International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), managed by ASM Global, has marked National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week, with the launch of ‘Yarning Circles’ – a celebration of the vast knowledge, leadership and legacy of First Nations Elders, delivered in collaboration with its community partners KARI.
Kicking off this week, Yarning Circles will be held on the first Tuesday of every month until December 2023, and build upon the cultural awareness of ICC Sydney’s team members by introducing them to a range of traditional Aboriginal cultural practices including weaving, artefact making, dance, stories and conversations.
The weaving workshop delivered by Anna Gannon, Cultural Support and Training Specialist at KARI and attended by proud Dharawal Elder Aunty Maxine Ryan, was a unique opportunity for the venue team to learn about the ancient art of weaving, connecting them directly with Aboriginal artists to not only practice this skill, but to converse and learn from their stories and experiences.
ICC Sydney will broaden participation in the Yarning Circles events to now include event organisers and stakeholders that may be interested in also introducing these important engagement activities into their business practices and events, while adding the experience to its Legacy Program.
ICC Sydney CEO and Group Director – Convention Centres, ASM Global (APAC), Geoff Donaghy said his team stood alongside its First Nations community partner KARI and hoped that this project demonstrated another way in which the venue team was committed to reconciliation.
“Our gratitude goes to KARI and the First Nations Elders who have taken the time to share knowledge with our team from our pre-opening period right through to this week’s Yarning Circle.