Guringai Festival 2017

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Guringai peoples on whose land we now stand, we pay our respects to the Elders past and present.  


About the Guringai Festival

This annual event, founded in 2001, aims to raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Northern Sydney region.

The festival usually starts on Sorry Day in May and goes through to the end of NAIDOC Week which is the second week in July each year.

 Local Councils and numerous reconciliation and community groups get involved, and events include workshops, art exhibitions, performances, films and talks.


Full Program 2017

Full program for Northern Sydney region  (5MB)


North Sydney Events

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Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Walk

Sunday 28 May, 9.00am - 3.00pm

leave from Council car park, 220 Miller St, North Sydney

Connect to Country on a guided walk through Warriewood Wetlands with the AHO Education Officer for the Guringai Festival. Bush Tucker lunch provided, cost $20/pp.

Recommended for ages 12 yrs and above. Medium grade walk.

Enquiries: Andrew Scott 0478 303 042


The Oldest Foods on Earth: discussions & demonstrations, Northside Produce Market

Saturday 17 June, 10.00am - 11.00am

Northside Produce Market, Civic Park, 220 Miller St, North Sydney

Food writer, reviewer and author of The Oldest Foods on Earth, John Newton joins guest speakers and chefs in conversation exploring Indigenous foods of Australia and the reasons why cooking with local produce makes sense!

Guests include First Hand Solutions and the renowned indigenous market, Blak Markets.The event will include cooking demonstrations of traditional bush foods with native produce supplied by Outback Pride.

The event will be held at the Northside Produce Market, a twice-monthly fresh produce market held in Civic Park.

Enquiries: Rachel Bangoura 9922 2299 


Traditional Basket Weaving

Saturday 24 June, 11.00am - 1.00pm

Stanton Library Conference,  Room 234 Miller Street, North Sydney

Two hour workshop facilitated by Karleen Green. You will learn the traditional technique of basket weaving to create your own small coiled basket to take home.

Enquiries: Amanda Hudson 9936 8425 


Explorers Playgroup Guringai Experience

Tuesday 13 June, 10.00am - 12.30pm

North Sydney Community Centre, 220 Miller St, North Sydney$6 - $12

A wonderful cultural learning experience tailored to preschoolers - be introduced to traditional stories, learn and participate in ancestral song, music and dance and experience the sounds of traditional Aboriginal instruments.

Held in conjunction with the North Sydney Community Centre’s regular Explorers Playgroup program, children under 5, their parents, carers and grandparents are welcome to enjoy this creative and interactive way to explore Aboriginal culture and heritage.

Enquiries: Rachel Bangoura 9922 2299    


Aussie Bush Food: talk & tasting

Friday 7 July, 10.30am - 11.45am

Crows Nest Centre, 2 Ernest Place, Crows Nest

Join us during NAIDOC Week to see, smell, touch, taste and hear about Aussie bushfood. Presented by Jess Sinnott, Aboriginal Educator/Owner of Koori Kinnections.

For event information contact the Social Support Coordinator. Bookings not required.

Enquiries: Social Support, 9439 5122


Water, Women & Wellbeing Art Session

Saturday 8 July, 10.00am - 3.00pm

Mater Hospital Cottage, 24 Sinclair Street, Wollstonecraft

A free art session facilitated by Aboriginal artist Leanne Tobin and art therapist/counsellor Fiona Fitzpatrick especially for women recovering from illness, along with their female carers and family members. Participants can expect to complete a series of individual works, as well as contribute towards a collaborative piece exploring the themes of water, womanhood and wellbeing which will become a part of the Mater Hospital collection.

All materials provided. Includes morning tea and lunch.

Water, Women, Wellbeing is a joint project supported by the Guringai Festival, North Sydney Council and The Mater Hospital.

Enquiries: Jess Gledhill 9936 8192