Celebrating 60,000 years of culture with our First Nations programme of events and activities.

Warami Festival (pronounced Wuh-rah-mee) is our programme of First Nations events and activities taking place between 26 May and 9 July.

Calling Parramatta home for over 60,000 years, Warami celebrates the Burramattagal people’s connection to the land and community. It also provides an opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to immerse themselves in the culture and traditions of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

Warami is a Dharug word meaning ‘good to see you’. 

Our 2023 programme will kick off with National Sorry Day on Friday 26 May and wrap up with our Burramatta NAIDOC Day festival on Sunday 9 July.

Friday, 26 May, 2022
Free Event

Join us for a day of acknowledgement, reflection and healing as we gather to honour the Dharug people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and civic leaders will honour their legacy at a gathering with Smoking and Welcome Ceremonies and performances.

More information and event times to be announced.

Sunday, 9 July, 2023
Free Event

Explore the rich diversity of First Nations music, food, dance, and tradition at Burramatta NAIDOC Day.

Bring the family for a fun day out to experience the vibrant culture and history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Enjoy live music and dance performances, try your hand at traditional arts and crafts, shop for something special at the market stalls, and listen to the captivating songs and stories.

The theme for 2023 National NAIDOC Week is ‘For Our Elders’, an acknowledgement of the role our Elders have played, and continue to play, in our communities and families.

More information and event times are to be announced.

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First Nations man playing Didgeridoo

Online Resources

Learn the story of Australia’s first cross-cultural scientific partnership, find out about the history of Sorry Day in Parrmatta, and meet the Burramatagal man who initiated trade with the early settlers.

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.