Corroboree Sydney

Corroboree Sydney

20 to 30 November 2014

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

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

The City of Sydney will increase 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 have been pledged by the City to help organisers provide a successful event.

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

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

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


Several major Sydney cultural institutions will 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 

Last updated: Wednesday, 10 September 2014