Join in NAIDOC Week celebrations
  • Thursday 22 June 2017
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To celebrate NAIDOC Week from July 2-9, council invites the community to head to the Nambour Council Chambers courtyard at 10am on Monday, July 3 for a flag raising ceremony and traditional performance.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The 2017 NAIDOC Week theme Our Languages Matter aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council’s renewed Reconciliation Action Plan outlined council’s ongoing commitment to facilitate and support significant events such as NAIDOC Week.

“Council’s annual flag raising ceremony is a tradition to acknowledge and celebrate NAIDOC Week and the community is invited to attend this free event which includes guest speakers and a traditional performance” Cr McKay said.

“Following the official proceedings, our guests and visitors will be able to head into Nambour Library to view the Nandjimadji Art Group exhibition which showcases paintings by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disability on the Sunshine Coast.

“Our libraries are joining in the NAIDOC Week celebrations by hosting a range of exhibitions, a dot painting demonstration and a talk by recognised local Elder and Aboriginal Dot and Symbol artist Aunty Eve Kitchener.

“I encourage the community to get involved in the fantastic range of events planned throughout NAIDOC Week.”

Immerse yourself in the following NAIDOC Week events:

NAIDOC Flag Raising Ceremony
Nambour forecourt: July 3 at 10am
Guest speakers, flag raising and traditional performance. Free event, all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Visit council’s website for more details.

Nandjimadji Art Group Exhibition
Nambour Library: July 3 to August 4
The Nandjimadji Art Group exhibition showcases paintings by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disability on the Sunshine Coast. Free event and no bookings required. Visit council’s library website for more details.

Nungeena Women’s Exhibition
Beerwah Library: July 4 to August 1
Paintings from Aunty Eve Kitchener, recognised local Elder and Aboriginal Dot and Symbol Artist - Wiraduri Tribe and from the Stolen Generation. The exhibition also includes various artworks that were gifted to Nungeena and Liza Bloomfield. Free event and no bookings required. Visit council’s library website for more details.

Dot Painting Demonstration
Maroochydore Library: July 6 at 11.30am
Kenilworth Library: July 7 at 11am
View the intricate work of dot painting by members of the Nandjimadji Art Group. Artists will demonstrate dot painting skills and the application of traditional techniques using contemporary mediums. Free event and no bookings required. Visit council’s library website for more details.

Nungeena Women’s Business
Beerwah Library: July 7 at 11am
Aunty Eve Kitchener is a recognised local Elder and Aboriginal Dot and Symbol Artist. She is from the Wiraduri Tribe and the Stolen Generation. Hear Aunty Eve talk about her artwork which will feature in the Nungeena Women’s Exhibition which also includes various artworks that were gifted to Nungeena and Liza Bloomfield. Free event and light refreshments will be provided. Bookings via council’s library website.

Sunshine Coast NAIDOC Family Fun Day
Black Swan Park, Cotton Tree: July 8 from 10am to 4pm
The local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community has come to depend on and look forward to connecting with not only other community members but government and non-government organisations. This event provides an opportunity to come together to share in culture, knowledge, good will. More than 30 organisations, local and interstate artists, retailers and performers. Free event. Visit www.naidoc.org.au for more details.

To find out ‘what’s on’ during NAIDOC Week visit www.naidoc.org.au