Indigenous culture to be celebrated at Australian Open First Nations Day
The world's longest continuous living culture will be celebrated on First Nations Day at Australian Open 2023.
The Australian Open will celebrate the world’s longest continuous living culture on First Nations Day with a packed program of art, food and performances, on Wednesday 18 January 2023.
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Evonne Goolagong Cawley and three-time Grand Slam champion and proud Ngarigo woman Ash Barty will both participate in First Nations Day, which is now a permanent feature of the Australian Open following the huge success of the inaugural event in 2022.
A 14-strong First Nations ballkid squad will also take to the courts at the Australian Open, with the team selected from across the country during trials at the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival in Darwin and training sessions in Victoria.
“First Nations Day at AO 2023 is going to be fantastic,” Wurundjeri Senior Elder Aunty Joy Murphy AO said.
“Tennis Australia has worked hand-in-hand with our community to recognise and value Aboriginal people and culture. Each year gets better and better and I am so excited about the diversity of activations.”
Tennis Australia supports the Uluru Statement of the Heart and encourages the national conversation to continue to ultimately formalise a lasting and appropriate voice for First Nations people to the national parliament.
Inclusion rests at the heart of our sport. With the intention of honouring our proud First Nations sporting heritage, our aim is to continue to work closely with members, players and Indigenous elders in the communities in which we play to help realise the aspirations of the Uluru Statement of the Heart.
A range of activities and performances will be held throughout the day, including:
First Nations art, culture and food will be showcased as follows:
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