The iconic Blak Markets returns to Barangaroo Reserve on Sunday 3 December, from 10am to 4pm, offering a perfect opportunity to do some Christmas shopping, enjoy free entertainment and some delicious bush tucker. With over 30 stalls selling Indigenous arts, crafts and produce direct from maker to customer, the Blak Markets are a great chance to buy authentic unique gifts knowing that 100% of the profits go back into Aboriginal communities.
An extension of their Heart in Art program, which they launched during NAIDOC, Blak Markets presents six remote Aboriginal art centres from outback Australia – Rukaji Designs/Mangkaja Arts, Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, Bula’bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation, Warnayaka Art and Injalak art.
The one-day event offers live cooking demonstrations with Mark Olive (aka the Black Olive), an Indigenous Australian celebrity chef and Bundjulung man who has introduced many to Indigenous cuisine through his TV series, Jody Orcher, Ularai Barkandji woman and champion of Indigenous ingredients, and the National Indigenous Culinary Institute budding indigenous apprentices from the kitchens of some of Australia’s top restaurants including Icebergs Dining Rooms.
The Shellworkers of La Perouse, Marilyn Russell and Esme Timbery, will conduct shell-making workshops, and Ronnie Jordan will teach weaving skills. The Waradah dancers will perform and Larry Brandy Storytellers will present interactive hunting and gathering performances for children; while Toys Change Lives from Casino presents artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander former juvenile justice detainees, each toy designed, crafted and painted with great love and care.