Koojay Corroboree Captivates Audience on Coogee Beach during National Reconciliation Week

Koojay Corroboree
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The Koojay Corroboree, a vibrant celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, enthralled a crowd on Coogee Beach as part of the National Reconciliation Week 2023 festivities. Despite the windy morning weather, the rain held off, allowing the captivating performances of dance and storytelling to take centre stage.

The event, which took place on Friday, 26 May 2023, kicked off National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 1 June 2023). This is a time for all Australians to embrace shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and contribute to the national reconciliation effort.

The day commenced with a smoking ceremony led by Tim Bishop to cleanse the area around Coogee Beach and welcome the visitors.

Performers of traditional and contemporary dances that told of the tales of Australia’s First Nations People included the Jannawi Dance Clan, Gamay Dancers (Gujaga Foundation), Saltwater Dancers (Chifley Public School), Warada Dance Group (Matraville Soldiers’ Settlement Public School) and the Doonooch Dancers.

The Koojay Corroboree, first held in 2015, has become a significant event for the local community, recognising the continuation of local Aboriginal culture and knowledge. While the event was not held in 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions and safety concerns, the return of the Corroboree last year was met with enthusiasm and appreciation.

The Koojay Corroboree on Coogee Beach serves as a testament to the resilience, beauty, and rich cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Through events like this, Australia takes steps toward a more inclusive and reconciled future, where respect and understanding prevail.

Published 28-May-2023