Monday, 26 January 2009

Australia Day


Photo: On the way to Woggan-ma-gule, the NSW Governor, Professor Marie Bashir, and Clarence Slockee
One of the best places to start Australia Day is Farm Cove in the Royal Botanic Gardens at 8 am. Woggan-ma-gule, an Aboriginal performance on a site with a long history of Aboriginal ceremony and dance, is a poignant and pithy reminder of the country’s Indigenous culture.

Music, dance, song, poetry and words of reflection – Woggan-ma-gule has it all. Before the boats start churning up the harbour and the BBQs are lit, this is the perfect way to start our yearly contemplation of a nation.
This year the number of people attending seemed a little lower although they were estimated at 1000 and some people thought numbers were up. In any case, a moving event as always.

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