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Blak Markets christmas market at Barangaroo

Nel Naborlhborlh with her weaving. Image courtesy of Blak Markets

Join Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art centres and artisans across Australia at the iconic Blak Markets at Barangaroo this Sunday, 3 December 2017 from 10am to 4pm and get in some Christmas shopping and kid-friendly activities at the same time.

Our Christmas market on Stargazer lawn at Barngaroo is one of the largest markets yet with over 30 stalls selling unique indigenous arts, crafts and produce direct from maker to customer as well as  6 remote Aboriginal art centres bringing the very best contemporary artwork to Sydney including Rukaji Designs (WA), Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre (QLD) and Northern Territory art centres Bula’bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation, Warnayaka Art and Injalak art.

Arts and craft will remain a focus with the Shellworkers of La Perouse Marilyn Russell and Esme Timbery doing shell-making workshops and Ronnie Jordan doing weaving. The Wagana dancers, the only NSW dance group to make the final of Dance Rites at the Opera House will also be performing and Larry Brandy Storytellers will present interactive hunting and gathering performances for children.

The Blak Markets are a great chance to buy authentic unique gifts this Christmas knowing that 100% of the profits go back into Aboriginal communities. From original and affordable aboriginal artworks to handmade beauty products, handicrafts to one-of-a-kind homewares and jewellery, there are gifts for all ages.

Bush tucker is an integral part of the Blak Market experience and this market is no exception, offering live cooking demonstrations with Mark Olive (aka the Black Olive) Indigenous Australian celebrity chef and Bundjulung man who has introduced many to indigenous cuisine through his TV series and Jody Orcher, Ularai Barkandji woman and champion of indigenous ingredients.

The Blak Markets are organised by First Hand Solutions which is an Aboriginal charity providing cultural reconnection programs for urban Aboriginal young people and profits from the Blak Markets are invested into these programs.

This market we are also proud to welcome Toys Change Lives from Casino. Each toy is lovingly designed, crafted and painted with artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander former juvenile justice detainees who who are looking forward to coming down to Sydney and seeing how their product goes Through the program they have gained skills in woodwork, painting and retail  to name a few.

Barangaroo Reserve is easily accessible by bus, ferry or train. Car parking is also available under Barangaroo Reserve via the entry at Towns Place ($12 flat rate).

Source: Blak Markets

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