Tradition Aboriginal Dancing
NAIDOC Week, 6-13 July 2014, is Australia’s annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and the contributions Indigenous Australians make to society. Representing the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) – activities around Australia and Victoria will this year honour all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of Australia. From warriors in the Frontier Wars (Aboriginal people protecting the land at time of colonial settlement) to those who have served in Australia’s military engagements across the globe.
Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Australia’s largest exhibition focusing on Indigenous history and community, will be celebrating NAIDOC Week with a series of events throughout the week. From Where I Stand is an exhibition celebrating 17 Aboriginal artists who now call Victoria home, highlighting the theme of Place, Culture and Politics. School holiday activities for the kids include Hip-Hop Workshops and Meet the Connies, Victoria’s famous tram conductors, story tellers and comedians.
The National Gallery of Victoria will celebrate with its first NGV Culture Camp for teens and a lively performance by the SKIN Choir. Held over four days, the NGV Culture Camp is a school holiday program which allows teens to explore Indigenous art, dance, theatre and music. Artists and performers have been selected to host workshops each day, providing participants the opportunity to meet and engage with them, as well as other like-minded teens.
Peninsula Hot Springs, just one hour south of Melbourne in the coastal Mornington Peninsula region is also celebrating NAIDOC week. Activities include art workshops by Baluk Arts where guests can make their own jewellery using locally sourced items. Other activities include a Sunset Dreaming Performance, an interactive experience of dancing, face painting, storytelling and a smoking ceremony to the soothing sounds of the didgeridoo as Sunset Dreaming performer roves the Bath House bathing area.
Other events taking place throughout Victoria which will pay homage to the world’s oldest living culture during NAIDOC Week include Boomerang Throwing and Bushwalking at Wilsons Promontory National Park along with a number of cultural events at different art institutions in Melbourne.