Artwork by Charlotte Allingham.
Artwork by Charlotte Allingham. Image: Charlotte Allingham
© Charlotte Allingham

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, Ziggy Ramo and Kobie Dee are no longer able to attend this year's event. However, we are pleased to announce that Nooky, proud Yuin and Thunghutti man, rapper and host of Triple J's Blak Out, will be joining the line-up!

Stepping in to save the day, Nooky will be sharing stories of his activism and closing the evening with a live performance.

Ngalu warrawi marri means “we stand strong” in the Sydney language. This popular up late event returns in May 2022 to celebrate the continued resistance and ongoing resilience of First Nations Peoples and features an outstanding line-up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, performers and activists.

Experience live music, spoken word, a hands-on workshop, artwork projections and interviews that will interrogate the way we celebrate national identity.

First Nations voices will join together to share lived experiences of colonisation and reclaim First Nations ownership. Guests will encounter truth-telling and an opportunity to challenge their own perceptions.

Featuring hosts Bianca Hunt and Tyrone Pynor, performances by Nooky, Eric Avery, Kirli Saunders, and Rob Waters, and artworks by Tony Albert, Charlotte Allingham (Coffin Birth), Jason Coulthard and Genevieve Stewart.

Event program

Time: 6pm
Location: Hintze Hall stage

To open the evening, Gadigal Elder Uncle Allan Madden will Welcome guests to Gadigal Land.

Time: 5.30-8.45pm
Location: Hintze Hall stage

Join our hosts Bianca Hunt and Tyrone Pynor, as they present a curated a playlist that celebrates the soundtrack of First Nations activism.

Bianca Hunt will interview contemporary First Nations activists who advocate for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, asking them to share their own personal stories and the songs that inspire them.

The evening will end with a must-see live performance by Nooky – a proud Yuin and Thunghutti rapper, producer and radio host, who has been championing Blak excellence for well over a decade.

Also included in this incredible line-up:

  • Formerly the Co-Host of Yokayi Footy, Bianca Hunt is a proud Kamilaroi, Barkindji, Ballardong and Wadjak woman working to increase First Nations representation in media as founder of AGNT BLK.
  • Presenter of Triple J’s Weekend Lunch and Roots ‘n All programs, Tyrone Pynor is known for his eclectic music taste that spans multiple genres.
  • Yorta Yorta Woman Dr Summer May Finlay is an academic, writer and activist with a focus on national Aboriginal affairs and health policy.

Time: 6.15-8.15pm
Location: Westpac Long Gallery

Join award-winning poets Rob Waters and Kirli Saunders, alongside live performances by celebrated violinist, Eric Avery. Through slam poetry, music and acapella renditions, the acts will respond to colonisation, resistance and the 50th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.

Featuring a diverse ensemble of First Nations poets and musicians:

  • Acclaimed violinist and recent recipient of the Sidney Meyer Fellowship, Eric Avery.
  • Proud Gunai Woman Kirli Saunders, an award-winning creator, consultant and 2020 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.
  • Gomeroi multidisciplinary artist and cultural educator Rob Waters, who has been performing and sharing Story for over 20 years.

Time: 5.30
Location: Hintze Hall

The artworks of the award-winning Unsettled exhibition come to life in Hintze Hall. Immerse yourself in these compelling pieces by leading First Nations contemporary artists.

  • Genevieve Stewart’s animated work Weaving Woman shows healing and self-determination through reconnecting with culture.
  • Tony Albert’s Brothers looks at racialised targeting and over-policing, flipping the narrative to show these men in a traditional representation of privilege.
  • Naarm-based artist Charlotte Allingham (Coffin Birth) illustrations put a spotlight on the willpower of First Nations women.
  • Adnyamathanha artist Jason Coulthard monochromatic line work is reflective of the Southeast Australian cultures that sees Aboriginal men in this region work with straight lines and geometric form, representing the connection between people and Country.

Time: from 5.30pm
Location: Hintze Hall

An artist of Barkindtji, Yorta Yorta and Duduroa heritage, Tegan Murdock and the team from Ngumpie Weavers will host drop-in workshops guiding visitors through the cultural practice of weaving.

Time: 5.40-7.30pm
Location: Surviving Australia

Proud Yugambeh-Minjungbal, Ni-Vanuatu woman and the AM’s Curator, First Nations Courtney Marsh shares her knowledge of fire and its relationship to Country.

Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Location: First Nations Galleries – Bayala Nura and Garrigarrang

A limited offer to the first 45 registrations – bookings available on the night.

Waranara Tours offers a unique guided experience through the two permanent First Nations exhibitions Bayala Nura and Garrigarrang; our guides share their own personal connections, stories and insights into the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in this one-hour tour.

This is a limited offer to the first 45 registrations on the night. MC Bianca Hunt will be located in Hintze Hall to announce when registrations open, available to first in best dressed.

Time: from 5.40pm
Location: First Nations Galleries – Garrigarrang

Proud Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwan woman of the Pilaarrkiyalu Pilar tree Mayi, Aunty Daniella Chedzey will share her story about how the cultural practice of weaving works as a tool for healing in First Nations Communities.

Aunty Daniella will be joined in conversation with Biripi woman Aeisha Saunders, a First Nations journalist, content creator, researcher, and curator.

Time: from 5.30pm
Location: Billabong Waterhole

Immerse yourself in a VR revisting of the Australian Museum's groundbreaking Unsettled exhibition.

Time: from 5.30pm
Location: Museum-wide

An opportunity for quiet reflection. Write, draw and create your own response to the spirit of First Nations activism and the continued fight for justice.

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