Celebrating Yuin culture on the NSW south coast.
Winter Night Market Festival
Coming to Narooma Saturday 2 July 2022
The inaugural Narooma Winter Night Markets Festival to be held on Saturday, 2 July will be a huge celebration of Yuin culture on the South Coast, bringing together First Nations people and the wider community through story, song, dance, food, art and culture.
Sharon Mason, Artistic Director of the acclaimed Djaadjawan Dancers, who will be performing on the night, said that the Festival is the first time that Yuin culture has been front and centre at such a major event.
‘While not an official NAIDOC event, the Festival will be held at the start of NAIDOC week which is a time of celebration with our people coming together all over Australia,’ she said.
‘In Narooma, it will be a chance to unite Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and we hope that through our presence and sharing culture we can build more understanding of who we are and where we’re from. The Festival will also bring great economic benefits to our Yuin artists and businesses who will be selling traditional art and crafts.
‘Mostly we want everyone to have fun and get some enjoyment out of it. There will be great Yuin Nation entertainers who will be sharing Salt Water People legends through their music. Our Elders will be telling Yuin Dreaming stories in a special Elders Tent and then inviting and answering questions from the audience.
‘I’m really excited that after the Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremonies the all-female Djaadjawan Dancers and the Muladha Gamara Dancers men’s group will come together in collaboration for the first time. We will also be inviting members of the community to get up and join us in the dance.
‘But I think my favourite part of the night will be the dog fashion show. Buddy, my schnauzer, will be entering in a traditional Yuin outfit!’
Tickets for the event cost $25 for general entry, or $95 for VIP tipi area which includes a package of luxury extras. Children will enjoy the event for free. Tickets are available now online.
Things to do in Narooma
Here are some great ways to discover more of Narooma while you are visiting the night markets!