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Are you fascinated by Aboriginal culture and customs? Do you find it interesting to learn about various aspects of life as once experienced by the first people of Australia?
The city of Geelong prides itself on its multicultural heritage and awareness, and proves this annually with its popular PakoFesta event, which celebrates the multitude of different nationalities that reside in Geelong. While the parade and ensuing day are extremely popular, some nationalities can sometimes seem a little under-represented, and that is why 'Reconciliation in the Park' will provide the perfect chance to recognise and celebrate Geelong's Aboriginal community.
To be held in Johnstone Park on Sunday 2 June, this annual community event is organised by the Wauthaurong Aboriginal Co-Operative and The Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group, and celebrates the local Indigenous community. This free family fun day aims to educate people about Aboriginal culture and history, and provide an opportunity to reflect on what recognition- the theme of the day- means.
Pictureque Johnstone Park in Geelong will be the site of the event
Visitors have the opportunity to see demonstrations of traditional activities like emu egg carving, boomerang making, and basket weaving, or watch a game of Marngrook (Aboriginal football). There will be entertainment in the form of didgeridoo playing and traditional Aboriginal music, and there will be performances from the Je Be Weng dance group. For those interested in a more hands-on approach to the day, you can have a go at making some damper. There will also be face painting, a jumping castle, games, information displays and a barbecue. The Geelong Gallery, which is located next to Johnstone Park, will open its doors with an art exhibition from some local schools, following the 'Let's Talk Recognition' theme.
A scene from a previous year's event. visitvictoria.com
The day, which is held as part of National Reconciliation Week, is sure to be an enjoyable and informative experience for all of those interested in celebrating Australia's (and more specifically Geelong's) Indigenous community.