WugulOra (meaning ‘One Mob’) is a time for inclusion, understanding and reconciliation – a sacred and reflective start to our national day.
The WugulOra Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo Reserve is a reminder that Aboriginal people are the foundation of Australia’s story and caretakers of the world's oldest continuous living culture.
Since its inception in 2003 (when it was called Woggan-ma-gule), this ancient smoking ceremony has cleansed the way for new beginnings and celebrated the Gadigal people of the Eora nation through music, dance, language, storytelling and ceremony.
It is held on Gadigal land year on January 26 and celebrates Aboriginal culture, with special performances by dancers and singers. Addresses will be given by dignitaries and the Australian National Anthem will be sung in English and Eora, the local Aboriginal language.
This ceremony and much of the Australia Day in NSW program is guided by Aboriginal representatives. It features many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists showcasing the richness and historical significance of their culture through modern and meaningful performances. The event is co-curated with the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.
Everyone is welcome to attend, free of charge.