NAIDOC Week is held every July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In 2017, celebrations will be held across Australia in celebration of the theme: Our Languages Matter. This theme aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.
As part of NAIDOC Week celebrations, the Sunshine Coast Council is hosting a flag raising ceremony and traditional performance in the Nambour Council Chambers courtyard.
“Council’s annual flag raising ceremony is a tradition to acknowledge and celebrate NAIDOC Week and the community is invited to attend this free event which includes guest speakers and a traditional performance,” Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said.
“Following the official proceedings, our guests and visitors will be able to head into Nambour Library to view the Nandjimadji Art Group exhibition which showcases paintings by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disability on the Sunshine Coast.
“Our libraries are joining in the NAIDOC Week celebrations by hosting a range of exhibitions, a dot painting demonstration and a talk by recognised local Elder and Aboriginal Dot and Symbol artist Aunty Eve Kitchener.
“I encourage the community to get involved in the fantastic range of events planned throughout NAIDOC Week.”
3 July, 10-11 am
The flag raising ceremony recognises and celebrates the history of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as their contributions to the Sunshine Coast community.
Nambour Library: 3 July to 4 August
The Nandjimadji Art Group exhibition showcases paintings by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disability on the Sunshine Coast. Free event and no bookings required. Visit council’s library website for more details.
Beerwah Library: 4 July to 1 August
Paintings from Aunty Eve Kitchener, recognised local Elder and Aboriginal Dot and Symbol Artist – Wiraduri Tribe and from the Stolen Generation. The exhibition also includes various artworks that were gifted to Nungeena and Liza Bloomfield. Free event and no bookings required. Visit council’s library website for more details.
Maroochydore Library: 6 July at 11.30am
Kenilworth Library: 7 July at 11am
View the intricate work of dot painting by members of the Nandjimadji Art Group. Artists will demonstrate dot painting skills and the application of traditional techniques using contemporary mediums. Free event and no bookings required. Visit council’s library website for more details.
Beerwah Library: 7 July at 11am
Aunty Eve Kitchener is a recognised local Elder and Aboriginal Dot and Symbol Artist. She is from the Wiraduri Tribe and the Stolen Generation. Hear Aunty Eve talk about her artwork which will feature in the Nungeena Women’s Exhibition which also includes various artworks that were gifted to Nungeena and Liza Bloomfield. Free event and light refreshments will be provided. Bookings via council’s library website.
Black Swan Park, Cotton Tree: 8 July from 10am to 4pm
The local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community has come to depend on and look forward to connecting with not only other community members but government and non-government organisations. This event provides an opportunity to come together to share in culture, knowledge, good will. More than 30 organisations, local and interstate artists, retailers and performers. Free event. Visit www.naidoc.org.au for more details.