There are plenty of celebrations to mark NAIDOC Week across the Bundaberg Region, with events beginning Monday, 9 November.
“Always Was, Always Will Be” is the theme in 2020, representing the care First Nations peoples have given the continent for over 65,000 years, the oldest continuing culture in the world.
Normally held in the first full week of July, COVID-19 forced NAIDOC Week to be pushed back until 8-15 November.
Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor Jack Dempsey said NAIDOC Week was designed to celebrate and educate everyone about Australian history which dates back thousands of years.
He said the Bundaberg region is honoured to have such a rich Indigenous culture.
“This is an opportunity for our community to come together, learn the history, celebrate the achievements and honour one of the oldest living cultures on our planet,” he said.
“The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.”
NAIDOC WEEK EVENTS
Monday, November 9
Flag Raising Ceremony.
A flag raising ceremony will take place at Buss Park, Bourbong Street, Bundaberg CBD from 9am.
Monday, November 9- November 15
Bundaberg Regional Art Galleries
Bundaberg Regional Art Galleries will be showcasing artwork by indigenous artists from the regional council’s collection during the week, via social media. In the gallery is a copy of Tyrown Waigana’s artwork “Shape of the Land” and there’s also a take-home kit of NAIDOC activities for school-aged children. Downloadable Activities include: NAIDOC Week 2020 Colour-In, Taribelang Wordsearch, Symmetry Turtle, and a Dingo Colour-In.
Tuesday, November 10
NAIDOC Week Online Film Discussion
Join the Online Film Club for a discussion of Indigenous film, spiritual experience and cultural connection.
Wednesday, November 11 – Sunday 15 November
VIFF – Virtual Indigenous Film Festival
Five powerful Indigenous films and live filmmaker Q&As will stream each night from 11-15 November. You can join in celebrations this NAIDOC Week for a week of inspiring stories and inclusive discussions.
Friday, November 13
Family Fun Day and Naidoc Awards
A free day featuring children's activities, games and more will be held at Lions Park, Queens Street Bundaberg North from 10am. The Naidoc awards for the region will also be announced at the Family Fun Day.
Saturday, November 14
Top End Wedding
Top end wedding is a celebration of love, family and belonging, set against the spectacular natural beauty of the Northern Territory. The movie will be held at The Moncrieff Entertainment Centre on 14 November. Book here.
Sunday 8 to Sunday 15 November
Listen Now to the Michaela George – Podcast
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