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NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day

NAIDOC Week (Saturday 4 July - Sunday 11 July) celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year's theme, Heal Country!, calls for us all to continue to seek greater protections for Aboriginal lands, waters, sacred sites and cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

Liverpool has a proud First Nations heritage and history which is why NAIDOC Week holds a special place in our City's calendar. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, NAIDOC Week was celebrated digitally last year. This year, Liverpool City Council is pleased to return to a comprehensive, face-to-face program culminating in a Family Fun Day in Miller.

NAIDOC Week 2021 - Miller Family Fun Day

Date: Wednesday 7 July

Time: 10am-3pm

Venue: Miller Park (56 Cabramatta Avenue, Miller - near Miller Technology High School)

Cost: Free

The Family Fun Day will feature live performances, giveaways and various workshops including arts and crafts. More to be announced.

Council, in collaboration with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Liverpool City Library, has also curated a fantastic NAIDOC Week program to celebrate the richness of Liverpool's local Aboriginal community and culture which is a critical part of our City's history and future.

NAIDOC 2021 Program Flyer

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COLLECTION HIGHLIGHT: NAIDOC WEEK 2021 | Friday, 25 June 2021 – Wednesday, 11 August 2021 | Liverpool City Library | All ages

To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2021, Liverpool City Library in partnership with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre presents an exhibition featuring artworks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists collected over the last 30 years through the annual Mil-Pra AECG Art Prize.

The artworks capture this year’s NAIDOC theme Heal Country! encouraging audiences to reflect on the importance of respecting, protecting, and celebrating the culture and Country of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

For more information click here.

Collection Highlight

Image credit: Terry Lockley – Campfire on the Castlereagh 

KOORI KINNECTIONS | Friday 9 July | Liverpool City Library | 2pm – 3pm | 5-12 years old

Celebrate the world’s oldest continuous culture and learn about Aboriginal engineering and material use in this hands-on workshop from Indigenous educators. Build a palm-sized paperbark canoe to take home.

For more information or to book click here.

Koori Kinnections

Art and Sole with Blak Douglas | Tuesday 6 July 2021 | Casula Powerhouse | 11.00am-12.30pm | 5-10 years old

In Art and Sole with Blak Douglas, children will get to create their own graphic designs of the soles of their feet.

Blak Douglas will teach key skills and techniques of graphic design in a fun and engaging environment using pop culture hip hop to introduce children to ideas of identity.

This is a free workshop but bookings are essential. For more information or to book click here.

About Blak Douglas

Blak Douglas is modern Aboriginal Artist with a celebrated career now spanning two decades.

His work is currently on display at Casula Powerhouse, as part of the LOSS exhibition.

Blak Douglas

Image credit: Blak Douglas – photo by Sally Tsoutas

Paint your story with Uncle Kevin | Friday 9 July 2021 | Casula Powerhouse| 9.30am-11am | 16 years and older

Come join us at Casula Powerhouse for Stories and Painting Workshop for Naidoc Week with artist and Aboriginal Education Assistant, Uncle Kevin Bulter.

During the workshop, Uncle Kevin will lead participants in a painting workshop. The participants will get to learn from his impressive art-making skills and be encouraged to create their own paintings that tell their own story.

This is a free workshop but bookings are essential. For more information or to book click here.

FILM SCREENING: We Don’t Need A Map | Friday 9 July | Casula Powerhouse | 8pm - 9.30pm | PG

This is the story of the hijacking of an Australian icon.

The Southern Cross is the most famous constellation in the Southern Hemisphere.

Ever since colonisation it has been claimed, appropriated and hotly-contested for ownership by a radical range of Australian groups. But for Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual – and just about completely unknown. For a start, the Southern Cross isn’t even a cross – it is a totem deeply woven into the spiritual and practical lives of Aboriginal people.

Now one of Australia’s leading film-makers, Warwick Thornton, tackles this fiery subject head on in a bold and poetic essay-film. ‘We Don’t Need a Map’ challenges us to consider the place of the Southern Cross in the Australian psyche. Imbued with Warwick’s cavalier spirit, this is a fun and thought-provoking ride through Australia’s cultural and political landscape.

For more information or to book click here.

Still from movie

Image credit: Warwick Thornton & Captain Cook Bush Toy - Still from 'We don't need a map'

We are pleased to announce our NAIDOC Voices video series will return exploring this year's theme - Heal Country!

In collaboration with our local Aboriginal Land Councils Gandangara and Tharawal, Council's heritage officer and the Liverpool Regional Museum, the series will transport you to the various sacred sites of Liverpool, exploring their history and significance to our local Aboriginal community and the steps being taken to acknowledge and protect them.

Our objective is for the video series to encourage healing through understanding and conversation. You can watch last year's NAIDOC Voices video here.