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Festivals in Lane Cove


Gai-mariagal Festival 2023: 26 May - 9 July

A Celebration of the Oldest Living Culture on the Planet

Aunty Time

Tuesday 30 May, Tuesday 13 June & Tuesday 20 June, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Synergy Youth Centre, 8 Little St, Lane Cove

As part of The Gai-maraigal Festival, Synergy Youth Centre partners with other youth centres from the Northern Sydney Region to deliver "Aunty Time". "Aunty Time" is a workshop series that provides young people with a safe and inclusive space to explore and learn about First Nations culture, education, and social emotional wellbeing (mental health). Young people can express their thoughts and feelings, learn about themselves, and unpack taboo subjects whilst engaging in creative activities such as weaving, drawing, and painting. The workshops are open to all ages 11 – 17. Food provided.

Free event

Find out more about this event and book your spot here.

Children's Voices for Reconciliation

Thursday 1 June, 10:30am – 12:00pm, The Canopy Lane Cove

Join us at The Canopy as we celebrate Reconciliation Week. School groups will perform their interpretation of this year's theme 'Be a Voice for Generations'. The event invites everyone to use their voice to share their truths among others. This event includes song, dance and art from local North Shore Schools.

Free Event

Shared Voices: Walk and Yarning Circle

Friday 2 June, 10:30am – 12:00pm, Longueville Park, Stuart St, Longueville

Leading up to Reconciliation Week, we take some time to reflect on the theme 'Be a Voice for Generations'.

Join us for a walk through Country and a Yarning Circle, a traditional way of dialogue and sharing cultural knowledge. 

Hear about local Aboriginal culture and heritage with Karen Smith from the Aboriginal Heritage office. 

You are invited to ask your own questions about our shared histories and cultures and how we can all contribute to a reconciled Australia.

Light refreshments provided.

Free Event

Bookings essential

Animals of the Dreaming

Saturday 24 June, 10:00am – 11:00am, Lane Cove Plaza

Meet amazing native animals, each with their own special character. Hear stories and songs about native animals and the Dreamtime as told by Brewarrina Aboriginal Elder Col Hardy OAM.

Free event

Lane Cove Bush Kids - River Wander

Thursday 6 & Friday 7 July,  9:45am to 11:15am
Blackman Park – meet far end of Lloyd Rees Dr, past playground

Join us at Blackman Park to explore Lane Cove River and enjoy a reading from 'The River' by Palyku author Sally Morgan.

Cost: $10.85 per child (2 to 12 years), adults – no charge

Bookings essential:

Thursday 6 July
Friday 7 July

Aunty Time at Lane Cove Library

Friday 7 July, 11:00am – 12:00pm, Lane Cove Library

Join us for a very special storytime event to celebrate the Gai-mariagal Festival and NAIDOC Week.  Bring your little ones to the library and join Aunties Susan Moylan-Coombs and Caroline Glass-Pattison as they share cultural stories and songs and participate in a craft activity.

Free event

More information to come!

First Fridays with Koori Kinnections

Friday 7 July, 3:00pm – 4:30pm

To celebrate NAIDOC Week, Jess from Koori Kinnections will join us in Lane Cove Plaza to teach us about First Nations culture. Focusing on those lessons passed down from elders past, present and emerging, Jess will also have an interactive activity for children to participate in.

Free event

Check out the full program of Gai-mariagal Festival events today!

Lane Cove Festival - Expressions of Interest for 2023 Now Open!

Lane Cove Festival is organised by a community-based Festival committee and is administered by Lane Cove Council. The Festival aims to support community groups by providing an opportunity to raise their local profile with free listings in the annual Festival program. The 2023 Festival will be held 1-30 September with a program launch event on Friday 25 August, 3:30pm-5:30pm in Lane Cove Plaza.

We now invite you to submit your events to be included in the 2023 Lane Cove Festival program. We are looking to include a wide variety of events to encourage people into Lane Cove this Spring.

For this year's Festival, groups are invited to submit details of event/s that take place in September 2023. Please make sure your event reflects the festival theme 'Celebrate Lane Cove'. This will help to increase the likelihood of your event submission being included.

a.   Please complete the Lane Cove Festival 2023 Event Submissions survey if you wish to have your event/s included in the program.

b.   Once complete you will get a confirmation email to your nominated email address. Please send any photos you wish to include to

c.   If you would like to run an event but do not know how to get started please reach out to Council for assistance.

Please note: The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 14 June 2023

Check out the 2022 Lane Cove Festival program here.

Village History Audio Guide

 Immerse yourself in Lane Cove village's history with a brief and entertaining audio guide that will take you back to Lane Cove's beginnings through to today. 

To access the guide you can download the free izi.TRAVEL app to your personal device via the Apple, Google and Windows app stores or download from the izi.TRAVEL website.

To find the guided walk, search 'Village History Audio Guide' once in the app to discover text, audio, images and GPS tracking to guide you along the walk. 

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