Gurung Parade kicks off arts and culture festival

Nearly 3,000 children paraded through Sydney CBD in the Gurung Parade to launch Corroboree Sydney – the city’s largest annual Indigenous Festival. The colourful parade is the first of nearly 200 events in the Corroboree Sydney Festival program that showcases contemporary and traditional Indigenous arts and culture.

Starting at Hyde Park, the children walked to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney down Macquarie Street holding their hand-made waratahs and in turn creating a colourful sea of red. Joined by parents, teachers and families, the children enjoyed a picnic in the Garden while being entertained by students from the NSW Public Schools Aboriginal Dance Company, Microwave Jenny, Mi-kaisha from The Voice Kids and the International Grammar School.

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Also as part of the Festival launch, a Firelight Ceremony took place on the forecourt of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. The lighting of the Corroboree Sydney Firelight is choreographed by Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director, Stephen Page.

Corroboree Sydney Artistic Director Hetti Perkins said: “The Gurung Parade and Firelight Ceremony are two exciting events that mark the start of a packed program of largely free events featuring Indigenous artists, writers, dancers and musicians from around the country.”
“We welcome all Sydneysiders and visitors to come, create and celebrate Indigenous arts and culture” said Perkins.

Corroboree Sydney program highlights include:

- Garrigarrang: Sea Country: An exhibition that illustrates the deep connections between Indigenous Australians and the sea.

- Black Arts Market: A showcase of the works of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and cultural entrepreneurs from Sydney and across NSW.

- Corroboree Sunday Family Fun Day: An opportunity to celebrate creativity with the whole family at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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