We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Gai-mariagal peoples on whose land we now stand. We pay our respects to the Elders past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.

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

2018 marks a major turning point in the Festival’s 17 year history. The name change signifies recognition of the traditional custodians and a newfound understanding of the land we all live in. It’s also a process of renewal and rebirth of the Festival.

Because of her, we can! is this year’s festival theme aligning with the NAIDOC week theme.

As pillars of our society, First Nations women have played – and continue to play – active and significant roles at community, local, state and national levels.

As leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates, women fought and continue to fight for justice, equal rights, our rights to country, for law and justice, access to education, employment and to maintain and celebrate our culture, language, music and art.

Once again we have a long list of activities that commemorate, celebrate and create spaces and places for those important conversations to be had. We invite you to come along. Attend a concert, film screening, art exhibition, bush walk, or any of the other great events on offer, all of which have been created for you and yours to enjoy.

Susan Moylan-Coombs,

Caroline Glass-Pattison

and Sue Pinckham

Co-Chairs, Ga-mariagal Festival Committee