Spend a day immersed in Aboriginal culture at a Market dedicated to Indigenous Creatives on an Island usually only open for tours as the Blak Markets festival returns to Bidjigal Country for its final instalment on Bare Island for the year on Sunday, December 3.
Thanks to First Hands Solution Corporation and Randwick City Council, you’ll find a variety of
handcrafted items from Indigenous artists, designers and small businesses alongside homemade baked goods and sausage sizzles showcasing Indigenous flavours and ingredients, and top-notch skincare products and native plants from IndigiGrow. Great for a christmas shop with 100 per cent of sales going directly to the maker.
The lively markets will take over the island from 10am until 3pm — officially kicking off at 11am with a traditional welcome by Aunty Barb Simms and a smoking ceremony from First Hand sSolutions CEO Peter Cooley. There will be dance performances by Djiriba Waagura and singing by Marcus Corowa and you can opt to get hands-on by joining the free weaving workshop run by Malima throughout the day.
Access to Bare Island is usually restricted to tour groups, so this is also a special opportunity to wander around freely while supporting a great cause, shopping ethically and learning from Indigenous creators and sellers. Admission for adults sits at the low price of $2.50, and children under five can head along for free. The Markets are held in Kamay Botany Bay National Park