Saturday, October 24, 2009


As hosts of 2042 art on the street, Inner West Cultural Services acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the place we all now know as Newtown. We would like to pay our respects to the Cadigal elders both past & present, and we present this event in the spirit of people like the local young woman named Patyegarang who taught some of the language of the Cadigal to William Dawes, a soldier among the first fleet of British boat people. The two of them seem to have imagined a future where relations between the two peoples could be based on mutual respect; this future is still hoped for by us at IWCS and we have come a way down that road, but we are a long way from there yet. We hope this year’s 2042 art on the street will be seen as a contribution to the journey.

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