It’d been on my mind about helping to get the history scored of First Peoples’ entries in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade, before we older people forget those parts of the history we have experienced – or are gone ourselves along with our memories and the yarns shared with us, by those already gone before.
What started as a plan to pull together a written document of this history, turned into the creation of an online, 3D, interactive timeline of First Peoples entries in the Mardi Gras Parade. www.blackmardigras.net
Twelve months after it’s February 2016 public launch, this social history project inspired Moogahlin Performing Arts Inc to co-produce Koori Gras, a community exhibition/arts event celebrating this community history. (Feb 21 – 26, 2017 @ 107 Projects, Redfern.)
Head curator: Tim Bishop. Co-curators: Liza-Mare Syron and Mish Sparks.
The online timeline is a community-owned site of a community-owned shared history. The project is forever ongoing, for as long as the memories keep rolling in and the Mardi Gras Parade keeps rolling along. This recorded history relies on the input of stories, history, photographs and support from community. Your stories can be recorded on the facebook group page for this site, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mardi Gras.
To go to the website, click on the image.
History of First Peoples entries in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade