Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - WHAT'S ON -

IT is a big week­end for cel­e­brat­ing indige­nous cul­ture – mu­sic, dance, food, work­shops and mar­kets as Homeground hits the Syd­ney Opera House. Homeground is a free out­door event to give Syd­neysiders a taste of Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture. It is also a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case the tal­ent of peo­ple from re­mote com­mu­ni­ties. Lis­ten to the soul­ful rock vo­cals of some of the world’s best emerg­ing and es­tab­lished indige­nous artists and dancers, both lo­cal and world­wide. Along­side per­for­mances there will be in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing weav­ing work­shops, Maori heal­ing and arts mar­kets as well as a free cul­tural tour of the Syd­ney Opera House (Ben­ne­long Tour). One of the high­lights will be the indige­nous Dance Rites com­pe­ti­tion, where dancers travel from wide­spread com­mu­ni­ties to per­form and help pre­serve their an­cient cul­tures. Dance groups in­clud­ing Ex­cel­sior and Aus­tralia’s Na­tional Indige­nous Dance Col­lege will hit the stage as well. Food will be pre­pared by Clay­ton Dono­van, Aus­tralia’s most ac­claimed and only hat­ted indige­nous chef.

Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 8, and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 9, Syd­ney Opera House, free event, syd­ney­op­er­a­

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