MEDIA PIC OPP: Today 23 March 2013 at The Block, in Redfern

MEDIA PIC OPP: Today 23 March 2013 at The Block, in Redfern

WHAT: The community will gather outside the Redfern Community Centre for the launch of the City of Sydney’s Eora Journey program and two public art projects, including Welcome to Redfern – a striking new mural that covers an entire terrace house.

WHEN: Today, 2pm-5pm, Saturday 23 March

WHERE: Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo Street, Redfern.

WHO: Lord Mayor Clover Moore, art curator Hetti Perkins, artist Reko Rennie, young local artists and musicians.

Today’s line-up includes (times approximate):

2.15pm: Official proceedings begin with a Welcome to Country by elder Charles Madden, as well as an Aboriginal smoking ceremony by elder Uncle Max and Sean Ryan on didgeridoo.

2.20pm: Lord Mayor Clover Moore officially launches the Eora Journey.

2.25pm: Local elder Millie Ingram speaks.

2.30pm: Performance by soul singer-songwriter Evie J Willie, 21.


For media inquiries, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Jodie Minus phone 0467 803 815 or email

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson on 0427 044 768 or email


Background: A striking new mural covering an entire terrace house in Redfern now stands as a landmark and monument to the neighbourhood’s Aboriginal history, activism, community and culture.

Welcome to Redfern, by internationally celebrated artist Reko Rennie and a group of local young Aboriginal artists, has transformed a Victorian-era terrace at The Block with vibrant graphic designs and murals of inspiring Aboriginal leaders.

The eye-catching Redfern terrace marks the beginning of the City of Sydney’s visionary Eora Journey program and is one of seven major public art projects that will make up the Eora Journey – a trail that takes people to a range of sites around Sydney that are significant to Aboriginal peoples.

The four key Eora Journey projects are: Recognition in the Public Domain (public art); an Aboriginal Knowledge and Cultural Centre; a major annual event; and an economic development plan.

The Welcome to Redfern terrace will eventually house a living museum of Redfern and The Block, which has played an important role in the life of Aboriginal peoples in Sydney.