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Concert to mark Australia’s first Reconciliation Day public holiday held in Canberra

By Sophia Brady 1 May 2018 0
Image credit: Charlotte Allingham. In The Canberra Theatre Centre Bar: BAD APPLES MUSIC HOUSE PARTY, featuring Briggs, Birdz, Omar Musa, Nooky, Alice Skye, Kobie Dee, and Hosted by Hau (Triple J)

Image credit: Charlotte Allingham. In The Canberra Theatre Centre Bar: BAD APPLES MUSIC HOUSE PARTY, featuring Briggs, Birdz, Omar Musa, Nooky, Alice Skye, Kobie Dee, and Hosted by Hau (Triple J)

National Reconciliation Week is held from 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in our reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

NRW started as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation in 1993 (the International Year of the World’s Indigenous People) and was supported by Australia’s major faith communities. In 1996, the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launched Australia’s first ‘National Reconciliation Week’. In 2000, Reconciliation Australia was established to continue to provide national leadership on reconciliation. In the same year, approximately 300,000 people walked across Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of NRW, showing support for the reconciliation process.

Today NRW is celebrated by communities, businesses and individuals at thousands of events across Australia and this year, Canberra will be the first state or territory to commemorate Australia’s Reconciliation Day with a public holiday on Monday, May 28th.

To kick off the celebrations, musicians Archie Roach & Tiddas and Briggs & the Bad Apples Crew will descend on the capital to celebrate the eve of the inaugural Reconciliation Day.

In The Playhouse: ARCHIE ROACH & TIDDAS Dancing With My Spirit. Image: Supplied.

“Reconciliation Australia is proud to partner with the Canberra Theatre Centre for the inaugural Reconciliation Day Eve concert, which will launch National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2018, and mark the first Reconciliation Day public holiday in the country. This is an important day not only for Canberrans but for reconciliation in Australia,” says Karen Mundine, CEO Reconciliation Australia.

Iconic Australian singer-songwriter, Archie Roach will take the Playhouse stage from 8 pm on Sunday 27 May, with crowd favourites Tiddas bringing their sublime and bold vocal harmonies to the mix. Audiences will be treated to favourites including A Child Was Born Here, Dancing Shoes and Dancing With My Spirit, capturing Archie’s voice at its best and affirming the contention that he is one of the best 30 voices in the world.

“I am always glad to be a part of an event where reconciliation is the focus. I am for reconciliation! For me, it is about acknowledging all of our history; the good and the bad. For true reconciliation, it’s about coming together to recognise past injustices that affected our First Peoples so that we can move forward together. This Reconciliation Day Eve event is a wonderful opportunity to hear from some of our up and coming artists who will carry on the message of reconciliation,” said Archie Roach AM.

Image credit: Charlotte Allingham

Image credit: Charlotte Allingham.

Also on the night, Bad Apples Music, Australia’s most prolific Indigenous record label, is hosting an unmissable house party in Canberra. Headlined by Briggs, featuring performances from Birdz, Omar Musa, Nooky, Alice Skye, Kobie Dee and hosted by Hau – the Bad Apples House Party will blow the roof off The Canberra Theatre Centre. 

“Reconciliation Day presents a good opportunity to showcase music from emerging and established Indigenous artists,” shared Briggs.

ARCHIE ROACH & TIDDAS Dancing With My Spirit

Sunday 27 May, 8 pm – 10 pm

The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre

Book here, or call the box office on (02) 6275 2700

BAD APPLES MUSIC HOUSE PARTY

Sunday 27 May, 9:30 pm – ’til late

Canberra Theatre Centre Bar, Canberra Theatre Centre

Book here, or call the box office on (02) 6275 2700

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