Photo of "Djaadjawan Dancers" taken by Amanda Gunston

Come to Barangaroo Reserve on Saturday 9 July for a free day of family fun to celebrate NAIDOC 2016 .

The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week is Songlines, the living narrative of our nation. Songlines are the tracks that ancestral beings sang to life during the Dreamtime. The landmarks, waterways, flowers, art sites and artefacts are all part of the Songlines passed down in Aboriginal culture for thousands of years. Songlines connect people to Country and Country to people. Learn more about Songlines and explore those which have created Country in your region.

To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2016, the Blak Markets will pop up at Sydney’s spectacular new Harbour foreshore park, Barangaroo Reserve, on Saturday, 9 July 2016 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Blak Markets will transform Nawi Cove at the Hickson Road Entrance into a lively marketplace showcasing Australia’s rich Indigenous culture with more than 20 stallholders selling Indigenous arts, crafts, skincare products and bushfoods.

Stallholders include Cheryl Davidson (gift cards, baskets, painting), Clair Bates (traditional hand-made Aboriginal jewellery and woven baskets), Glen Timbery (boomerangs) and Ruth McMillan (paintings and textiles)

Traditional food cooking demonstrations by Fred’s Bush Tucker will show how barramundi and crocodile were traditionally prepared. Plus, there will be cooking demonstrations with renowned Aboriginal chefs including Clayton Donovan and Black Olive.

Djaadjawan Dancers, an all-female dance troupe of women and children from many nations, will perform during the day across Nawi Cove, including a traditional sand circle performance on Nawi Lawn. Also featuring will be the popular Yaama boys and Koomurri corroboree dancers accompanied by singer Cecil McLeod.

Take a shell art workshop and learn traditional women’s weaving such as weaving fishnets and producing bags made of paperbark by participating in a free weaving workshop.

And if you’d like to learn more about the importance of Goat Island to local Aboriginal people, take a trip from Barangaroo to Me-mel as it is known in language. NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service are joining in the NAIDOC festivities with a WilderQuest outing to the Harbour island where Barangaroo lived with her husband Bennelong. Places are limited and bookings on the day are essential. For more information click here.

Join us at Barangaroo and help us celebrate the rich history and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures – the oldest continuing cultures on the planet