“Keep the Flame Alive”


Welcome to
Gai-mariagal Festival 2024

“Keep the Flame Alive”

After a tumultuous couple of years over many seasons that we have all navigated, now is the time to find our balance again, stay grounded, whilst keeping the flame alive.

With this year’s themes for Reconciliation Week; “Now More Thank Ever” and NAIDOC Week, “Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud”, our festival committee has decided this year to continue to fan the flames of what is important to us all.

As communities, organisations and faith groups we continue to do the work that is necessary to keep growing relationships, bring people together and to continue to shine a light on truth.

At the heart of all we do is creating new understanding between the wider Australian community and the Original Peoples of this land. In order for all to move forward we must focus on positive relationships.

We invite you to continue to commemorate and celebrate together, converse and walk side by side towards reviewing and renewing our shared future. There are many events planned: workshops, performances, bush walks and art activities. Please join us and join in.

The Gai-mariagal Festival is centered around significant dates:

Sorry Day 27th May,

National Reconciliation Week 27 May- 3 June,

and NAIDOC Week 7-14th July.

The festival is proudly supported by many organisations of the Northern Sydney region; Aboriginal Heritage Office, Sydney North Primary Health Network, Northern Beaches Council, Lane Cove Council, North Sydney Council, Stanton Library, Willoughby City Council, Chatswood Library, Mosman Council, Mosman Youth Centre, Ku-ring-gai Council, The Wildflower Gardens, LC Gallery- Lane Cove, Reconciliation NSW, Frenches Forest Catholic Parish, Taronga Zoo, Guyabanha & the Gaimaragal Group.

To find out what events are happening locally visit the website: https://gai-mariagal-festival.com.au/all-events/

If you are planning an event and would like it included in the festival, please complete this enquiry form: https://gai-mariagal-festival.com.au/submit-your-event-activity/


Caroline Glass-Pattison and Susan Moylan-Coombs
Co-Chairs, Gai-mariagal Festival Committee

About Gai-mariagal Festival


We acknowledge all First Nations Peoples of the lands on which we live, work and play. We pay our respects to all Elders past and present.

Sorry Business

We acknowledge the passing and contributions of those members of the local community who are no longer with us to celebrate in the Gai-mariagal Festival.

The Gai-mariagal Festival

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

The festival starts on Sorry Day, 26 May and goes through to the end of NAIDOC Week; the second week in July each year. The festival committee includes Local Government, other agencies, businesses and numerous community groups. Events include workshops, art exhibitions, performances, films, talks and more.

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

We acknowledge the original custodians of the land, the Gai-mariagal clans of the Northern Sydney Region.  We pay our respects to the Elders past and present.