Winter in the City of Sydney

CREATED ON // Monday, 07 July 2014 Written by // Pip Ditzell

Welcome to winter in Sydney. Monday 7 July marks the start of NAIDOC Week, a celebration of the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and an opportunity to learn about the oldest living culture in the world.

We begin today with the annual NAIDOC flag raising-ceremony at Redfern Community Centre, from 9am to 10.30am.

Then, from 11am to 3pm, head to Hyde Park North for the City of Sydney’s free NAIDOC in the Cityfestival, featuring food, song, dance, art and children’s activities.

Sample some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander treats cooked in a temporary earth oven, hear live music from Newtown-basedsinger-songwriter Marcus Corowa and hip-hop outfit Horrorshow, enjoy traditional dance, or try your hand at seashell art and weaving.


On Tuesday 8 July, visit Customs House Library where Di Stevens, director of Rozelle’s Tali Gallery, will be discussing the artworks being created at the Darnley Island Arts Centre in the Torres Strait. The free talk, from 6pm to 7pm, will be accompanied by a stunning display of fabrics printed with traditional designs. Phone the City on 02 9265 9333 to book a spot.

Learn more about other exciting NAIDOC Week activities, being held until Sunday, by visiting sydneynaidoc.com.au.

Although September seems a long time away, we’re already accepting entries for some Art & About Sydney exhibitions. This year there’s a new Instagram photo competition based on the ‘Australian Life’ theme. Submit an image before 18 September, reflecting life anywhere across the country, by tagging it #australianlife. The weekly top 10 images will be displayed at artandabout.com with the winner awarded $5,000. For more, visit artandabout.com.au/australian-life.

The much-loved Sydney Life photographic competition has grown larger in scale and subject to also include the ‘Australian Life’ theme. Open to amateur and professional photographers across the country, the 22 finalists’ work go on display in Hyde Park, where they are seen by thousands of people.

The winner is awarded $10,000 and as entries close on 18 July, you should start snapping. Visit artandabout.com.au for more details.

Finally, if you live in Green Square and have some great ideas for events or workshops to enjoy with your neighbours, visit the community info hub on Saturday 12 July to meet with the City’s grants team. If they like your community-building idea, you could apply for a grant of up to $10,000 to match your volunteer time. The info hub coincides with the weekly growers’ markets, so you can pick up some goodies while you’re there. From 10am to 1pm, Joynton Park, Gadigal Avenue, Zetland. For details contact Anna Rigg, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

As always, you can contact me on 02 9265 9333 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Pip Ditzell

Pip Ditzell

Pip Ditzell is the City of Sydney GLBT Project Coordinator.

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