NAIDOC Week, from Sunday 8 July to Sunday 15 July, is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the rich history of Australia. This year's NAIDOC theme is 'Because of her, we can!', which recognises the invaluable contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made, and continue to make, to our communities, families and culture. Throughout the week there will be a full programme of FREE activities taking place in Parramatta and everyone is invited. Events range from indigenous film screenings to BBQs, art exhibitions and workshops.
Join in at the famous Burramatta NAIDOC festivities in beautiful Parramatta Park. On Sunday 15 July 2018 from 12.00 noon to 6.30 pm, there will be a range of free family-friendly activities and special performances. you'll find it at Pavilion Flat, Parramatta Park (entrance George Street) in Parramatta. The highlights of this year's programme include live performances by singer-songwriter Casey Donovan, Evie J Willie and Rebecca Hatch. You can watch and listen to traditional dance and music and there will be an open corroboree sand circle. Of course there'll be plenty of food trucks and stalls where you can purchase your tucker and there is a FREE Aussie barbeque for the whole family as well. You and the kids can join in arts, craft and games, GWS Giants activities, heritage tours and Aboriginal astronomy. Find out about the significance of the Emu in the Sky. The finale of the day is a spectacular fireworks display.
Also in celebration of NAIDOC Week, Riverside will host a FREE screening of Bangarra Dance Theatre's striking and original feature film Spear. although the film is free, I recommend that you book your tickets before the event, through Riverside Theatre to avoid being disappointed. It is on Sunday 15 July from 6:45 pm to 8:15 pm at Riverside Theatre on the corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta. The acclaimed director and choreographer Stephen Page weaves the story through dance to deliver an outstanding cinema experience. The film depicts young Aboriginal man Djali from the outback on his journey to Sydney's streets. It follows his quest to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world.
Indigenous Dancers (image by May Cross)
3. Library Activities There is a variety of NAIDOC related workshops during the week especially for children. For further details and to register for these workshops, visit the Library page on the City of Parramatta website, here.
Epping Library on Tuesday 10 July 2018, from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon.
Carlingford Library on Tuesday 10 July 2018, from 2:00 pm to 3.30 pm.
Dundas Library on Wednesday 11 July 2018, from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon.
Constitution Hill Library on Wednesday 11 July 2018, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.
Ermington Library on Thursday 12 July 2018, from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon.
Parramatta Library on Thursday 12 July 2018, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.
4. Westfield Parramatta NAIDOC Week Reflections Gallery Discover, celebrate and reflect on the journeys of eight local and influential Indigenous women as part of this year's NAIDOC theme: 'Because of her, we can!'
From Sunday 8 July to Saturday 14 July at Level 3 (near Myer) Westfield Parramatta, 159-175 Church St Parramatta.
On Sunday 15 July 2018 the Gallery will be displayed at Burramatta NAIDOC, Parramatta Park (see above for full details).