Ngarrama (meaning 'to sit, listen and know') was an opportunity to reflect on traditional life and celebrate the richness and resilience of Aboriginal culture.
Ngarrama is an annual event held in Newcastle, Australia, which aims to bring people together and recognize the need for a united path forward. The event was born from a conversation between Wiradjuri man and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Nathan Towney, and a non-Indigenous colleague, Sarah Nash, who deeply believed that their own community was ready to come together and commemorate and honour their shared past in the same way as the event known as “The Vigil” in Barangaroo.
This year marked Ngarrama’s second year, and it welcomed over 4,000 people to engage in meaningful reconciliation through truth-telling and historical acceptance. The event aims to acknowledge and address past injustices through truth-telling and move forward together as a community. The event allows people to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and is dedicated to celebrating the rich cultural traditions that have survived since colonisation and continue to thrive today.