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Friday 12 - Sunday 14 August 2022

The Garden Social Celebrating First Nations artists and cultures

The Garden Social returns this August, reimagined as a celebration of First Nations artists and cultures.

Join us on the Tarpeian Lawn overlooking the breathtaking Sydney Harbour for three days of live music, food, Indigenous crafts, progressive art installations and traditional demonstrations.

You’ll experience inspiring performances from Indigenous musicians including singer-songwriter Christine Anu, renowned performer Pirritu, singer-songwriter Madi, R’n’B artist Ronnie Smith, and many more.

Participate in a progressive creation of a Warrane Community Connection Map facilitated by Yibaay Wagaan Wiradjuri artists. Learn traditional weaving using local grasses, and experience First Nations cultures with woodcarving and toolmaking demonstrations. See the full program below.

A range of food and drinks will be available for purchase on site so you can sit back and enjoy the lush green surrounds of the Garden.

Entry is free and no tickets are required. 

This is an all-ages event. As the event is in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Domain, we recommend you bring an umbrella for the rainy days and clothing that provides weather protection. There are no cash bars so please bring a credit / debit card for contactless purchases. Free water refills are available at the bar. 

Be seen at The Garden Social and tag us in your pics: #RBGSydney

As a licensed venue, no BYO food or drink is permitted.

When

Friday - 5pm to 10pm
Saturday - 11am to 10pm
Sunday - 11am to 8pm

Price

Free entry

Where

Tarpeian Lawn
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney

Who

Recommended for: all ages

Transport

Public transport recommended. Limited parking available
Program

 5-7pm - Madi
A proud Yorta Yorta Winyarr (woman) born and raised in her home country of Echuca/Moama, Madi writes songs that reflect not only her deep connection to land and culture but also her journey as a young woman navigating the world.
 
7:30 - 9:30pm - Pirritu
Ngiyampaa man and First Nations singer-songwriter Pirritu’s music are gentle, honest and from the heart. Strange and melodic chords frame this songwriter vocal that weaves around his lyrics like a gentle wind.

11am - 1pm - Koori Way
The hottest First Nation acts in Sydney - Koori Way will show you the right way to hear amazing original music, great covers, and top 40 classics.
 
1:30 - 3:30pm - Sharnee
Sharnee is a country music artist on her way to the top, with a vibrant, fun-loving personality and quick wit.
 
4 - 6pm - Pirritu
Ngiyampaa man and First Nations singer-songwriter Pirritu’s music is gentle, honest and from the heart. Strange and melodic chords frame this songwriter vocal that weaves around his lyrics like a gentle wind.
 
6:30 - 7:30pm - Rob Edwards
Rob Edwards (proud Noongar man) blends the finest flavours of soul, jazz, and blues with deep lyrical content. Rob  infuses his passion for culture and Indigenous roots with his heavy influences of John Mayer and new wave soul makers Hiatus Kaiyote, Jordan Rakei, and Tom Misch.
 
8 - 9:30pm - Christine Anu
Christine Anu is one of Australia’s most popular recording artists and performers of all time. She uses her voice and reputation to spread a message of unity and hope. With 17 ARIA nominations, including the APRA AMCOS award-winning My Island Home and her platinum album Stylin’ Up, she has one of the country’s most enduring and recognisable voices.

11am - 1pm - Jesse Manton

Hailing from Wollongong, Jesse writes original music from a contemporary First Nation focus. With deep respect for preceding First Nations artists and his cultural past, Jesse focuses on the future and shares the essence of his being through his heartfelt life stories.

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Ronnie Smith

Ronnie is a talented Indigenous singer-songwriter (Yamitji/Whadjuk) originally from Broome Western Australia and now based in Sydney. He brings listeners to tears with his soulful ballads, parties the house down with gutsy R'n'B and takes listeners on a journey with his unique original numbers.

4 pm - 6:30 pm - Madi

A proud Yorta Yorta Winyarr (woman) born and raised in her home country of Echuca/Moama, Madi writes songs that reflect not only her deep connection to land and culture but also her journey as a young woman navigating the world.

7 pm - 8 pm - Rob Edwards

Rob Edwards (proud Noongar man) blends the finest flavours of soul, jazz, and blues with deep lyrical content. Rob  infuses his passion for culture and Indigenous roots with his heavy influences of John Mayer and new wave soul makers Hiatus Kaiyote, Jordan Rakei, and Tom Misch.

Participate in First Nations art and creative workshops.

Warrane Community Connection Map

11am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday
Participate in a progressive creation of a Warrane Community Connection Map facilitated by Yibaay Wagaan Wiradjuri artists. Guided by an artist, you'll add Indigenous symbolism to the artwork, showing how your unique connection to the Gardens and acknowledging that together we live on Aboriginal land. The artists will also share their knowledge about the First Nations of their area.

Indigenous weaving using local grasses

11am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday
First Nations Peoples have used traditional weaving techniques to create string, rope, bags, baskets, fishing nets and traps for tens of thousands of years. Come learn and experience First Nations cultures with Ebony Carberry, a First Nations woman from Griffith, NSW.  Ebony will share her knowledge and demonstrate different weaving techniques using local native grasses.

Traditional sand painting

11am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday
Learn about the traditional sand painting by the people of the Western and Central desert. Sand paintings are a dynamic way of explaining a family’s cultural beliefs, usually associated with a ceremony and left in situ afterwards. They change over time with the wind and the rain and to eventually be re-absorbed by the earth, in keeping with the principals of impermanence. 

Cultural woodcarving and toolmaking 

3pm Saturday and Sunday
Demonstrations by Milan Dhiiyaan, a 100% Aboriginal-owned company that specialises in immersive and experiential Aboriginal cultural transformative education. The lead cultural teachers and facilitators of Milan Dhiiyaan are Millmullian (Laurance Magick Dennis), a Wailwaan and Yuin man; and Nyimirr (Fleur Magick Dennis), a Wiradjuri and Wailwaan woman.

Ngumpie weaving

11am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday
Take part in Ngumpie weaving with Tegan Murdock. Tegan is a proud member of the Barkindtji tribe originating from Coomealla, Lake Victoria and the Mungo regions from her mother’s ancestors, while also belonging to the Yorta Yorta and Dhudaroah tribes originating from the Shepparton area from her father’s ancestors.  “I wanted to share this beautiful art while bringing community together... I want to use my weaving to break down barriers – so we can sit, connect and learn about each other’s journey while learning about my beautiful culture at the same time”.


 
The Garden Social is proudly funded by the NSW Government