More than fifty thousand years of Indigenous culture and heritage will be celebrated in Parramatta on Saturday 8 July when the Burramatta NAIDOC festival is held on the Parramatta River foreshore.
The six hours of celebrations will feature performances by award-winning Indigenous artists, vibrant dance numbers, market stalls, roaming performers, a free barbecue lunch, family-friendly workshops, Aboriginal healing, free bike rides and heritage tours, and a spectacular fireworks finale.
"Burramatta NAIDOC is an important event for our City which highlights the significant cultural contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make to our community," City of Parramatta Administrator Amanda Chadwick said.
"This year the festival will celebrate the richness of over 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages through a selection of children’s activities, performances and traditional workshops."
The main stage entertainment will feature performances by legendary Indigenous performer Vic Simms, award-winning singer/songwriter Benny Walker, powerhouse band Kristva Pav and The Social Fabric, and saltwater sound group the Green Hand Band.
Attendees will be treated to a line-up of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal dance numbers, including performances by internationally-renowned dance group Wagana Aboriginal Dancers, Torres Strait Islander group Aunty Cindy’s Mob, the Hand/Simms Family and roaming Bowerbird performers from the Treasures crew.
The popular Blak Markets will return with the best in Indigenous arts, crafts, skincare products and bushfoods, while local market stalls will bring handmade jewellery, clothing and delicious food offerings to the family-friendly affair, including a free barbecue provided by Kalico Catering.
Families can enjoy a host of activities, including guided Aboriginal sun spot and star gazing, free cycle hire and heritage bike tours along the Parramatta River hosted by Addventageous and Parramatta Heritage Rides, and healing ‘sound baths’ featuring Darug language chants.
Children of all ages can listen to stories at the Gunya storytime tent or try their hand at Indigenous games, native flower arranging, weaving and jewellery and tool making.
The event will conclude with a fireworks spectacular along the river, featuring music produced by DJ Steven Ross Junior AKA Crusade.
“I encourage everyone to come along and enjoy Burramatta NAIDOC, and celebrate the rich cultural history of our Indigenous community,” Ms Chadwick said.
Burramatta NAIDOC will be held from 1pm to 7pm on Saturday 8 July at the Parramatta River Foreshore, between Barry Wilde Bridge and Elizabeth Street Footbridge.