Corroborree Festival Sydney – Art Gallery of NSW in November

Bari - saltwater crocodile c1987 © Dorothy Djukulul/Bula'bula Arts. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney courtesy Art Gallery NSW

Corroboree, a festival to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in the heart of Sydney will be at the Art Gallery of NSW 14th – 24th November, 2013

Talks, tours, workshops, music, food and film will be the order of the day. Judy Watson, Wayne Blair and Hetti Perkins will help others to celebrate our rich Indigenous culture. Michael Brand, director of the Gallery, said: I am honoured that the Gallery can play such a significant role in this festival for what promises to be such a culturally enriching experience for visitors…’ He will reflect on the significance of the historic Pukumani poles from Melville Island followed by a sneak preview of the extraordinary crayon drawings featured in the upcoming exhibition Yirrkala drawings with curator Cara Pinchbeck.

Festival weekends feature talks by Gallery experts and artists and film director Wayne Blair will introduce a free screening of his acclaimed movie The Sapphires on Saturday 23 November. There will be free daily guided tours of with Indigenous Gallery educators, plus there will be live music in the cafe where you can sample a special bushfood menu. Brand notedthe festival will be enormously popular as there is such interest in Indigenous art and culture by both Australians and International visitors.

Highlights of the festival include Ngununy the cheeky fruit bat for children and families and the presentation of Illuminate. This will be an immersive installation created with paper, light and sound. To coincide with Corroboree, the Gallery will also launch Indigenous Australian: Art Gallery of New South Wales, a new app for iPad. Corroboree Sydney Festival 14-24 Nov 2013 – Art Gallery of NSW 16-24 Nov 2013

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