Celebrate NAIDOC Week at The Rocks
Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

Celebrate NAIDOC Week at The Rocks

NAIDOC Week is a chance for Australians to come together and learn more about each other’s culture. See what's happening this NAIDOC Week at The Rocks.
03 Jul 2022
10 Jul 2022

This year's NAIDOC Week celebration - Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! - is an appeal for systemic change and a call to keep rallying around mobs, Elders and communities. Whether it’s seeking proper environmental, cultural and heritage protections, Constitutional change, a comprehensive process of truth-telling, working towards treaties, or calling out racism—we must do it together.

What's on

School Art Exhibition

Admire artworks created by local students inspired by this year's NAIDOC week theme. 


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Badge Making Workshop

Get creative and make Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander badges while learning about the local history of The Rocks and NAIDOC week. 

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Weaving Workshop

Learn the ancient art of weaving with the expert artists and craftsmen from Milan Dhiiyaan. 

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Laneway Cinema

Relax on cosy bean bags in heritage surrounds and enjoy a screening of The Final Quarter, Wed 13 July 7.30pm. 

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Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Tours

Aboriginal Guides will guide participants as they explore the local Aboriginal History of the area and take a journey through the rights and freedoms of First Nations Australians.

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NAIDOC Week Panel Discussion

Join MCA Leader Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Initiatives, Keith Munro, in a panel discussion focusing on the theme of NAIDOC Week 2022

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Poetry on Tallawoladah

Step up and let the words flow as part of the MCA’s NAIDOC Week celebrations. Young and emerging poets and spoken word performers are invited to join an open mic session in the MCA Collection galleries.

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Lunchtime Films at the MCA

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with free lunchtime screenings by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers and actors.

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Online Experiences

Learn one of the oldest languages in the world

Teach yourself the basics of a variety of Aboriginal languages with these downloadable language sheets. Ever wondered how someone said hello 65,000 years ago? Learn the basics of the revitalised languages of the First Nations of Australia with these downloadable resources.

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Aboriginal Film Occupation: Native

Occupation: Native is an Aboriginal Film that aims to engage all Australians in a national conversation about Australian history and what has been missing from our history books.

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Celebrate NAIDOC Week with guided virtual tours

Take a virtual tour from expert guides who will tell the real history of the Gadigal Aboriginal people.

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First Nations inspired shopping

Indigenous art at the MCA Store
Buy original and replica works from some of Australia’s most prominent indigenous artists. The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is the country’s leading exhibitor of modern Australian art. To celebrate NAIDOC Week, take a look at their online store and shop at their huge range of Aboriginal art, including painting, sculpture, silk scarves and much more.
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Experience First Nations art at Gannon House Gallery
Ethically sourced Aboriginal art representing stories told over millennia by the world’s oldest culture. Gannon House gives a rare insight into Aboriginal Art and the world’s oldest culture, with their gallery of locally sourced works. Each piece is ethically sourced from communities throughout Australia and includes comprehensive information about the artist and their process.
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Indigenous art and didgeridoos at Spirit Gallery
View Australia’s premier didgeridoo collection and a wide range of affordable art by First Nations people. The Spirit Gallery, exhibits and sells affordable Aboriginal art from a wide range of first nations traditional and contemporary artists. The gallery is also a hub for local didgeridoo players and hosts Australia’s premier didgeridoo collection, including instruments crafted by the likes of Nathan Burton, Bruce Rogers, Kristian Benton and IDIJ Yidaki.
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Indigenous inspired eats

Pony Dining

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are renowned for their frequent and skilful use of fire - in cooking, keeping warm and controlling their environments. Pony Dining knows a thing or two about fire too, using it to add a touch of flavour to every single dish on their menu. Try their kangaroo tartare with artichoke chips and pepper sauce.

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The Australian Heritage Hotel

Try traditional indigenous meats like kangaroo and crocodile prepared in a non-traditional way on Aussie pizzas at the iconic Australian Heritage Hotel in The Rocks. We recommend washing it down with an Aussie craft beer! 

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The Doss House

In a subterranean heritage space just off George Street, you’ll find The Doss House, one of Sydney’s leading whiskey bars. Grab a dram and try their Native Platter, which includes kangaroo prosciutto, wild boar salami, blue cheddar, bush chutney and native fruits & nuts.

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