Celebrate spirit of Bennelong on waterfront

The spirit of Aboriginal leader Bennelong and our harbourside heritage will be celebrated on Sydney Harbour on Saturday November 11.

The celebration will be held at Vaucluse House and is titled the Sydney Living Museum’s Whale Festival.

“The Whale Festival is located on Aboriginal country whose harbour side bays have deep and continuing cultural value and meaning to Aboriginal people,” Sydney Living Museums said.

“The Whale Festival celebrates the annual Gawura (Eora word for whale) migration season with a day of interpretive stories and dance inspired by a series of distinctive engravings, carved thousands of years ago into the Sydney Harbour landscape.

“The Gawura migration signifies revitalisation and birth of a new generation, a unique and ongoing story of Aboriginal connection to country.”

Sydney Living Museums’ annual Whale Festival invites visitors on a journey of interpretation to help understand this special story shared by many different Aboriginal communities.

“Join us on Vaucluse Beach for the traditional Smoking Ceremony by Dwayne ‘Naja’ Bannon-Harrison and Welcome to Country by, Aunty Vivian Mason.

“As the tide of Sydney Harbour slowly begins to rise, experience the significance of the whale to Aboriginal culture through dance performances from Ngaran Ngaran Cultural Awareness and the Djaadjawan Dancers.

“Fred’s Bush Tucker will cook up local fish which provides a cultural connection to the harbour for the local Birrabirragal people, while inside the Vaucluse House kitchen, Sydney Living Museums’ colonial gastronomer, Jacqui Newling will be cooking up some traditional whaler’s ‘pot luck’ seafood stew referencing Sydney’s early whaling industry.

“Be inspired by the whale engravings and create your own scratch art and don’t forget to visit historic Vaucluse House, and take a special tour offering a snap shot of how the products of whaling were part of the Wentworth’s lifestyle over a century ago.”

Sydney’s local Eora Nation will celebrate the spirit of Bennelong and Sydney Harbour’s heritage on November 11.