The Gai-mariagal Festival, a vibrant celebration of the oldest living culture on Earth, kicks off this Sorry Day (May 26) across the Northern Beaches.

Running until the end of NAIDOC Week in July, the festival brings together the community with a diverse range of events. From workshops and art exhibitions to performances, films, and talks, there’s something for everyone to learn and experience.

This year’s theme, “Keep the Flame Alive,” echoes the national Reconciliation Week theme “Now More Than Ever” and NAIDOC Week theme “Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud.” The Gai-mariagal Festival committee emphasises the importance of fostering connections, promoting truth, and building relationships between communities.

Running for 24 years, the showcases the rich cultural heritage of our region’s First Nations people.

Some highlights throughout the festival include:

Free Weaving workshops Manly & Mona Vale – throughout May and June

Indigenous Bracelet Making Manly & Mona Vale – throughout May and June

“County Connections” Art Exhibition – 14 June

Bush Medicine Workshops – 8 June

Warakirri Dining Experience – 15 June

Aboriginal Dot Art Classes with artist Judith Franklin – 19 June

Gai-mariagal Festival

26 May – 9 July 2024


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