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.

Gai-mariagal Festival 2022 theme is
Nalawala Ngara
Sit down and listen

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

This year the festivals theme of Nalawala Ngara.. sit down and listen, invites us to commemorate and celebrate together, converse and walk side by side towards reviewing and renewing our future together. There are many events planned: workshops, performances, bush walks and art activities. You are invited to come along.

Formerly Guringai Festival, the Gai-mariagal Festival is centered around significant dates:

• Sorry Day 27th May,
• National Reconciliation Week 27 May- 3 June,
• and NAIDOC Week 3-10 July.

The festival is proudly supported by many organisations of the Northern Sydney region. 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, Avalon Community Library, LC Gallery- Lane Cove, Reconciliation NSW, Frenches Forest Catholic Parish, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Vivid Indigenous Services & the Gaimaragal Group.

To find out what events are happening locally visit the website:

If you are planning an event and would like it included in the festival, please complete this enquiry form:


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