The Blak Markets: Exploring Indigenous Culture in Sydney

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Performers at Blak Markets at Barangaroo

 

Sydney parents, if you haven’t taken your kids to visit the Blak Markets, now is the time to check out when this terrific indigenous event is on.

 

blak markets sydney indigenous culture

Dilly bags and other indigenous weaving at Blak Markets we visited lat year

At the Blak Markets (which are held in several locations around Sydney during the year), you can buy arts and crafts directly from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who make them.

You can also watch performances and take part in workshops. The sorts of things you can find include:

  • Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony
    Dancer Performance
    Singing performance
    Cooking Demos
    Traditional Indigenous Games

We visited the Blak Markets at Barangaroo, here are a few of the things we saw and enjoyed then.

blak markets sydney indigenous culture

A weaving workshops at the Blak Markets

The Blak Markets are organised by First Hand Solutions, a non-profit organisation which is creating hands on solutions to issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Recents First Hand activities include running an IndigiDads and kids camp and IndigiGrow, a bushfoods education and planting program.

blak markets sydney indigenous culture

Jewellery for sale at the markets

 

blak markets sydney indigenous culture

Household and health care products for sale – very well priced too

 

blak markets sydney indigenous culture

There was lots of space for kids to run and play at the Blak Markets

 

The next Blak Markets will be held as part of the National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Fair.

When: Sat 30th June and Sun 1st July 2018

Where: Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks

Check the Blak Market website for info on other upcoming events.

Follow the Blak Markets on Facebook here.

 

The Blak Markets are held several times a year, if you can’t make the one mentioned here then do keep an eye open for the next ones. They are often held at Barangaroo and at La Perouse.

We really enjoyed our visit, eating bush tucker in the city is a great novelty and seeing beautiful arts and crafts plus dance and workshops is terrific.

For us and the kids!

See you there,

Seana

 

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

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