Rich display of culture on show at Meeting of Two Cultures ceremony

The Meeting of Two Cultures ceremony, which will be held at Kurnell on Monday, April 29 will be low-key compared with what will take place on the 250th anniversary in 2020.

However, this year's event, which Sutherland Shire Council will stage in the historic precinct of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, will be no less significant.

The annual ceremony acknowledges the Gweagal community of the Dharawal Nation and the first encounter with Lieutenant James Cook and the crew of the HM Endeavour in 1770.

"The Meeting of Two Cultures ceremony is an opportunity to remember the landing of Lieutenant James Cook and his crew, and the Dharawal community who lived in the Kamay area some 249 years ago," said mayor Carmelo Pesce.

"It is about acknowledgement and acceptance and it's a privilege to be able to bring our community together in a show of respect for each other and our shared history.

"At this year's special event, there will be a rich display of culture for people of all ages to enjoy and it really is an event I look forward to every year."

A council spokeswoman said the council had a long-standing relationship with local Indigenous groups and continued to work closely with groups such as Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation and the Aboriginal Advisory Committee to collaborate for the future.

"The event will include a Welcome to Country, traditional dances, storytelling, a guided walk along the Burrawang Walk and a BBQ for the whole community to enjoy," she said.

"Bring your family and friends along for a picnic in the park and enjoy this significant day."