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Corroboree Sydney to educate more kids

Sydney – WEBWIRE

Storytelling Elders and champion Waratahs rugby players will teach more children about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture later this year, as the City of Sydney doubles its support for Australia’s largest corroboree.

The second annual Corroboree Sydney will showcase the art and heritage of local and NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through performance, film, exhibitions and an expanded school program.

The City will increase its funding from $50,000 to $100,000 for both 2014 and 2015 after the inaugural festival drew 35,000 people and opened with a parade of 1,500 youngsters.

Curated by respected Aboriginal curator, Hetti Perkins, this year’s festival will target an audience of 100,000 and celebrate NSW’s State emblem, the Waratah.

Corroboree Sydney is a fantastic way to share and showcase the amazing culture of the traditional custodians of this land and help give our youngsters a greater understanding of our history,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said

“Events like Corroboree Sydney complement the work we have embarked on with the Eora Journey, which celebrates the living culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Sydney through art, education and an economic development strategy.”

This year, educational packs will share Gorawarl and Jerrawongarla Elder Julie Freeman’s story of how the blood of a wonga pigeon – killed by a hawk – turned the waratah flower from white to red, teaching Eora history to more than 2,000 primary pupils.

Kids from independent, catholic and public schools will meet Aboriginal Elders, champion Waratahs rugby players and other identities as part of the program.

The youngsters will also hand-make Waratah flowers to showcase in the second Gurung Parade down Macquarie Street. ‘Gurung’ means child in the Gadigal language.

Free venue hire and waived fees for banners have also been pledged by the City to help organisers provide  a successful event.

Recognising New South Wales as the home of the largest population of Aboriginal peoples in Australia, Corroboree Sydney will focus on the shores of Sydney Harbour, embracing its significance as the intersection of European civilisation and the Eora.

Activities will also include collaborations with Koori Radio, Sydney Story Factory and local communities in the area.

Ten other organisations, several of which are major Sydney cultural institutions, will support the event from 20 to 30 November. They are Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Blackfella Films, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, State Library of NSW, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and the Sydney Opera House.

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