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What’s on this NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week 2022

NAIDOC Week, Sunday 3 July – Sunday 10 July, is a time to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, their contributions to our nation and the continuations of the oldest living culture on Earth.

The theme this NAIDOC Week, Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!, asks us to continue to push for systematic change, to rally alongside our community and to keep supporting our first nations people by striving for change.

Join us this NAIDOC Week to celebrate indigenous culture through a variety of activities and events for all ages.

What’s on:

Annual Flag Raising Ceremony and cultural activities at Avondale Heights Library, Wednesday 6 July from 10am.

Moonee Valley City Council invites you to our annual NAIDOC Week Flag Raising Ceremony and cultural celebration. Join Wurundjeri Elder, Aunty Diane Kerr as she performs a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony in recognition of NAIDOC Week and hear from our Mayor Samantha Byrne.

Cultural activities:

  • Elder, Aunty Gail Smith and her granddaughter Tienna will host Storytime and read from the series of children’s nursery rhyme books in Woi-wurrung language. Limited tickets, booking open on Sunday 26 June, please confirm your place. 
  • Yarn Strong Sista’s will be hosting an art experience including bush bouquet making, face and arm painting and bush tucker cake making. Early years up.

Light refreshments included.

Can’t attend? We’ll be live streaming the event on Facebook, follow us to tune in on July 6 at 11am AEST.
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Author discussion Black and Blue at Sam Merrifield, Tuesday 5 July, 7pm – 8pm

Gunai/kuriai woman Veronia Gorrie discusses her award-winning memoir 2022 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award-winning memoir, ‘Black and Blue: a memoir of racism and resilience’ and her experiences as a single mother and police officer.
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Film screening & Director Q&A, Ablaze at Sam Merrifield, Tuesday 12 July 6pm – 8pm

The recent discovery of rare, 70-year-old silent film footage in an Australian archive set off a multi-year quest by two filmmakers to discover the stories behind the reel. For one of the filmmakers, Tiriki Onus, personal quest as the reel features his charismatic Aboriginal activist grandfather, Bill Onus. This screening will be followed with a Q&A with the filmmakers Tiriki Onus and Alec Morgan.
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Film Screening, Firestarter at Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre, Friday 8 July, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Documentary about the Bangarra Dance Theatre and the three brothers – Stephen, David and Russell Page – who turned the newly born dance group into a First Nations cultural powerhouse.
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Children’s activities Kinder Dreaming – Art and storytelling

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with Cultural Infusion, led by Indigenous community members. children will learn about Aboriginal culture including Dreamtime stories, artefacts through art and language.
Crown Street Stables, Thursday 7 July 2pm – 2.30pm
Niddrie Library Friday, 8 July 2pm – 2.30pm
Sam Merrifield Library, Saturday 9 July 10am – 10.30am
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We’ll be exploring Welcoming Environments by Ash Firebrace, Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung artist. You might have seen his pieces at our Libraries, Leisure facilities or Parks. We’ll also be sharing some cultural significant sites found around Moonee Valley. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook.