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The NAIDOC Week events happening in Sydney: ‘Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!’


Sydney will see an array of events for NAIDOC Week in 2022. Photo: City of Sydney.


This years NAIDOC week will be marked with a series of events being held all over Sydney, to celebrate the history and culture of First Nations peoples. The theme for 2022 NAIDOC  is ‘Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!’.

NAIDOC Week Poster

This years NAIDOC poster by artist Ryhia Dank. Photo:

Here are some of the celebrations and events on in Sydney this week:

Performance on history between Indigenous Australians and Indonesia

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is holding a music and dance performance titled ‘Centuries of Friendship‘, which will be “celebrating the rich history between the Australian Indigenous people of the Northern Territory and the people of Macassar”.

The performance is being presented by the Indonesian Community Council of NSW, and will be held in the Verbrugghen Hall at the conservatorium on July 9.

Sydney 2022 NAIDOC Ball

While the City of Sydney is hosting many events, including a celebration in Hyde Park and rights and freedom tour through the Royal Botanic Garden, the week will be topped off with a ball at Sydney Town Hall. The ball will boast a red carpet and a 16 piece ensemble orchestra to support a “line-up of First Nations performers”.

Koori Radio will be hosting the ball on Saturday July 9, where attendees can celebrate the end of NAIDOC week.

‘Heart in Art’ at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf

Woollahra Council is collaborating with First Hand Solutions to put on the ‘Heart in Art’ exhibition which will include “painting, works on paper, sculpture, video and ceramic works from leading art centres in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia”.

The exhibition will have works from a huge line-up of First Nations artists and organisations, as well as a special talk by Peter Cooley, CEO of First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation on July 9.

Peter Cooley

CEO of First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation Peter Cooley. Photo: Woollahra Council.

‘Heart in Art’ will close on July 10, and admission to the exhibition is free.

Art Gallery of NSW hosts ‘Art After Hours’

The Art Gallery of NSW is inviting the public inside after hours for music and poetry performances on Thursday July 6. An art-making workshop is also being held for families between Sunday July 3 and Friday July 8, inspired by the works of Daniel Boyd.

NAIDOC Week 2022 runs from Sunday July 3 to Sunday July 10.

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