First Nations Arts and Events

BLAK MARKETS @ BARE ISLAND LA PEROUSE

Join Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artisans at the iconic Blak Markets at Bare Island La Perouse Sunday, February 24 from 9:30am to 3pm.

Arts and Craft have always been a focus at the Blak Markets and this market will have the famous shellworkers from La Perouse, Auntie Esme Timbery and Marilyn Russell doing a shellwork workshop and selling their art.

This market will also feature Native plants including bushfoods, which are being developed by Indigigrow, the other social enterprise arm of the charity who runs the Blak Markets.

The Blak Markets are a great chance to buy authentic unique gifts knowing that 100% of the profits go back into Aboriginal communities. The Blak Markets feature authentic, original and affordable Aboriginal artworks, beauty products and one-of-a-kind homewares and jewellery as well as Indigenous inspired food and refreshments.

Along with a dance performance, Aboriginal singer/songwriter, Maddi Lyn who has a deep passion for Country Music will be singing on the day, along with a interactive session for the kids with Larry Brandy Storytellers.

DATES
24 February, 12 May, 29 September, 15 December Bare Island La Perouse

For more about Blak Markets, visit https://blakmarkets.com/
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FOUR WINDS: NEXT ITERATION OF BLAKBOX COMING FOR SYDFEST19

UTP: BlakBox
Photo Credit: Barton Taylor

Urban Theatre Projects (UTP) will be installing its surround-sound pavilion, BLAK BOX at Blacktown Showground Precinct in the heart of Western Sydney, in partnership with Sydney Festival and Blacktown Arts.

The state-of-the-art surround-sound space captured the imagination of Sydney-siders when unveiled earlier this year at Barangaroo and now a brand-new program of works – FOUR WINDS – has been curated by Daniel Browning with elders, young people and musicians from Blacktown, Australia’s most populous urban First Peoples community.  FOUR WINDS draws on the oral history and speculative future of Blacktown and Greater Western Sydney from the perspective of Blacktown Elders and teenagers. Continue reading FOUR WINDS: NEXT ITERATION OF BLAKBOX COMING FOR SYDFEST19

NAISDA: STORYPLACE. AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR

Frances Rings: Photo by Jamie James

NAISDA Dance College, Australia’s premier Indigenous dance college, is partnering with Carriageworks for a fifth consecutive year from Wednesday November 21 to Saturday November 24 to present STORYPLACE. NAISDA’s 2018 Sydney season honours Indigenous women and the ” female creative force inherent in our landscape, art and stories and alive within the spirit of our young women today.”

The Guide had a chance to speak with the director: NAISDA’s Head of Creative Studies, Frances Rings.

SAG:                      It’s such a pleasure to speak with you.  I love the work of NAISDA and look forward to the showcase each year but some of our readers may not be aware. I wonder if we could start the beginning, if you could tell us a little bit about your wonderful college and the stunning work you do.

FRANCES:            NAISDA is a training organisation, an RTO. We train Indigenous students in all areas of dancing and performing arts. There’s formal training in units such as ballet, contemporary, urban, tumbling and also we have other units such as critical and creative thinking, dance on film and theory based units such as composition. We also do cultural dance from the mainland and from the Torres Strait Islands. Continue reading NAISDA: STORYPLACE. AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR

THE WOMEN OF CHASING SMOKE: GENTLY HELD WHISPS

Images from :CHASING SMOKE

Playing as part of the Sydney Fringe, THE WOMEN OF CHASING SMOKE  is under the aegis of contemporary circus company Casus, an organization respected Australia-wide for the quality of their development of thematic content inside the form.  The parent production, CHASING SMOKE, is a larger show which was “born out of Circus Oz’s BLAKflip, a program that nurtures and actively increases the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander circus artists on stages in Australia and across the globe.”  This incarnation is the women of that show and it is blazingly femalecentric in strength and lyricism.

It begins with a tour of ‘Aborigine World’ from a hostess who is dressed in a colourful and very charming 50s tea-length, full skirt, swing dress.  As two women of colour do the huddle and look sad thing in their grey ill-fitting costumes on centre stage, our hostess re-introduces us to our historical misperceptions.  It’s a confronting beginning if you have time to really think about it but this show will move fast, morph easily into new skill based scenes and flow gracefully to express the lived experience modern indigenous women. Continue reading THE WOMEN OF CHASING SMOKE: GENTLY HELD WHISPS

BLAK MARKETS AT BARE ISLAND SPRING FESTIVAL

Blak Markets will be back at Bare Island on Sunday the 30th of September from 9:30am till 4:00pm with all of their festivities.

Program
09:30 Blak Markets Open
10:00 Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony
10:30 Weaving Workshop All day
10:45 Cultural Dance performance by
11:00 Acoustics performance
11:00 Tucky Cooley's Whale Ceremony
12:00 Bush Food Cooking Demonstration 30mins
13:00 Tucky Cooley's Healing Workshop
14:00 Acoustics performance
14:30 Cultural Dance performance
16:00 Gates Closed

Sponsored by Randwick City Council.  30th September, 9:30am till 4:00pm. Entry Fee $2.50 for anyone over the age of 5. Children under 5 free

THE BLAK MARKETS [Facebook]  take place at Bare Island within the Kamay-Botany Bay National Park with the support of the NSW Parks and Wildlife Service.

Blak Markets Father’s Day @ Centennial Park

Celebrate the great men in your life at the Father’s Day Festival! Bring your dad, grandad, uncles and brothers and spend the day enjoying the Blak Markets in the Parklands. Taste bush food fresh from the BBQ, join an artist workshop to learn traditional arts and crafts, watch a warrior dance and so much more. And if you’re up for it come along for the IMF Warrior Run in the morning.

DATE
02/09/2018 9:00am – 3:00pm at Centennial Park

For more about Blak Markets Father’s Day, visit https://blakmarkets.com/
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MALI DHARNGURR PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION: CELEBRATING STORIES OF STRONG INDIGENOUS WOMEN

All photographs: Adjunct Professor Wayne Quilliam.

I’m going to get lost was my first thought when invited to review the MALI DHARNGURR PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION:  Celebrating the Stories of Strong Indigenous Women at International Towers. What a pleasure I would have missed out on had my first instincts prevailed.  This is a superb exhibition of faces that carry the pride and power of indigenous women. Currently showing in the foyer of Tower 3 and soon to be expanded to Tower 2, there are 37 pieces of work from renowned photographer Professor Wayne Quillam. Continue reading MALI DHARNGURR PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION: CELEBRATING STORIES OF STRONG INDIGENOUS WOMEN

ICONIC BLAK MARKETS THIS WEEKEND AT NCIE REDFERN

Join Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artisans at the iconic BLACK MARKETS at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) 180 George St, Redfern on Sunday 27 May from 8:00am – 2:00pm.

The Blak Markets feature authentic, original and affordable Aboriginal artworks, beauty products, one-of-a-kind homewares and jewellery as well as Indigenous inspired food and refreshments. Continue reading ICONIC BLAK MARKETS THIS WEEKEND AT NCIE REDFERN

BLAK MARKETS IS ON AGAIN SUNDAY

 

The Blak Markets is a great chance to buy art and products directly from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who made them in the knowledge that the profit goes back to Indigenous communities.

Blak Markets will be held at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence [Facebook] on Sunday 11th of March and will also feature an exhibition and panel discussion  ‘At the Heart of Sport‘. Continue reading BLAK MARKETS IS ON AGAIN SUNDAY

BLAK MARKETS RETURN TO BARANGAROO

The iconic Blak Markets return to Barangaroo Reserve on Sunday, 3 December from 10am to 4pm, offering a perfect opportunity to do some Christmas shopping, enjoy free entertainment and tuck into delicious bush tucker in a family friendly setting.

Stargazer Lawn will be transformed into a dynamic open-air market with more than 30 stalls selling unique indigenous arts, crafts and produce direct from maker to customer.

The Blak Markets are a great chance to buy locally made unique gifts this Christmas knowing that 100% of the profits go back into Aboriginal communities.

From original and affordable aboriginal artworks to handmade beauty products, handicrafts to one-of-a-kind homewares and jewellery, there are gifts for all ages.

Blak Markets are thrilled to have 3 remote Aboriginal art centres from outback Australia bringing the very best and latest fine artwork to their December market.

Bush tucker is an integral part of the Blak Market experience and this market is no exception, offering 3 live cooking demonstrations with:

Mark Olive (aka the Black Olive) Indigenous Australian celebrity chef and Bundjulung man who has introduced many to indigenous cuisine through his TV series
Jody Orcher, Ularai Barkandji woman, Aboriginal Education Coordinator at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and champion of indigenous ingredients.

NICI apprentices showcasing their culinary skills (National Indigenous Culinary Institute (NICI) program places budding indigenous apprentices in the kitchens of some of Australia’s top restaurants including Rockpook, Aria, Icebergs Dining Rooms and Catalina)

The Blak Markets are organised by First Hand Solutions and hosted by Barangaroo. First Hand Solutions is an Aboriginal charity providing cultural reconnection programs for urban Aboriginal young people and profits from the Blak Markets are invested into these programs.

Barangaroo Reserve is easily accessible by bus, ferry or train. Car parking is also available under Barangaroo Reserve via the entry at Towns Place ($12 flat rate).

For more information about the Blak Markets at Barangaroo

www.barangaroo.com

DATE FOR THE DIARY

3 DECEMBER 2017 10AM-4PM

For more about BLAK MARKETS RETURN TO BARANGAROO, visit http://www.barangaroo.com
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