Free NAIDOC family festival this weekend

Belconnen Arts Centre 9 July 2018
NAIDOC in the North: Photos: Supplied.

NAIDOC in the North. Photos: Supplied.

Celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture this NAIDOC Week at NAIDOC in the North!

To be held at Kingsford Smith School in Holt on Saturday 14 July from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, this free, family-friendly event invites the Belconnen and wider Canberra community to enjoy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through song, dance, stories and ceremony.

In keeping with this year’s NAIDOC Week themeBecause of Her, We Can…! NAIDOC in the North will showcase some of the region’s up-and-coming female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers, with a main stage line-up that includes Belle Whyte, Alinta Barlow, Rachel Armstrong and the Monica Moore Trio. As well as being blown away by the musical talents of these young women, visitors can look forward to traditional dances by Wiradjuri Echoes and roving performers Johnny Huckle and The Bogong Moth.

NAIDOC in the North performers Belle Whyte, Monica Moore, Rachel Armstrong and Alinta Barlow

NAIDOC in the North performers (left to right) Belle Whyte, Monica Moore, Rachel Armstrong and Alinta Barlow.

A community-generated photographic exhibition will also be on display at NAIDOC in the North. Members of the public were invited to contribute a digital photograph of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women who have been important parts of their lives; these women could be Elders, mothers, grandmothers, aunties, sisters, daughters, colleagues or friends. Entries from all ages and cultural backgrounds were welcomed, with each entrant being asked to describe how ‘because of her, we can…!’

NAIDOC in the North.

NAIDOC in the North.

“This is a celebration for the whole community,” says Lee-Anne Daley, one of the organisers of NAIDOC in the North. “There is so much talent in the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community here in Canberra, and this is the perfect opportunity to showcase it. We are especially excited to have the chance to focus on so many talented Aboriginal women on the stage and in the workshop areas, as well as through the Because of Her, We Can…! Open Photographic Exhibition.”

NAIDOC in the North

NAIDOC in the North.

Undoubtedly empowering for women and girls, NAIDOC in the North will offer fun opportunities for the whole family to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through weaving, jewellery-making and bush tucker workshops. There will be face-painting, crafting and games for the kids all day, and a roaring bonfire to gather around and ward off any chills; grab a piece of piping hot damper and get to know the locals as you enjoy the live music and friendly atmosphere.

NAIDOC in the North is fully accessible, with free and plentiful parking available – simply enter Kingsford Smith School via Hardwick Crescent in Holt. Proudly supported by the ACT Government, Regional Arts Fund, Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen Community Service, Uniting Care Kippax, Ginninderry and Icon Water.

Written by Michele Grimston and Skye Rutherford.

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