National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs annually from 27 May – 3 June and is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements. Below is a guide to some of the events happening during NRW.
The Merindas, a Melbourne duo will headline Reconciliation in the Park, and they will bring a fusion of Indigenous electro-tribal pop. In addition to live music, there will be a number of activities including art and craft, kids games and storytelling. There will also be a number of stallholders and organisations present.
Glebe Park | 27 May | 10:30 - 2:30pm | Free
PeopleLabs a new pop up artist residency, is holding a Reconciliation Day Flicks and Fun event. From 1-2pm people can help redesign the nail and string wall in honour of Reconciliation Day, then from 2pm there will be a screening of ABC Black Comedy (rated M) and from 3pm there will be a screening of David Gulpilil's Another Country (rated G).
The National Film and Sound Archive is screening the documentary Etched in Bone and following the screening, there will be a Q&A session with the directors Martin Thomas and Béatrice Bijon. This 73 minute documentary was made over a period of eight years and examines the theft of the remains of Aboriginal community elders in Arnhem Land by the American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land in 1948.
NFSA Arc Cinema | 31 May | 6pm onwards | $10
The National Film and Sound Archive has an exhibition currently on that is a little different to a normal exhibition. There isn't any film or TV props, or even a huge exhibition space. Instead, the newest exhibition is all digital and uses virtual reality headsets to explore Aboriginal song and dance across Australia.
NFSA | Daily | 11am to 2pm | Free
Meet the makers
Arakwal Bumberin Bundjalung woman and featured dancer of Carriberrie, Delta Kay will be holding a special Meet the Maker session at NFSA. This special session will involve a live performance by Delta Kay and an interactive dance lesson.
NFSA Theatrette | 1 June | 2pm | $10
Reconciliation Day Eve concert
The Canberra Theatre will be marking NRW by bringing rapper Briggs to the stage along with other Australian icons Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project. They will be joined by Alice Skye and Emily Wurramara for a celebration of Black excellence.