Women of Craft: NAIDOC at Barangaroo


8 Jul 2018


Stargazer Lawn, Barangaroo Reserve



For thousands of years the Barangaroo foreshore has been a gathering place for Aboriginal clans including the Traditional Custodians, the Gadigal. Women of Craft continues this tradition with a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their distinctive role in knowledge sharing, teaching and community life.

The day-long event offers a variety of workshops based around three key themes: craft and knowledge sharing which includes fibre weaving and shell jewellery-making techniques; food demonstrations of delicious home-style dishes you can recreate at home; as well as a dedicated interactive space for kids to experience storytelling, cooking and try their hand at craft activities.


10am – Welcome to Country and performance
10:30am, 11:15am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12:45pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:15pm, 3pm  and 3:45pm – Arts & weaving workshops (45 min sessions)
10:30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1:30pm, 3pm and 4pm – Food demonstrations (45 min sessions)
10:30am, 11.30am, 12:30pm, 12:45pm  1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3pm and 3:30pm – Kids’ workshops (45 min sessions)
10am to 2pm – Bargo Dingo Sanctuary
11am, 2pm and 4pm – Aboriginal Cultural Tours (45 min sessions)
12.30pm and 1:30pm – Movement workshops (45 min sessions)
4.45pm – Closing performance
All day – Food Trucks, Fire Pit


All workshops and activities are free. Drop-in on the day and reserve a place in your preferred session at the information desk.


Welcome to Country
Performance from Buuja Buuja Butterfly Dance Group
10am – 10.15am

Aboriginal Cultural Tours

45 minute tour led by Barangaroo’s Aboriginal Visitor Services Guides
Tours at 11am, 2pm and 4pm

Buuja Buuja Butterfly Dance Group

Movement workshops
Workshops at 12.30pm and 1:30pm

Women of Craft - NAIDOC at Barangaroo Cooking demonstration


A mouth-watering food program celebrating female cooks, focusing on home-style dishes that can be recreated in your own kitchen. Each demonstration is 45 minutes.

Samantha Martin
East Kimberley WA
Demonstrations at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 3pm

Jody Orcher
Brewarrina NSW
Demonstrations at 11.30am, 1:30pm and 4pm

Women of Craft NAIDOC at Barangaroo weaving workshop


The art of weaving has been a part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture for thousands of years. Learn techniques in a 45 minute workshop with experts demonstrating how traditional techniques are used in contemporary culture.

Narmi Maymuru & Gary Lang
Gove Peninsula, Arnhem Land NT
Sun mat weaving and songline story
Workshops at 11:15am, 12:45pm, 2:15pm and 3:45pm

Mimi Aboriginal Art and Craft
Katherine NT
The art of traditional Central Arnhem Region style of ‘Lirr-ppun’ (pandanus weaving).
Workshops at 10:30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

Julie, Markeeta & Clive Freeman
South Coast & South Sydney NSW
Shell jewellery-making
Workshops at 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm  and 3pm

Hannah Gutchen & Wasada Gutchen
Erub (Darnley) Island, Torres Strait QLD
Coconut frond weaving
Workshops at 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm and 3pm

Women of Craft NAIDOC Barangagoo Kids Space


There are plenty of hands-on activities to engage mini makers with 45 minute workshops available for kids up to 12 years.

Sylvia Nakachi
Erub (Darnley) Island, Torres Strait QLD
Damper making and ‘Emeret Tonar’ (banana leaf weaving).
Workshops at 10:30am, 11.30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 3pm

Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Culture Centre
Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal, Derby WA
Make shadow puppets and hear a story from the songlines of the West Kimberley with Mowanjum artists Leah and Cecilia Umbagai, and puppeteer Karen Hethey.
Workshops at 10:30am, 11.30am, 12:45pm, 2:15pm and 3:30pm

Bargo Dingo Sanctuary

Meet the fascinating wild creatures who were once the protectors of community from 10am to 2pm.


Fire pit
Relax and warm yourself by the large communal fire pit.

Food trucks
A variety of food and drinks can be purchased from food trucks, including Raza Central Food Truck.

Farewell Ceremony

Closing ceremony performance from Buuja Buuja Butterfly Dance Group

Farewell from Country
5pm to 5:15pm

Program and times are correct at the time of publishing, subject to change.


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