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The Garden Social — Celebrating First Nations Artists and Cultures

Sydney's glorious harbourside garden is hosting Christine Anu, creative installations and traditional classes next weekend.
By Grace MacKenzie
August 08, 2022
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By Grace MacKenzie
August 08, 2022
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Whether you're keen on a harbourside drink, a stunning view, an excuse to wander and enjoy the Royal Botanic Garden or you're simply a die-hard 'Sunshine on a Rainy Day' fan, next week's wintery edition of The Garden Social has you covered. This time round, the alfresco event is celebrating First Nations artists and cultures.

Taking over The Domain's Tarpeian Lawn, the event features a sweeping vantage of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. But, the real draw card is the lineup of First Nations musicians there to serenade you. Headlining? National treasure Christine Anu. Joining the stand-out talent is Ngiyampaa singer-songwriter Pirritu, Yorta Yorta musician Madi, Adelaide-based multi-instrumentalist Rob Edwards (pictured below) and many more. For the full lineup and list of set times, check out the website.

You'll also have the opportunity to join in on First Nation cultural practices. There's traditional grass-weaving, sand painting and woodcarving workshops, plus the unique opportunity to contribute to the creation of a Warrane Community Connection Map hosted by Yibaay Wagaan Wiradjuri artists.

The cashless event is your chance to warmly farewell winter. With a fantastic spread of food options to choose from and an onsite bar to keep you watered, the lush green grounds are ready and waiting to host you this August.

The Garden Social hits Tarpeian Lawn from 5–10pm, Friday, August 12; 11am–10pm, Saturday, August 13; and 11am–8pm, Sunday, August 14. For set time details and more information, head to the website. This project is proudly funded by the NSW Government.

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