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Reimagined Garden Social celebrates First Nations artists and cultures

The Garden Social returns reimagined for an extended weekend celebration of First Nations artists and cultures in The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney from August 12-14.

Wollongong-based guitarist and singer Jesse Manton said he is pleased to have the opportunity to perform at the Garden Social. “The line-up is incredible, and I am super proud to be one of the many First Nation artists who’s performing at this event.”

ARIA nominated singer, Christine Anu, up-and-coming singer Breanna and renowned performer Pirritu also feature in the impressive line-up of Indigenous musicians from all around Australia who’ll perform on the Tarpeian Lawn.

The lawn is part of the Tarpeian Precinct in The Domain, which overlooks Sydney Harbour. It’s from here that Garden Social attendees can kick back and listen to soulful tunes, participate in progressive Indigenous artwork and dig into delicious winter warming food.

Yibaay Wagaan Wiradjuri artists will share knowledge about Indigenous weaving practices with local grasses in a traditional yarning circle – offering attendees the chance to learn about the history of weaving and how the natural materials are culturally used.

People who attend can also make their artistic mark on the Warrane Community Connection Map artwork, which represents the connection between all the visitors to the Garden Social using Indigenous symbolism to show on the map where they live in relation to the Gardens. The map acknowledges that all Australians live on Traditional Aboriginal land.

An open-air bar and several food trucks will provide delicious and hearty eats, including cheesy pizzas from Pizzaology, healthy Agape Organic nibbles, dramatic chicken from The Chicken Theatre and creative GelatoMania refreshments. All can be enjoyed on the lush green grass of the Tarpeian Lawn for a relaxed picnic or around the open-space seating.

The Garden Social is funded by the NSW Government.


When: Friday August 12 to Sunday August 14

  • Friday August 12 – 5pm to 10pm
  • Saturday August 13 – 11am to 10pm
  • Sunday, August 14 – 11am to 8pm

Where: Tarpeian Precinct, The Domain overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Entry: via Macquarie Street (opposite Moore Steps)
Transport: Public transport recommended
Event website: can be found here


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