WARAMI 2021 Festival

WARAMI a Darug word meaning ‘good to see you’ 

2021 marks the third season of WARAMI, a festival celebrating and commemorating First Nations culture in Parramatta. The festival runs from 26 May to 11 July. 

For over 60,000 years the Burramattagal people have called Parramatta home. WARAMI recognises and celebrates their continued connection to the land and community. Parramatta always was and always will be a gathering place.

It also provides an opportunity for non-aboriginal people to learn and immerse themselves in the culture and traditions of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

This year's Burramatta WARAMI festival has an exciting program of events aligning with National Sorry Day (Wednesday 26 May), National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) and NAIDOC week (4 – 11 July). 

Yuin Byalla In Burramatta “Truth Talking In Parramatta”

Thursday 3 June

6pm – 9pm

As part of Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 June), come to Riverside Theatres to hear First Nations experts and community leaders to discuss this year’s themes of ‘More Than A Word. Reconciliation Takes Action’ for Reconciliation Week 2021.

Featuring award-winning writer Bruce Pascoe, astronomer Karli Noon, Australia’s first Indigenous youth-led climate network SEED – Youth Climate, and more. 

Burramatta NAIDOC Day

Sunday 11 July

10am – 4pm

An all-day festival for the whole family. With live music and entertainment, workshops for all ages, craft activities, First Nations markets, Speak Out Tent (Yuin Byalla), community BBQ and corroboree ground. 

This year’s theme of Heal Country! calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

Parramatta People: A Scientific Partnership

Discover the story of Australia's first cross-cultural scientific partnership, between botanist and explorer, George Caley, and Burramatagal man, Daniel Moowattin, celebrating their significant contribution to science.

Parramatta People: Baludarri, A Burramatagal Man

Learn the story about a young Burramatagal man, Baludarri, who was one of the first Indigenous people to initiate trade with early settlers in this mini documentary.

Burramatta NAIDOC

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last year's Burramatta NAIDOC celebrations featured a range of educational and cultural activities that you could do from home.

Learn some Darug words, watch live music sessions with indigenous artists, hear about First Nations culture and download the Darug ‘Nangami (Dreaming)’ Colouring eBook. 

Warami Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural Walk

In this adventurous short video showcasing an Aboriginal cultural walk in Parramatta Park, learn about significant places and processes in Indigenous culture with Uncle Chris Tobin and Aunty Leanne King.

This easy walk along the Parramatta River is a wonderful opportunity to spend time on country with a traditional Aboriginal custodian, learning about connections to land, plant uses, tools, hunting and other aspects of local culture. 

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City of Parramatta Council acknowledges the Darug people who are the traditional custodians of the land of Parramatta. Council pays respect to the elders past and present of the Darug nation and extends that respect to other Aboriginal people visiting this site.