What events are you holding to recognise NAIDOC Week this year?
This NAIDOC Week, we’d like our community to join us in celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We’re lucky enough to have two of our local Hello Koalas on display here at Settlement City: Alira and Koala Boy.
Alira was painted by Isabell Moran, who has been a practising artist for over 30 years. An elder of local Biripi/Dunghutti nations, Isabell founded and ran the Bindi Cultural Centre, Wauchope for many years.
Koala Boy was painted by Colin Wightman, of the Goomeroi people, who was born on Toomelah Mission – a small Aboriginal community on the dry plains near the northwestern border of NSW. Wightman stated that he “paints because it tells the stories of the tribe I am from” and that he “paints what I see and what I was told by my Nan and other elders of the Goomeroi tribe”.
Storytelling forms a key part of our shared history across Australia, and the stories of our Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples. In recognition of this, we are holding story readings for the kids to enjoy each day, commencing 10am – 2pm daily from Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12. After each reading, we encourage the kids to create their own artworks, inspired by the story they just heard. We can’t wait to see what they come up with and share pics of the stand out creations each day on our Facebook page!
Are you holding any workshops for the kids in the second week of the holidays?
Yes, of course! For Week 2 of the holidays, the awesome team at The Party Professionals will be holding daily dance and sing shows, featuring some of your favourite children’s show characters.
The shows will commence from Monday, July 15 through to Friday, July 19, from 10am – 2pm daily.
Is there a charge for these activities?
Definitely not! All activities are completely free of charge and open to all ages.