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National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee

NAIDOC Week July 7th – 14th, 2019

NAIDOC 2016 EVENTS

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 which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

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

We encourage all Australians to participate in the celebrations and activities that take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week.
 

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NAIDOC Week 2016 in Melbourne

Koolin ngargee - NAIDOC family celebration day

Cost of entry: Free
Event Organiser Name: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Event Organiser Email: marketing@rbg.vic.gov.au
Dates: Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 10:00 to 11:30
Event Venue: Meet at the Visitor Centre Melbourne Gardens Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne
Koolin ngargee - celebrate Aboriginal culture and NAIDOC week on the ancestral lands of the Koolin people at the Melbourne Gardens. Gather for a smoking ceremony followed by traditional stories around the fire with Uncle Ron Murray. Decorate your own boomerang and make an ochre hand-print to take home. Then enjoy a cup of lemon myrtle tea. Let the stories - or songlines - connect you with all Aboriginal people across Australia.

Short Black Opera - Songs for NAIDOC

Cost of entry: $25 ($15 concession)
Event Organiser Name: Melbourne Recital Centre
Event Organiser Email: BoxOffice@melbournerecital.com.au
Event Venue: Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre (Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St)
Dates: Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 19:00 to 20:15
Song for NAIDOC is set to elevate this special time of celebration with a concert featuring acclaimed Yorta Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham AO and members of her Short Black Opera Company, a national indigenous not-for-profit company based in Melbourne specializing in training and performance opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing artists. Together they join forces with special guest artists, Michael Lapina and Eddie Muliamasalei’i to raise the roof and the temperature! For more information and to book tickets, visit www.melbournerecital.com.au/yinga-bul

Welcome to Country

Cost of entry: FREE
Event Organiser Name: Melbourne Recital Centre
Event Organiser Email: BoxOffice@melbournerecital.com.au
Event Venue: Ground Floor Foyer, Melbourne Recital Centre (Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St)
Dates: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 18:30 to 19:30
Join the Koorie Tiddas Youth Choir, a choir offering opportunities for aboriginal girls and young women to participate in positive, fulfilling and creative after-school activities, opening Yinga-bul at Melbourne Recital Centre with a Welcome to Country.For more information, visit www.melbournerecital.com.au/yinga-bul

Stories of a Song Man

Cost of entry: $25 ($15 concession)
Event Organiser Name: Melbourne Recital Centre
Event Organiser Email: BoxOffice@melbournerecital.com.au
Event Venue: Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre (Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St)
Dates: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 19:30 to 20:45
Playwright, poet, scriptwriter, filmmaker, author and musician Richard J. Frankland is a master storyteller, passionately inspiring audiences around the world with his unique voice and strong views. In this special Salon performance, he is joined by special guests Tiriki Onus, John Wayne Parsons and many more, for what promises to be a stirring, funny and raucous performance! For more information and to book tickets, visit www.melbournerecital.com.au/yinga-bul

Mission Songs Project

Cost of entry: $25 ($15 concession)
Event Organiser Name: Melbourne Recital Centre
Event Organiser Email: BoxOffice@melbournerecital.com.au
Event Venue: Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre (Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St)
Dates: Friday, July 8, 2016 - 19:00 to 20:15
Curated by Jessie Lloyd, the Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive and present a rare collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs that were composed and performed between 1900-1999. The Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous music as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary and reveals the continuation of cultural practice and oral traditions into the 21st century. These songs, largely hidden from the outside world, offer a unique window of life on the Christian missions, native settlements and the fringes of townships where Aboriginal and Islander people were displaced. The collection consists of rare and almost forgotten songs that now shed light on the history of our Indigenous communities, their stories and their resilience in a harsh changing world. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.melbournerecital.com.au/yinga-bul

Moonee Valley NAIDOC Week Flag Raising Ceremony

Cost of entry: Free
Event Organiser Name: Moonee Valley City Council 
Event Organiser Email: community@mvcc.vic.gov.au
Event Venue: Clocktower Centre - 750 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds 
Dates: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 10:30 to 11:30
Moonee Valley City Council invites you to our annual NAIDOC Week flag raising ceremony and cultural celebration. This family-friendly event includes live music and dance performances, including the Jindi Worabak dancers, children’s activities and a delicious morning tea. For more information on NAIDOC Week events at Moonee Valley or to RSVP, visit www.mvcc.vic.gov.au/naidoc

Coburg Football Club NAIDOC Family Day

Cost of Entry: $10, Children under 15 FREE
Event Organiser: Julio Estorninho
Event Organiser Email: julioestor@gmail.com
Event Venue: Piranha Park (Coburg City Oval) Cnr Harding Street & Russell Street Coburg VIC 3058 
Dates: Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 13:00 to 18:00
Coburg Football Club (VFL) invites you to our inaugural NAIDOC Family Day at our home game vs Sandringham on July 9, 2016! There will be a Welcome To Country by a Wurundjeri Elder before the main game, (app. 1:45pm) and Jim Poulter will give a Marn Grook exhibition at half time. There's also a jumping castle for the kids!!! Cost of entry is $10, concession/pensioners $5, children under 15 FREE! For more information contact julioestor@gmail.com

Aboriginal Catholic Ministry  NAIDOC Mass & Art Show

Cost of Entry: FREE
Event Organiser: Sherry Balcombe
Event Organiser Email: sherry.balcombe@cam.org.au PH: 9926 5751
Event Venue: St Francis Church 326 Lonsdale St Melbourne, Crn Elizabeth St
Art show is in the Pastoral rooms beside the Church
Dates: Sunday, July 9, 2016 – 11am followed by light refreshments