Eel Festival 2022
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Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to severe wet weather and the poor and hazardous site conditions of the gardens and grounds at Elizabeth Farm. We have made this difficult decision with the safety of our visitors, performers and facilitators in mind. All event registrants have been notified via email. If you have any ticketing queries, please contact our Bookings team on email email@example.com.
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On Sunday 13 March the annual Eel Festival returns to Elizabeth Farm. This family-friendly event celebrates Parramatta’s namesake, the eel, and its significance to the local Burramuttagal people, who would gather in autumn to trade goods and share stories and food.
The day begins with a Welcome to Country by Rhiannon Wright and a smoking ceremony, followed by a corroboree by Nulungu Dreaming and performances by Gumaroy Newman.
Drop-in activities throughout the day include boomerang painting, weaving and Darug language workshops.
Chat to Darug Elder, Uncle Chris Tobin as he shares his knowledge and stories of Aboriginal culture, or join Uncle Wes at the yarning circle held within the Healing land, remember Country artwork by artist Tony Albert.
Free house entry is included on the day. Explore the house and gardens, join Sydney Living Museums’ colonial gastronomer Dr Jacqui Newling in the kitchen to discover the various ways colonists prepared eels.
Enjoy a meal by Indigenous food providers Kallico Catering and a tea or coffee by Nomadic Cafe.
The day is a wonderful opportunity to learn about, engage with and celebrate Aboriginal culture.
We look forward to you seeing you at Elizabeth Farm.
Budjari Naami Darug Nurawa. Good to see you on Darug Country.
Our museums and places are on Aboriginal land. As we walk together and tread gently on this country we acknowledge the Burramuttagal of Darug nation, the traditional custodians, and pay respect to the Elders, past and present, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Aboriginal people have a deep and continuing cultural attachment to this country and are the rightful interpreters of their history and heritage.
We acknowledge the impact Elizabeth Farm has had on Aboriginal Country and that this impact continues to be felt today. Was, is, and always will be Aboriginal land.