Walk: Down City Streets is the first in a staged series of events planned for 2015 to creatively engage with the question:
How is Country lived, described, imagined, contested, transformed or hidden through a process of walking in the inner-city suburb of Redfern, Sydney?
Beginning at 11am, Saturday 21 February 2015, Gadigal elder Chicka Madden will welcome us to Country and lead a group of up to 20 invitees on a personalised walk through the streets of Redfern. We begin at Redfern Terrace at 36 Caroline Street and The Block community mural – and will finish the walk around 12.30 pm for a catered lunch with good time to talk informally with fellow walkers and Redfern residents (lunch venue to be confirmed). The afternoon will be spent sharing responses to the morning’s walk.
The group of participants on the walk will be made up of creative workers such as visual artists, writers, musicians, architects, producers, educators and interested others. Each participant is likely to have multiple connections to Redfern, be they Gadigal, other Indigenous or non-Indigenous. You might be a present or former resident of, or a regular visitor to friends and family in Redfern. You might work there or walk a week-day path from Redfern Station to Eora College or the University of Sydney. You may have attended a big event such as Gathering Ground (2006, 2008, 2010) or a Rabbitohs game at the oval in 2014. You might have been there in 1992 to hear Keating’s Redfern speech or marched on February 14, 2012 against Aboriginal Deaths in Custody on the anniversary of T J Hickey’s death. You might have spoken into a microphone at Koori Radio or seen someone you know on Redfern Now. Multiple voices, experiences and expertise, we hope, will help create fertile ground for future stages of the project (together involving workshops, exhibition, colloquium, publication).
* Down City Streets (1991) by Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter.
We pay respects to all Traditional Custodians on whose land we live, work and travel through, in Australia and overseas.