Corroboree Sydney

Corroboree Sydney

14 to 24 November 2013

Presented at significant sites around Sydney Harbour, Corroboree Sydney offers a unique experience of Indigenous culture.

Corroboree Sydney is the time and place to watch and listen, or sing and dance! You're invited to join the celebration.


Over 11 days and nights in November 2013, leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, writers, dancers and musicians will showcase their creativity and share their stories.

Begin your journey in Walsh Bay, end it at the Australian Museum and take in everywhere else in between.

Corroboree Sydney comes alive around the city and harbour foreshore with Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australian Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, State Library of NSW and the Art Gallery of NSW all presenting tailored programs.


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.

Program highlights

Archie Roach, Opening Night Corroboree Club
Friday 15 November 2013: Pier 2/3

Multi-award winner and much-loved Archie Roach will open the festival. Recently honoured with a lifetime contribution award at this year’s Deadlys, Archie will showcase his new CD 'Creation', featuring both new and never before released tracks plus a selection of re-mastered tracks from his first 4 highly-acclaimed albums recorded between 1990 and 2002.

Wagga Wagga Weavers at The Black Arts Market
Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 November 2013: Pier 2/3

Meet the amazingly talented women from the Wagga Wagga Weavers along with more than 30 different artists and community groups from Broken Hill to Ballina in Sydney to present their artworks for sale, many for the first time, at one of the most extensive collections of grass-roots Indigenous artworks and crafts. 

Workshop with Euraba Papermakers at The Art Gallery NSW
Saturday 16 November 2013

Join the Euraba Artists and Papermakers collective to explore ideas of home, memory and community in this paper-based art-making workshop in association with Illuminate, their immersive installation created with paper, light and sound, on display in the Yiribana Gallery. 

The Darkside - Corroboree Cinema
16,17 and 19 November 2013: Pier 2/3

The highly anticipated first Sydney screening of Warwick Thornton’s new film, 'The Darkside', a collection of true Indigenous ghost stories starring Deborah Mailman, Claudia Karvan, Bryan Brown, Shari Sebbens, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.


Corroboree Sydney

Last updated: Tuesday, 29 October 2013