The Gai-mariagal Festival returns!

Published:
01/06/2021

 

The North Shore and Northern Beaches’ annual celebration of Indigenous Australians and their rich, varied culture, returns this month. 

This year marks the Gai-mariagal Festival’s 20th birthday and there are no signs of slowing down.

After an enforced year off in 2020 due to COVID, this year’s Gai-mariagal shapes to be bigger and better than ever, with the theme of ‘renewal’.

There are plenty of events on, including bushwalks, performances, talks and art activities, so there is something for everyone. 

While these events are meant to be entertaining and fun for all involved, they also celebrate and commemorate important sections of Indigenous history.

The festival aims to promote education and awareness in the hope the nation can take further steps to close the gap between Indigenous outcomes compared to the overall population.

In conversation with Indigenous author Nardi Simpson
Thursday, July 8 - 6pm - 8pm
Gordon Library
Cost: Free

Come along to Gordon Library to enjoy a conversation with Indigenous author Nardi Simpson on her debut novel Song of the Crocodile, released in 2018.

Nardi Simpson is a Yuwaalaraay writer, musician, composer and educator from North West NSW freshwater plains.

Song of the Crocodile was the winner of the 2018 black&write! Fellowship.

Simpson is currently studying for her PhD in composition at the Australian National University.

For more information on the event or to book, email libraryevents@kmc.nsw.gov.au or call 9424 0120.

Warakirri dining experience
Saturday, June 5 - 5pm - 9pm
Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden
Cost: $95

Indigiearth’s immersive dining experience comes to Caley’s at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden.

Over a delectable four-hour, five-course degustation menu, enjoy native Australian food and beverages. 

As you dine, you will be immersed in cultural entertainment by owner and Ngemba Weilwan woman, Sharon Winsor.

You’ll be treated to bush tucker dining at its finest, incorporating seafood, game meats, rainforest fruits, desert delights and native beverages.

The combination of Winsor’s formal culinary education and her unparalleled knowledge of Aboriginal food and drinks has led to the creation of a dining experience without rival.

For more information or to book, head to gai-mariagal-festival.com.au or phone 9424 0353.

Illustration workshop with author and illustrator Dub Leffler
Wednesday, July 7 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Gordon Library
Cost: $10

Looking to celebrate Gai-mariagal as well as find a great activity for the kids to do in the school holidays?

Look no further than this interactive workshop with Indigenous author and illustrator Dub Leffler at Gordon Library.

From sketching an idea to a published work, Dub will demonstrate to students the process of crafting illustrations for picture books to complement an author’s story and words.

Leffler’s picture book Once There Was a Boy has received recognition internationally and a copy is now housed in the Library of Congress in the United States.

For more details or to book, email younglibrary@kmc.nsw.gov.au or phone 9424 0120.

Aboriginal astronomy talk with Indigenous astrophysicist Kirsten Banks
Wednesday, June 30 - 6pm - 7pm
Creator Space, Chatswood Library
Cost: Free

Enjoy an evening taking a look at the stars from a new perspective with Indigenous astrophysicist, Kirsten Banks at Chatswood Library.

Banks, a Wiradjuri woman, will take you on an exciting journey through the night sky, taking inspiration from her ancestors.

You will learn about the different constellations in Aboriginal traditions and even how to use the night sky as a seasonal calendar.

Best of all, this event is completely free.

For more information or to book, visit gai-mariagal-festival.com.au.

“Ochre Women” art exhibition 
The Creative Space, North Curl Curl
Daily from July 1-10
Cost: Free

Take in great Aborignal artworks at the “Ochre Women” exhibition at The Creative Space in North Curl Curl.

Through the use of charcoal, pastel and ochre, portrait drawings are applied to large eco-dye fabrics, which is an expression of the artists’ expression of love and connection to the original culture of this land.

As well as showcasing the 10 local artists’ work, the exhibition will feature workshops and talks from some of the women in focus.

The exhibition will run daily and there is no need to book ahead.

Collaroy seaside scavenge
South end of Collaroy Beach
Sunday, May 30 – 9.30am – 1.30pm
Cost: Free

Combining a beach clean-up with op-shopping, the Collaroy seaside scavenge is the perfect event for the environmentally conscious.

You’ll get the satisfaction of cleaning up one of our favourite beaches and earn tokens that can be redeemed at the onsite pop-up thrift store. There will also be prizes!

To book, head to gai-mariagal-festival.com.au.

Author:
David Shilovsky, Intern, North Shore Living Magazine

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