Our upcoming Olive Tree is not to be missed!

In addition to a curated line-up of over 120 amazing creative stalls, The Olive Tree Market will be featuring a very special partnership on June 4th.

In collaboration with The Olive Tree Market, 2 Footprints Indigenous Corporation will host a special cultural event acknowledging the 30th Anniversary of the Mabo Decision.

This pop-up event at Olive Tree will feature performances, cultural workshops, tools & artefacts talks, and art-making for families hosted by Newcastle Art Gallery.

Be immersed in the incredible array of music, dance, art, and Torres Strait Islander culture.

​​Expect amazing performances, cultural workshops, story telling, talks and more.

Invite your family, friends, and visitors to the City of Newcastle for a day of cultural immersion and creativity at The Olive Tree Market

Full program of events for this extra special edition of The Olive Tree Market is featured below image of Torres Strait Islander artist Toby Cedar and Torres Strait Islander Dance Performers.



Acknowledgement of Country and Acknowledgement of Torres Strait Islands Flag Raising Anniversary in the City of Newcastle.

Address from Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes

Cultural Dance Performances- Torres Strait Island Dance Groups

Guest Speaker (Genus Passi Snr) 

Torres Strait Island Dance Group (Sydney) 

11:00am – 11:30am

Symphony Riley musician

11:30am – 12:15pm

Ena Malibu, musician

12pm – 12:45pm 

Uncle Tat Whaleboat will discuss the the 30th Year of the Mabo Celebration and Reconciliation week. Uncle Tat is a direct descendant of Eddie Mabo.

Torres Strait Island Dance Group Performance Kerker Maikuik.

Interactive Dance Performance with crowd


Tools & artefacts talks/Story telling: 

This workshop is set up like a yarning circle where the Elders will share traditional stories and also educational talks on the Traditional tools and artefacts from the Torres Strait. 

Art Workshops and Weaving: 

Traditional weaving workshop using coconut leaves to create take home art pieces 

Interactive art workshop delivered by Newcastle Art Gallery Staff. This interactive workshop will allow the community to take a piece of art that they created home with them. 

Educational exhibit: 

This exhibit will be a display of education pieces based on the history of Mabo. Video loops, photos, reading materials will be supported by Elders talks, providing first hand experiences with Culture and Mabo.


Storytelling/Elders Talks (2 sessions) open seated ‘yarning’ circles with mats for seating.

Elders: Tat Whaleboat, Ellie Whaleboat and Louisa Hood

Session 1 – 11am – 11:45am

Session 2 – 1:15pm – 2pm

Newcastle Art Gallery Art Workshops 

Facilitators: Newcastle Art Gallery Staff, Xavier Passi

Ongoing throughout the day from 9am

(Images from WARWAR: The Art Of Torres Strait Exhibition. Courtesy Newcastle Art Gallery)