WugulOra Indigenous Morning Ceremony
The WugulOra Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo Reserve is a reminder that Australia’s First Nations people are the foundation of Australia’s story and caretakers of the world’s oldest continual culture.
Every year since its inception in 2003 (when it was called woggan-ma-gule), this ancient smoking ceremony cleanses the way for new beginnings and celebrates the Gadigal people of the Eora nation through music, dance, language, storytelling and ceremony.
2023 marks the 20th anniversary the Australia Day Morning Ceremony, making this year an even more poignant time to pause, reflect and remember.
WugulOra is hosted on Gadigal land and celebrates First Nations culture, language, music and dance, with special performances by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancers and singers, including the Koomurri Aboriginal Dance Troupe.
Addresses will be given by the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of New South Wales. The national anthem will be sung in English and Eora, the local Aboriginal language.
WugulOra is a free outdoor event open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. The ceremony will also be broadcast live on ABC TV and streamed on ABC iview.
Location: Walumil Lawns at Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney