Celebrating 60,000 years of culture

Warami is a Dharug word meaning 'good to see you'. City of Parramatta's Warami welcomes all to help celebrate First Nations culture and commemorate significant dates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the Dharug community. Events take place across the city from 26 May to 10 July.

10am - 3pm
Thursday, 26 May
Old Government House, Parramatta Park
Free Event

National Sorry Day is a day of acknowledgement, reflection and healing, where Australians from all walks of life gather to honour the Stolen Generations.

Join us as we listen to the history and stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with a smoking ceremony, performances and more.

  • Smoking Ceremony with Uncle Chris Tobin and dance performances by the Jannawi Dance Clan
  • Weaving workshops with Ngumpie Weaving
  • MC Neville Boney
  • Special performances by Evie J Willie

6pm - 8pm
Saturday, 28 May
Riverside Theatres

30 years on from the Mabo decision, National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) throws out a challenge with its theme “Be Brave. Make Change”, as we come together to learn about and reconcile our shared histories, cultures and achievements.

Join us at Riverside theatres for the second year of Yuin Byalla (Truth Talking) as we explore the theme of “Be Brave. Make Change” and dig deeper into the unfinished business of reconciliation with a number of speakers. The panel will be presented and hosted by Indigenous X

Indigenous X is a 100% Indigenous-owned and operated, independent media, consultancy, and training organisation in Sydney. 

10.30am - 5pm
Sunday, 10 July
Pavilion Flat, Parramatta Park
In partnership with Greater Sydney Parklands
Free Event

Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!  for NAIDOC celebrations in 2022.

NAIDOC Week (3 – 10 July) is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and the City of Parramatta will join the activities with Burramatta NAIDOC on Sunday 10 July.

The event is a family-friendly celebration for the whole community with some great performances, children’s workshops, market stalls and a wide range of delicious food on offer. 

More First Nations events

Acknowledgement of Country

For over 60,000 years the Parramatta area has been home of the Burramattagal people, a clan of the Dharug, who settled along the upper reaches of the Parramatta River. City of Parramatta respectfully recognises the Traditional Owners of the land and waters of Parramatta, the Dharug people, and pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging. We extend our respect to all First Nations people visiting these sites.



The City of Parramatta continues to manage its events in line with current NSW Health rules and restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any important updates to Public Health Orders and NSW Health advise will be posted here. For your own safety at our events we encourage you to maintain distance where you can, where a mask where distance cannot be achieved and maintain good hygiene with thorough and regular handwashing. Importantly, if you are unwell stay home, get tested and isolate.

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