NAIDOC by the Lake 2017

13 June 2017

There will be stories, music, dancing, fire, damper and plenty of delicious, winter food.  People of all cultures are welcome to celebrate NAIDOC Week at this free event.  NAIDOC by the Lake is at Belconnen Arts Centre, on the shores of Lake Ginninderra between 11am and 3pm on Saturday July 8.  There will also be face-painting, craft activities including traditional weaving, and a warm Welcome to Country by Ngunnawal elder, Auntie Agnes Shae.

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July each year. It’s a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements.  It’s also an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and community.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s that formed to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Australia’s first peoples.

Last year, Belconnen had its first large scale NAIDOC Week event.  This year, NAIDOC by the Lake returns to build on the success of last year’s event.  NAIDOC by the Lake is a collaborative effort by community organisations, government, business and community members.  Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen Community Service, UnitingCare Kippax, the ACT Government’s Community Services Directorate, Ginninderry, the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, and Molonglo Fire Brigade have all helped to make this event possible.

What’s on the program?

Performers include Johnny Huckle, Wirajuri Echoes, Rachel Armstrong and Talk Blak who will be launching their CD on the day.  Kemarre Indigenous Women’s Group who will share their skills in weaving and print making.  Belconnen Community Service and Gungahlin and Belconnen Child and Family Centres will provide an array of craft activities for children.  You can make flags and hairpieces, and paint boomerangs and even make art using remote controlled cars!   There will also be stalls from various groups in our community.

So come down to Belconnen Arts Centre between 11am and 3pm on Saturday July 8.  Make something, learn something and enjoy being immersed in the cultures of Australia’s first peoples.

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