The iconic Blak Markets returns to Barangaroo Reserve offering a perfect opportunity to do some Christmas shopping, enjoy free entertainment and tuck into delicious bush tucker in a family friendly setting.
Stargazer Lawn will be transformed into a dynamic open air market with one of our largest markets yet with over 30 stalls selling unique indigenous arts, crafts and produce direct from maker to customer.
Blak Markets are thrilled to continue their Heart in Art program which they launched during NAIDOC and have 6 remote Aboriginal art centres from outback Australia bringing the very best and latest fine artwork to our December market including Rukaji Designs/Mangkaja Arts, Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, Bula'bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation, Warnayaka Art and Injalak art.
The Blak Markets are a great chance to buy authentic unique gifts this Christmas knowing that 100% of the profits go back into Aboriginal communities. From original and affordable aboriginal artworks to handmade beauty products, handicrafts to one-of-a-kind homewares and jewellery, there are gifts for all ages.
Bush tucker is an integral part of the Blak Market experience and this market is no exception, offering live cooking demonstrations with Mark Olive (aka the Black Olive) Indigenous Australian celebrity chef and Bundjulung man who has introduced many to indigenous cuisine through his TV series, Jody Orcher, Ularai Barkandji woman and champion of indigenous ingredients and the National Indigenous Culinary Institute budding indigenous apprentices from the kitchens of some of Australia's top restaurants including Icebergs Dining Rooms.
Arts and craft will remain a focus with the Shellworkers of La Perouse Marilyn Russell and Esme Timbery doing shell-making workshops and Ronnie Jordan doing weaving. The Waradah dancers will also be performing and Larry Brandy Storytellers will present interactive hunting and gathering performances for children.
The Blak Markets are organised by First Hand Solutions and hosted by Barangaroo. First-Hand Solutions is an Aboriginal charity providing cultural reconnection programs for urban Aboriginal young people and profits from the Blak Markets are invested into these programs.
This market we are also proud to welcome Toys Change Lives from Casino. Each toy is lovingly designed, crafted and painted with artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander former juvenile justice detainees who will be attending this market.
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