Gai-mariagal - Image credit Tim Moriarty
Gai-mariagal Festival
26 May-14 July 2019 - talks, markets, art, films, music and more!

A celebration of Australia's first peoples culture and heritage.

We invite you to walk with us in the spirit of VOICE, TREATY, and TRUTH of the Australian people for a better future.


We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we now stand. We pay our respects to the Elders past and present.


The Gai-mariagal Festival, founded 2001, aims to raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Northern Sydney region. The Festival starts on Sorry Day, Sunday 26 May. and goes through to the end of NAIDOC Week; the second week in July each year. The festival involves several Councils and numerous reconciliation and community groups. Events include workshops, art exhibitions, performances, films, talks and more.


Image credit above: Tim Moriarty: inspired by the land and waterways of Sydney's northern beaches.


Gai-marigal Festival Brochure (all events) (15MB)



Conflict on the North Shore

Dr Stephen Gapps discusses conflict and resistance in the early colony 1788-1817.

Aboriginal Cultural Appreciation

This interactive workshop will equip community groups to work cross culturally

Maruku Marketplace

Friday, 28 June 2019
Art from central Aust: Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and Nyangatjatjara communities.

Biamunga Yarn-Up

Share stories and experiences with the Aboriginal guest speaker...

Indigenous Art Project

Join local indigenous artist Karleen Green to learn traditional weaving techniques.

Maruku Arts

Thursday, 04 July 2019
Art from central Australia: Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and Nyangatjatjara communities

Tapalinga with Majeda Beatty

Thursday, 11 July 2019
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures in song, dance and stories (for ages 5-11).

Meet Outspoken Auntie Millie

Friday, 12 July 2019
Outspoken Aboriginal rights advocate, Millie Ingram shares her story.