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May 3, 2017 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Sovereign Hill has been announced as a finalist in this year’s Community HART (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together) Awards for their Gnarrwirring Ngitj (Learning Together) Festival, which took place for the first time last May 2016.

The Community HART Awards recognise local government and community organisations that are working to advance reconciliation in Victoria, and that demonstrate Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people working together, and initiatives that have contributed to relationships, respect and understanding.

An award ceremony will be held during Reconciliation Week on Friday 2nd June at the Koorie Heritage Trust in Federation Square where winners will receive a prize in addition to the award. The community organisation winner will also be awarded $1000 to support their reconciliation initiatives.

Sovereign Hill’s Gnarrwirring Ngitj Festival was held in partnership with the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation (trading as Wadawurrung) last May and aimed to deepen Australians’ understanding of our shared history.

The Festival included a number of events to celebrate Aboriginal stories, traditions and history, as well as the important contribution that Aboriginal people made to the goldfields. A key highlight of the Festival was a Corroboree, held at Sovereign Hill, featuring Wadawurrung dance and song performed by firelight.

“Sovereign Hill is thrilled to be a finalist in the Community HART awards,” says Sovereign Hill CEO Jeremy Johnson. “Indigenous people contributed greatly to the history of the goldfields, and we’re proud that the Gnarrwirring Ngitj Festival celebrates the richness and importance of Aboriginal culture.”

Tickets for the 2017 Gnarrwirring Ngitj Festival (26th May – 3rd June), which will include a Gourmet Wadawurrung Dinner, guided tours to learn about Aboriginal experiences on the goldfields, and the highly anticipated Corroboree, are now available at

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