NAIDOC Week events

We're proud to be hosting a series of events for NAIDOC Week, held 2 to 9 July, to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The theme for 2017 is ‘Our Languages Matter’. Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so the total number of named varieties would have run into the many hundreds. Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on. The theme celebrates the importance of these languages in relation to cultural identity.

Visit the NAIDOC Week website to find out more.

The whole family can get involved through a number of free events in and around NAIDOC Week!

NAIDOC Week flag-raising event

Thursday, 6 July, 1.30pm

Clocktower Centre, 750 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds

We are really excited to have a Welcome to Country by a Wurundjeri Elder, fun family cultural activities for the children including Yarn Strong Sista and Uncle Phil Ah Wang and
a powerful yidaki performance by Tongberangi Ngargga. RSVP online

Other events

Exhibition: Revealed curated by Elizabeth Liddle

Saturday, 3 June – Sunday, 23 July

Incinerator Gallery, 180 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds

Revealed is an exhibition that brings together a group of diverse Aboriginal artists' in an intermingled discourse that explores the idea that a weakened connection to country is interrelated to the challenges experienced by Indigenous communities across Australia. Find out more

Children’s storytelling

Friday, 23 June, 10.30am

Crown Street Stables, 40 Crown Street, Flemington

A fun and interactive session for pre-school and young primary school-aged children. Children will take part in cultural games and dance, learn some traditional language and more!

Please note RSVPs are essential to all activities and events by contacting us on 9243 8748 or csstables@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Wurundjeri storytime

Wednesday, 28 June, 10.30am-11.30am

Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre, 69-79 Military Road, Avondale Heights

Indigenous stories, songs and craft, presented by Rebecca from the Wurundjeri Tribal Land Council. A gold coin donation for the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation is appreciated. Suitable for 3-5 year olds. No bookings required.

Smoking Ceremony and children’s storytelling

Sunday, 2 July, 2pm

Crown Street Stables, 40 Crown Street, Flemington

A fun and interactive session for pre-school and young primary school-aged children. Children will take part in cultural games and dance, learn some traditional language and more!

Please note RSVPs are essential to all activities and events by contacting us on 9243 8748 or csstables@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Putuparri and the Rainmakers (film screening)

Monday, 3 July, 6pm

Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre

This moving documentary about the traditional rainmakers of Australia’s Great Sandy Desert who have fought a twenty year battle to win back their traditional homeland. 97 mins, rated M. Book online

Family craft activities - A Gift from Country

Tuesday, 4 July, 10am-12 noon

Incinerator Gallery, 180 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds

Join Kate, an Aboriginal film maker and Storyteller and learn about Victorian Koorie culture. Kate will show her film Tanderrum Ceremony and families will hear the voice of our Elders through the contemporary story ‘Yurri’s Manung’.

Get creative using natural materials collected from ‘Country” for families to create Ochre Paintings and then build a ‘Manung’, a bark hut.

This workshop is a free family activity. Only children need to be booked in through eventbrite. Maximum 30 children per session. Book online

Radiance (film screening)

Tuesday, 4 July, 6pm

Flemington Library, 313 Racecourse Road, Flemington

Three sisters reunite after many years apart for their mother’s funeral. Deep and dark family secrets and personal conflicts start to unravel, but not all is gloom. Starring the effervescent Deborah Mailman. 93 mins, rated M. Book online

More information

For more information about our NAIDOC Week activities, contact our Community Planning Officer on 9243 8888 or email community@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Last updated: Thursday, 15 June 2017, 6:39 AM