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Willoughby celebrates Guringai Festival 2016

06 May 2016

Willoughby City Council will host a series of events as part of this year’s Guringai Festival. Held from Thursday 26 May to Tuesday 12 July, the Guringai Festival is a celebration of Aboriginal Culture and Heritage, raising awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People living in the northern Sydney region.

Now in its 16th year, the Festival involves 11 Northern Sydney Councils and many government, reconciliation and community organisations who work together to produce a wealth of events held across the region.

Film Screening: 'Spear'
6.30pm-8.30pm, Thursday 2 June
Chatswood Library on The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood

A film of stunning visuals and intense physicality, Spear follows young Aboriginal man Djali on a journey to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world. Featuring brilliant Bangarra dancers and an evocative David Page score that combines traditional and contemporary music, Spear is one of the most affecting and spiritually resonant films of the year.

Contemporary Bush Tucker Cooking Workshop
10am-12pm, Saturday 4 June
Blend Café, the Dougherty Community Centre, 7 Victor Street, Chatswood
Cost: $10

Join Jess Sinnot from Koori Kinnections for a fun cooking workshop where you'll learn how to make delicious native dishes including spinach pesto, speciality damper and a delicious cake. Bookings are essential.

Aboriginal Cultural Bushwalk
10am-12pm, Sunday 19 June
Rotary Athletic Field car park, western end of Mowbray Rd, Lane Cove West

Learn about the physical and spiritual value Mowbray Park had for the Cammeraigal people and where traditional foods and medicines come from.

Life Drawing with Jannawi Dance Clan Girls, Gapala Yunupingu & Bianka Martin
2pm-4pm, Saturday 25 June
Incinerator Art Space, 2 Small Street, Willoughby
Cost: $10

Bring your sketch book for a drawing session of Indigenous dancers, Gapala Yunupingu and Bianka Martin from the Jannawi Dance Clan. Please bring your own materials.

Gundhay Art: Native Floristry Workshop with Amy Tracey
2pm-4pm, Saturday 2 July
Incinerator Art Space, 2 Small Street, Willoughby
Cost: $35

Explore the beauty and endurance of Australia’s diverse native flora with Indigenous designer and floral artist Amy Tracey, while piecing together a floral arrangement of your own. Bookings are essential.

“This year’s theme, ‘Through My Eyes’, invites people of all ages to participate in events which have a focus on Youth,” said Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney.

“By initiating conversations and listening to perspectives of people of different age groups, gender and races we have the ability to shape our future and to be inclusive of all. Come discover and celebrate First Australian culture and heritage in the Northern Sydney region,” she said.

For more information on events in Willoughby visit

For the full Guringai program of events across all 11 Council areas, visit

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Phone: 9777 7703

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