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NAIDOC Week Fireworks

Welcome to country, smoking ceremony, DJs, and Saturday night fireworks NAIDOC edition!

This year in Darling Harbour we're kicking off NAIDOC Week a little early with a celebration of First Nations music, a welcome to country, smoking ceremony and special NAIDOC edition Saturday fireworks!

Darling Harbour will come to life with music by DJ Naian from 6pm at the Convention Centre Forecourt, followed by a smoking ceremony and welcome to country at 8pm at Cockle Bay Lawn, and a spectacular fireworks show celebrating all the colours from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags at 8:30pm.

The perfect way to kick off an exciting week of NAIDOC events in Darling Harbour, celebrating and recognising the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia. 

NAIDOC Week Fireworks

From 6pm Saturday 1st July


201 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000

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Map, showing NAIDOC Week Fireworks

DJ Naian

Soundtrack your Saturday night in Darling Harbour with the tunes of First Nations' producer DJ Naian! DJ Naian has an immense background in community radio and arts including Coordinator of 2015 First Nations Mardi Gras Parade Entry, Coordinator of 2017 Koori Radio Bluesfest/Boomerang Outside Broadcast, and Program Manager at Koori Radio; and has also hosted on air programs at Koori Radio for over 20 years. Make sure to catch him at the Convention Centre Forecourt from 6pm Saturday 1st July and celebrate kicking off NAIDOC Week with us. 

Smoking Ceremony & Welcome to Country

To mark the official commencement of NAIDOC Week in Darling Harbour, be lead through a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony by community elders at Cockle Bay Lawn on Saturday 1st July 8pm.

 A Smoking Ceremony is undertaken in Aboriginal communities in order to cleanse a space in which the ceremony takes place, so as to allow peace and recognise the importance of the occasion. The Smoking Ceremony is a purification ritual and is always undertaken by an Aboriginal Elder or an Aboriginal person with specialised spiritual and cultural knowledge.