and follows the harbour to the Australian Museum at Hyde Park. On the way it takes in the Australian National Maritime Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Blackfella Films, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Royal Botanic Gardens, Koori Radio 93.7FM, State Library of New South Wales and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

    This year’s event will see many highlights, including the ‘Sea Country’ exhibition at the Australian Museum; ‘Homeground’, a curated dance and music weekend on the western boardwalk of the Sydney Opera House; programs and workshops with the visiting Director of the Indigenous Film Retrospective from the Sundance Institute; and a new venue, The Boatshed, which will showcase emerging artists curated by Koori Radio.

    Corroboree Sydney runs from 20–30 November 2014. For more information, see corroboreesydney.com.au





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