NAIDOC Week is here, and Gunnedah has celebrations for the whole community to enjoy. From 2 July to 9 July there will be a range of activities sharing Aboriginal culture and honoring the rich heritage of the Gamilaroi people.
“NAIDOC is a great celebration of Aboriginal culture, and the Gunnedah community coming together to recognise traditional language is really important” Gunnedah NAIDOC Committee Chairperson Cassy Aldridge said.
“We are really excited for the Annual NAIDOC march. This year, Aboriginal people are asked to invite a non-Indigenous person to march alongside them, to demonstrate unity and remember that Aboriginal history is the history of our land, our country; of all Australians.”
The NAIDOC march will start from the Red Chief Monument at 10.00am on Sunday 9 July and will finish at Wolseley Park with the Official Flag Raising Ceremony. The official proceedings will be followed by the Annual NAIDOC Community Fun Day which has free carnival rides, bubble soccer, art and craft, lingo bingo and other fun activities for all ages.
“The Community Fun Day at Wolseley Park will be amazing. There are so many things to enjoy, there’s something for everyone,” continued Ms Aldridge.
In 2017 the official NAIDOC theme is ‘Our Languages Matter,’ which acknowledges the connection language provides to ancestors, history and land. Gunnedah Shire Council will be celebrating language through sharing stories. Gunnedah Shire Libraries Toddler Time will feature “Stories of the Dreamtime.’
The Civic Cinema will feature a free ‘Cleverman Marathon’ on Saturday 8 July from 10.00am to 9.00pm, and a youth only screening of ‘Zach’s Ceremony’ from 6.00pm Wednesday 5 July.
The Annual NAIDOC Exhibition at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery ‘Marra Gigi through Guwaalay’ incorporates artworks from local artists, schools and community groups which reflect the theme ‘Our Language Matters’ from a local perspective, representing stories and language through visual and audio representations.
For more information about NAIDOC community events please contact NAIDOC Committee Chairperson Cassy Aldridge on 6743 0999
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