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Manningham Council does more than provide 100 plus services to residents, ratepayers, businesses and community groups across the City. They also run some amazing, interesting on point events.

The National Reconciliation Week Launch (27 May – 3 June) Event is one of them. Held at the MC Square Civic Plaza, 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster on Friday 27 May 2016, this is a free event, though due to limited seating, bookings are essential. CLICK HERE to register.

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This is a special progressive event that features ceremony, arts and bush tucker.

10.30am to 12 noon - Launch Ceremony at MC Square forecourt featuring a Wurundjeri Elder Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony. Celebrate the rich Wurundjeri heritage and enjoy Didgeridoo performances, the all female Djirri Djirri Wurundjeri Dance Group and an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flag Raising Ceremony.

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12noon to 12.30pm - Presentation of Baluk Arts in the Manningham Art Gallery at MC Square. A not-for-profit Aboriginal Art organisation, this exhibition entitled Kart Koodin 2 will survey a range of prints, ochre paintings, sculptural and decorative objects by Baluk's Aboriginal artists including Dominic Brammall-White, Patrice Mahoney and Lisa Waup.

12.30pm to 1.30pm - A light lunch of bush tucker inspired finger foods while you continue to enjoy the art exhibition. Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available and bookings are essential for catering purposes.

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The Manningham Art Gallery at 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, will be running the Kart Koodin 2 exhibition from Wednesday 25 May to Saturday 2 July 2016. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm and admission is free.

Baluk Arts is owned and run by Aboriginal artists who live and work in Frankston, the Mornington Peninsula and the wider south-east Melbourne. Baluk is a Boonwurrung word that means 'many' and the artwork reflects contemporary art with the theme of identity at its core.

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The Bulleen Library at Bulleen Plaza, 79 - 109 Manningham Road, Bulleen and the Doncaster Library at ground floor, MC Square, 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster will also take part in celebrating the National Reconciliation Week.

There'll be Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories, songs, dances, artefacts and craft activities with Eva-Jo Edwards, a proud Mutti Mutti/Yorta Yorta woman who'll share her culture in a fun way, suited to pre-school aged children (3 to 5 years old). This is a free event and no bookings are required. Dates and times are as follows.

Bulleen Library - Tuesday 31 May 2016, 11am - 11.45am
Doncaster Library - Wednesday 1 June 2016, 11am - 11:45am.

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The Tall Man - Life in paradise. Death in custody. A 78 minute long film written and directed by Tony Krawitz and presented by Blackfella Films will screen on Thursday 2 June 2016 from 7pm to 9pm at The Pines U3A Centre, 1/520 Blackburn Road, Doncaster East.

This is a free event, however you need to register now so as not to miss out. After this film about two worlds clashing and a haunting moral puzzle that will stay in your memory, there'll be time for group reflection and discussion, during which time supper will be served.

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Designed for community organisations, businesses and government agencies, Friday 3 June 2016 from 9am to 12.30pm heralds the engaging training seminar on Indigenous Policy and Partnerships, presented by Karen Milward from the Koorie Heritage Trust. It'll be held at the Currawong Bush Park Conference Centre, 277 Reynolds Road, East Doncaster. A free event with limited places, bookings are essential! A light lunch will be served from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

It's a seminar that aims to help agencies who wish to expand their cultural awareness, so effective policy, planning, engagement and service delivery frameworks can be put in place.

If you require more information than on the links provided in this article, please contact the Manningham Cultural Services on 9840 9246 or email events@manningham.vic.gov.au.

Condensed list of following events:

Friday 27 May 2016
Wednesday 25 May - Saturday 2 July 2016
(3 to 5 years)
Tuesday 31 May 2016
(3 to 5 years)
Wednesday 01 June 2016
Thursday 02 June 2016
Indigenous Policy and Partnerships
Designed for community organisations, businesses and government agencies.
Friday 03 June 2016
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Why? National Reconciliation Week Events 2016
When: 25 May to 23 June 2016 (National Reconciliation Week Launch Friday 27 May 2016; National Reconciliation Week Exhibition - Kart Koodin 2 Wednesday 25 May - Saturday 2 July 2016; Dreamtime Storytime - Bulleen Library Session (3 to 5 years) Tuesda
Phone: (03) 9840 9333
Where: MC Square, 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, VIC
Cost: All events are free to attend, however, apart from the Library sessions, due to limited space, the rest of the events require REGISTRATION
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