Oorala 30 Open Day

Yellow, red and black hands cut outs on sticks placed in a circular pattern on a lawn

An Indigenous education and community event with lots of great entertainment

Date: Tue 31st Oct 2017 10:00am-3:00pm

Location: Graduates' Walk and the Oorala Aboriginal Centre
Contact: Tess Cullen  tcullen6@une.edu.au 6773 1702

The fun truly begins! Everyone is invited to join us in placing a hand in the ground to create a Sea of Hands in support of reconciliation while taking time to savour all that Oorala 30 Open Day has to offer.


  • Performances by Isaiah Firebrace, Roger and Buddy Knox, Christian Sternbeck, BackTrack – Paws Up, and the Duval Deadly Dancers
  • Cooking Demonstrations with Clayton Donavan
  • Weaving, Painting and Flint Knapping Workshops
  • Storytime, a Sea of Hands, and painting for kids
  • A film and a talk on the importance of language
  • Oorala Art Exhibition and 30-Year Slideshow
  • Museums and tours
  • and plenty of food.

Isaiah FirebraceIsaiah Firebrace performs

X Factor winner and Australia’s Eurovision entry, Isaiah Firebrace (pictured right), will be our special guest and will perform at the Oorala 30 Open Day at UNE. The boy from Moama has been transformed from a small town singer to one of Australia’s most successful artists. Isaiah, who loves the energy of the crowd, will surely win the hearts of Armidale when he performs as part of this Celebrating 30 Years event.

Cooking demos with Clayton Donovan

Clayton Donovan, hatted chef and bush food evangelist, will be sure to tempt you with his cooking demonstrations. Clayton started learning about native produce when he was four years old while walking with his aunties and grandmothers. He believes cooking is one of the oldest rituals we've got and it brings families & communities together. At the Oorala kitchen he will share his passion and love for Australian bush tucker with his exciting fusion of flavours.

Locals and visitors have the chance to join in the celebration of Oorala’s 30 Years. Take a break from your routine and join us at the University of New England for a fun-filled community event.

It will be well worth the visit.

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