BLACK MARKETS WELCOME FESTIVAL– aboriginal cultural ceremony to welcome newly arrived australians -Sunday April 3

First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation is holding its special welcome ceremony for refugees and newly arrived Australians at its Blak Markets on Sunday 7 May. Individuals and families who are new to Australia are invited to join in a special traditional Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony conducted by Aboriginal elder, Uncle Greg Simms.

 According to CEO of First Hand Solutions, Peter Cooley, “Aboriginal people are welcoming friendly people, and also the appropriate people to welcome newly arrived visitors to Australia.”

 “The day will also be a chance to share stories on not only the hardships but the achievements we share with people dispossessed from their land and forced to leave their communities,” Peter said.

It will also feature a communal heart in art weaving sessions and cultural performances along with its usual array of art, craft and bushfood stalls.

First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation started the Blak Markets two years ago. First Hand Solutions is an Aboriginal charity providing cultural reconnection programs for urban Aboriginal young people and all profits from the Blak Markets are reinvested into these programs.

Open at the new end of daylight saving hours of 9:30am until 3pm, the Blak Markets take place at Bare Island within the Kamay-Botany Bay National Park with the support of the NSW Parks and Wildlife Service.

Entry price onto Bare Island, which is usually only open for tours, is $2.50 per person with children under 5 free.


PROGRAM Sunday May 7 2017


Traditional Fire Lighting and Smoking Ceremony (Free)


Dance Performance (Free)


Healing Ceremony Tucky Cooley


Weaving our Stories workshops so we can share our stories and connect through the #heartinart proejct


 Dance Performance (Free)


Whale Ceremony with Tucky Cooley ($10 Booking required)

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For further information:


Sarah Martin


+61 499 252 599