National Indigenous Art Fair announces packed weekend of entertainment

Published by: The Fold PR | 23-Jun-2019
Toes will tap and tastebuds will tingle as the National Indigenous Art Fair's vibrant two-day program of food, music and dance celebrates Indigenous culture in the heart of Sydney on 29 & 30 June 2019.
Venue: Overseas Passenger Terminal,
Address: Overseas Passenger Terminal, 130 Argyle St, The Rocks, NSW, Australia
Date: 29 - 30 June 2019
Time: Saturday 10am - 6pm & Sunday 10am - 4pm
Ticket: Entry with gold coin donation
Buy / Ticket:
Call: 0499 252 599
The ethical marketplace at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in The Rocks offers the chance to buy artwork directly from Aboriginal artists from 30 remote community owned art centres. Works are sourced from the APY Art Centre Collective (Amata, APY Lands, SA), Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre (Alice Springs, NT) and Tjanpi Desert Weavers (Amata, SA), to name a few.

More than 30 stallholders from around New South Wales will also be selling art, jewellery, gifts, homewares, and Indigenous food and beverages.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the event had grown to be a national drawcard, attracting industry and art supporters from around the country to Sydney.

"The NSW Government is delighted to support the National Indigenous Art Fair - an event that has grown in size and status, reinforcing Sydney's position as the hub of creative industries for Asia and the Pacific," Minister Ayres said.

"The fair is an important event that connects regional NSW with Sydney, and links industry with the public to tell stories about tradition and creativity among the indigenous community. It also aligns with our Aboriginal Tourism Action Plan to promote indigenous culture and experiences."

The family-friendly event program is an amazing showcase of Indigenous talent, with storytelling for kids, live music, Aboriginal dance performances, bush tucker cooking demonstrations, and workshops teaching traditional shell work and weaving techniques.

Event organiser and First Hand Solutions, CEO, Peter Cooley said: "The National Indigenous Art Fair is the ultimate outing. Everyone is invited to join the huge celebration of Indigenous culture, with hands-on experiences, bush tucker, free performances and the chance to meet Aboriginal artists from some of Australia's most remote communities."

Program highlights include, mouth-watering cooking demonstrations by renowned Indigenous chefs, Clayton Donovan, Mark Olive (judge on SBS's second season of The Chefs' Line), and Dwayne Bannon-Harrison from Mirritya Mundya Indigenous Twist Catering.

Visitors will see traditional dance performances by Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness, Jannawi Dance Clan and Wagana Dancers; and hear live music by country singer Maddison Lyn, Western Sydney hip-hop artist Rebecca Hatch, pop-folk-jazz duet Microwave Jenny, and songman Charlie Trindall.

In between sets, visitors can get involved in weaving workshops led by creatives from the Tjanpi Desert Weavers and Gapuwiak Art Centre, and shellwork workshops with Bidjigal artist and Elder Esme Timbery and her daughter Marilyn Russell (Bidjigal). A group of Aboriginal weavers and fibre artists from remote communities will form a weaving circle and work together to create a large woven interpretation of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which will evolve before the eyes of visitors over the weekend.

The National Indigenous Art Fair is presented by the Blak Markets, the social enterprise arm of First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation, in partnership with Port Authority of NSW and Destination NSW, with sponsorship support from Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, IBA, Lendlease, Cages Foundation, and Gilbert + Tobin.

Entry to the National Indigenous Art Fair is by gold coin donation to support First Hand Solutions' Aboriginal youth programs. The Overseas Passenger Terminal is easily accessible by public transport and on foot from Circular Quay. For more information and the full program, please visit

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