We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Gai-mariagal Peoples.  We pay our respects to the Elders past and present.

First Nations People should be aware that this website may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.

About Us

A little about what we do.

Welcome Welcome

Welcome to another year of celebrating First Nations Peoples culture and heritage in the Northern Sydney region.

About Gai-mariagal Festival About Gai-mariagal Festival

The Gai-mariagal Festival (formerly the Guringai Festival) was founded in 2001 and aims to raise awareness of First Nations People living in the Northern Sydney region.

Story of the Logo Story of the Logo

In 2021, the 21st anniversary of our festival, it was time to renew, refresh and create a new look for the rebranded Gai-mariagal Festival.

Keeping it in the family, Jennifer Moylan, daughter of Susan Moylan-Coombs, created the new logo image.

Important Dates

Happy Birthday to the Gai-mariagal Festival

Happy Birthday to the Gai-mariagal Festival

Celebrating 21 years of honouring country and community Looking forward to another 21 years.   Thanks to all who attended the launch at the Wildlife Retreat, Taronga.  The Gai-mariagal Festival official starts Sorry Day, May 26th and goes through to the end of NAIDOC Week.

Sorry Day

Sorry Day

National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance held on 26 May each year.

National Reconciliation Week 2021: 27 May – 3 June

National Reconciliation Week 2021: 27 May – 3 June

National Reconciliation Week offers people across Australia the opportunity to focus on reconciliation, to hear about the cultures and histories of Australia’s First Nations peoples, and to explore new and better ways of meeting challenges in our communities.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Gai-mariagal clans of the
Northern Sydney Region.

We pay our respects to the Elders past and present.

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Our People

Dennis Foley – Gai-mariagal man Dennis Foley – Gai-mariagal man

Dennis Foley – Festival Ambassador,  Elder and Knowledge Holder

His matrilineal connection is Gai-mariagal of Northern Sydney, and his patrilineal connection is to the Wiradjuri people of the Turon River region.

Susan Moylan-Coombs – Committee Chair Susan Moylan-Coombs – Committee Chair

Susan Moylan-Coombs is Woolwonga Gurindji from the Northern Territory. Having lived on the Northern Beaches for over fifty years, where she has raised her family, Susan calls Gai-mariagal lands her spirit country.

Caroline Glass-Pattison – Committee Chair Caroline Glass-Pattison – Committee Chair

Caroline Glass-Pattison is a proud Wiradjuri, Dungutti woman, residing in Gai-mariagal Country for over three decades.