Closing Ceremony Registration

The Healing Our Spirit Worldwide International Indigenous Council and the Organising Committee invite community members to register for the HOSW8 Closing Ceremony and Concert.


Registrants will have full access to the Darling Harbour Theatre on Thursday 29th November from 3pm. Official proceedings will commence at 3:30pm. Hear the Closing Keynote Address “Igniting the spirit of a nation: the collective power of voices in achieving the realisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander human rights in Australia” by June Oscar, AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Australia.


Witness the closing of the Eighth Gathering with speeches from the co-hosts, the University of Sydney and the Healing Foundation, as well as members of the International Indigenous Council.


Hear firsthand the announcement of the hosts of the Ninth Gathering.


Then stay around for the closing concert where you will be entertained by the iconic ARIA Hall of Fame band Yothu Yindi.


Original  band members Witiyana Marika, Stu Kellaway and Kevin Malngay Yunupinŋu are joined by the next generation of talent, Dhapanbal Yunipiŋu, Yirrnga Yunupiŋu and Yimila Gurruwiwi, along with Roy Kellaway. Family and friends Shellie Morris, Matt “Marine Boy” Cunliffe and Ben Hakalitz round out the stellar line up.


Yothu Yindi translates in the north-east Arnhem Land dialect of Yolŋu Matha to “child and mother” and is essentially a kinship term referring to the connection the Yolŋu clans of north-east Arnhem Land have between themselves.