Get immersed in Aboriginal culture and welcome newly arrived Australians on a Sydney island usually only open for tours.

Spend a day immersed in Aboriginal culture and wander around the usually tour-only Bare Island at the next edition of Blak Markets. The 'welcome festival' will take over the island on Sunday, May 7 from 9.30am, officially kicking off at 10.30am with a traditional welcome and smoking ceremony for new arrivals in Australia.

After that, you'll be treated to a cornucopia of bush tucker, dance and cultural performances, including a healing ceremony and a whale ceremony. Among the stalls, there'll be an array of Aboriginal art and design. And, if you want to get hands-on, you can sign up to a weaving workshop.

Blak Markets is a project of First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation. "The day will also be a chance to share stories on not only the hardships but also the achievements we share with people dispossessed from their land and forced to leave their communities," said Peter Cooley, CEO.

Access to Bare Island is usually restricted to tour groups, so this is also a special opportunity to wander around freely. If you don't mind autumnal weather, take your snorkel — we reckon it's one of the prettiest underwater spots in Sydney.

Image: Adam J.W.C.

Published on April 13, 2017 by Jasmine Crittenden

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