Corroboree Sydney

Corroboree Sydney

20 to 30 November 2014

Presented at significant sites around Sydney, Corroboree Sydney showcased the art and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Performance, film, exhibitions and an expanded school program were all parts of the celebration.

The City of Sydney increased its funding from $50,000 to $100,000 for 2014 and 2015 after the inaugural festival drew 35,000 people.

Free venue hire and waived fees for banners were pledged by the City to help organisers provide a successful event.

Curated by respected Aboriginal curator, Hetti Perkins, this year’s festival targeted an audience of 100,000 and celebrate NSW’s State emblem, the Waratah.

Children from independent, Catholic and public schools met Aboriginal Elders, champion Waratahs rugby players and other identities as part of the program.

The youngsters also hand-made Waratah flowers to showcase in the second Gurung Parade down Macquarie Street. ‘Gurung’ means child in the Gadigal language.


Several major Sydney cultural institutions support the event: Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Blackfella Films, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, State Library of NSW, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and the Sydney Opera House. 


The word 'corroboree' is actually derived from a local Sydney language word 'carriberie', used to describe a ceremony of singing, telling stories and dancing.

The first corroboree documented by early explorers was staged in the area that is known today as Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.

Learn more about our Aboriginal history at Sydney Barani

Visit Corroboree Sydney 

Program guide

Date Location Event
20 November 2014 Macquarie Street

Gurung Parade 

Corroboree Sydney 2014 launches with the colourful Gurung Parade, a procession of school children from Hyde Park to the Royal Botanic Gardens.

21 November 2014 MCA Forecourt

Firelight Ceremony

The lighting of the Corroboree Sydney Firelight is a public ceremony that signifies the official opening of the festival. 

23 November 2014 MCA Foundation Hall

Black Arts Market

A showcase for the works of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and cultural entrepreneurs from Sydney and across NSW. 

21–23 November 2014 Western Promenade Lawn
The Rocks

The Rocks Boatshed

Sitting on the shores of Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority is bringing to life The Rocks Boatshed as a place to celebrate contemporary Aboriginal life in Sydney. 

21 November 2014 Australian Museum

Garrigarrang: Sea Country

This exhibition illustrates the deep connections between Indigenous Australians and the sea. It will reveal the diverse spiritual beliefs, values and complex knowledge systems that continue across Australia today. 

20–30 November 2014 Art Gallery of NSW

'No Sleep Till Dreamtime'

Reko Rennie’s commanding installation combines the iconography of his Kamilaroi heritage with stylistic elements of graffiti and street art. 

22–23 November 2014 Sydney Opera House


A free outdoor festival held on the Western Boardwalk of Sydney Opera House celebrates the music, dance and culture of Australian and international Indigenous peoples. 

25 November 2014 State Library of NSW

Redfern Now Conversations 

Join the stars of the ground-breaking TV series 'Redfern Now' at this free event.

26 November 2014 Art Gallery of NSW

Adam Goodes in conversation with Hetti Perkins

Australian of the Year speaks with artistic director Hetti Perkins about being an Indigenous role model and community-focused leader. 

22–23 November 2014 Australian Museum

Aboriginal weaving workshop

To celebrate the newly opened Sea Country exhibition, learn about the age-old tradition of Aboriginal weaving and create a woven object. 

29–30 November 2014 Australian National Maritime Museum

Bark boat building demonstration

Led by Aboriginal boat builders and staff at the museum, the demonstrations bring back traditional canoe skills to communities. 

30 November 2014 MCA

Family fun day

Celebrate creativity with the whole family. Pick up the Gallery Explorer to discover amazing artworks followed by an art-making activity. 

24–28 November 2014 Various venues

Elders' Circle 

A rare opportunity to join Corroboree Sydney’s Council of Elders throughout the festival for morning tea and a discussion.

30 November 2014 Sydney Opera House

Bangarra celebrates 25 years

In a final celebration of its 25th anniversary, and as a gift to the people of the Eora nation, Bangarra presents a free outdoor performance on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House. Hosted by Deborah Mailman. 

28 November 2014  Western Promenade Lawn
The Rocks 

Black Humour Comedy Night

Gadigal Information Service and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority present Klub Koori, celebrating the launch of 5 new artists with a series of music and comedy performances by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. 


Last updated: Monday, 1 December 2014