NAIDOC Week: Hyde Park hosts deadly rappers and crocodile wraps

NAIDOC Week: Hyde Park hosts deadly rappers and crocodile wraps

Sydneysiders can tuck into a crocodile wrap and bush coffee while enjoying live rock, pop and hip hop tunes at NAIDOC in the City on Monday 8 July.

The City of Sydney’s second NAIDOC in the City celebration at Hyde Park North has something for everyone, from families to city workers or visitors, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and crafts.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said NAIDOC in the City was a great opportunity to experience Australia’s first peoples’ and the oldest continuously living culture.

“Everyone is welcome to stop by, listen to live music, enjoy the free entertainment and try some fabulous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander foods for lunch,” the Lord Mayor said.

Hyde Park will come alive from 11am-3pm with song, dance, music, food and market stalls.

Stallholders include Bush Secrets tea and coffee, Naked Flame wraps (including a crocodile version) and the Vegie Patch food truck, which will be experimenting with traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ingredients.

A marketplace will include clothing, arts, crafts and homewares by Blacka Wear, Brothaboy Clothing, Journeyman Leathergoods, Bakarindi Bush Foods, Boomali Aboriginal Arts Cooperative, Boxa Clothing Company, Double Bridge Farm and artist Aloma Sagigi.

Children can enjoy the dedicated Kidzone, performances by Move it Mob Style, comedy by Kevin Kropinyeri, animals from Taronga Zoo and artefacts from the Australian Museum.

The main stage will include performances by Deadly Award winning hip-hop group Street Warriors, indie-pop duo Bow and Arrow and songstress Leah Flanagan.

VIBE Australia organised the event for the City and its executive producer Gavin Jones encouraged the community to attend to celebrate NAIDOC Week in Sydney’s Hyde Park North.

“It’s a day where we can all share our culture, and be proud of who we are – amongst each other and share that with non-Indigenous people too,” Mr Jones said.

“The spirit of NAIDOC brings us together, and culture and inclusiveness is what NAIDOC in the City is all about. There will be something for everyone – families and those just wanting to enjoy our musicians, or even if you want to stop by and sample our tucker during your lunchtime break. Everyone is welcome.”

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2013 is We Value the Vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963, which will mark the 50th anniversary of this important turning point in traditional rights and ownership.

The two bark petitions were sent by the Yolngu people, of Yirrkala in northeast Arnhem Land, to the Australian House of Representatives in August 1963, protesting the Commonwealth’s granting of mining rights on land excised from Arnhem Land, and to recognise the land as belonging to the Yolngu people.

The petitions were the first traditional documents to be recognised by Australian law. They set into motion a long process of legislative and constitutional reforms for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as the nation’s acknowledgment of their land rights.

NAIDOC Week celebrates the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, which grew from the first political groups of the 1920s.

NAIDOC in the City
11am-3pm, Monday 8 July
Hyde Park North


Other NAIDOC Week events hosted by the City:
Redfern flag raising ceremony
9.30am, Monday 8 July
Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo Street, Redfern
The City of Sydney’s annual flag raising ceremony at Redfern Community Centre will include refreshments and transport to the NAIDOC in the City event at Hyde Park.

Aboriginal photography exhibition
1 July–31 August
Newtown Library, 8–10 Brown Street, Newtown
In conjunction with Amnesty International and Demand Dignity NSW, Tali Gallery in Rozelle has curated a travelling exhibition of photos showing cultural practices and art creation in remote communities.

Torres Strait Islander artist talk
6-8pm, Tuesday 9 July
Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, Level 1, 405 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Zenadh-Kes artist Glen Mackie discusses how his culturally-rich Torres Strait Islander heritage inspires his intricate linoprint artworks, which will be on show in the library from 1 July–31 August. He’ll be followed by Patricia Adjei, the Copyright Agency’s Indigenous legal officer, who’ll discuss copyright, resale royalties, and cultural intellectual property rights. Free; bookings essential on 02 9265 7576

Indigenous youth linoprint workshop
2–4pm, Wednesday 10 July
Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, Level 1, 405 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Zenadh-Kes artist Glen Mackie, from the Torres Strait, hosts a printmaking workshop for Indigenous youth.
Free; bookings essential on 02 9265 7576

Aboriginal watercolours talk
6–7pm, Wednesday 10 July
Customs House Library, Level 2, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay
Di Stevens, curator at Tali Gallery, talks about Ngurratjuta Arts Centre in Alice Springs, which supports over 300 Aboriginal artists, with a special focus on the Hermannsburg school artists that continue the watercolour landscapes tradition. There are about 15 artists that paint in the watercolour style, being descendants of Albert Namatjira. Arrive early to see an exhibition of their works on level one, which runs 1 July–31 August.
Free; bookings essential on 02 9265 7576

NAIDOC Week events supported by the City:
Family Fun Day and Aboriginal History Tour, Sunday 7 July, midday–4pm, Glebe Public School, 9-25 Derwent Street, Glebe; phone 02 9566 1285.
Inner City NAIDOC Family and Sports Day, Friday 12 July, 9am–5pm, National Centre for Indigenous Excellence, 180 George Street, Redfern; Phone 0412 206 205.
Woolloomooloo NAIDOC Family Day 2013, Saturday 13 July, 10am–4pm, Forbes Street Reserve, Woolloomooloo; phone 02 9368 1381.

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

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Jonathon Larkin on 0477 310 149 or email