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In celebration of NAIDOC Week (8-15 July), this Darling Harbour-based project draws on First Nations languages to engage community, start conversation and link visitors to First Nations Country, language and culture. Poetry inspired by the 2018 NAIDOC theme, 'Because of Her We Can', will give audiences pause for reflection and inspire them to create their own poetry and learnings around First Nations languages.

Read more about the exhibition


To celebrate, Red Room Poetry is holding a Twitter poetry competition. Created with community consultation, this competition is about community interactivity, encouraging people to mindfully engage with Gadigal language, poetry and art.

Look out for our Tumbalong Gatherers train campaign (26 June - 9 August, 2018). Five Sydney trains will encourage people to visit Darling Square and Darling Quarter to engage with First Nations poetry and art.

Send us your poetic responses using Gadigal language, deepen your engagement with local Gadigal culture, and connect through the power of language.


Terms and conditions

1. Entrants must be residing in Australia.
2. Poems entered via Twitter must contain "#gadigalpoetry"and "@RedRoomCompany". Poems entered using the form above have a 250-character limit.
3. Poems must contain at least one (1) gadigal word.
4. Poems must be original work and not infringe upon anyone's copyright.
5. There is no age registration to enter the competition, but Twitter users must be 13 years and over.
6. Multiple entries are permitted.
7. Winner will be contacted over phone, email and/or Twitter Direct Message.
8. Entries close COB 5.00pm 25 July 2018.
9. $500 prize money is inclusive of publication on RR website and promotional materials.
10. Copyright remains with the poet.

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Visit our online store to purchase publications and materials from this project. The Red Room Company is a not-for-profit organisation. All funds raised support the ongoing work of The Red Room Company.