There are plenty of ways to get involved in NAIDOC Week: from films to feasts, tunes to talks. Here are our picks of the program, which runs from 2 – 9 July.
1. Klub Koori
It’s an all-female lineup for the latest edition of Klub Koori at Carriageworks on 6 July. Casey Donovan leads the charge alongside emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists Jess Beck, Mi-Kaisha Masella and Thaylia.
2. Blak Markets at Barangaroo
Aboriginal artists from 11 remote Australian arts centres will bring their artworks, sculptures, textiles and accessories to Sydney for the Blak Markets at Barangaroo on 2 July. You can join in Tjanpi weaving workshops, watch demonstrations of Rarrk painting and pandanus weaving and sample bush tucker.
3. NAIDOC in the City
Book a long lunchbreak on Monday July 3 and experience Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance, song, food and more in the heart of Sydney. NAIDOC in the City is a free, family-friendly day out. There will be lunch cooked in a traditional earth oven, performances by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians, market stalls, weaving demonstrations, sports workshops for kids and so much more.
4.NAIDOC Week cultural cruise
Spend the afternoon on Be-lang-le-wool (Clark Island, National Park). Tribal Warrior’s NAIDOC Week Cultural Cruise will take you to the centre of Sydney Harbour, where you’ll have your pick of activities, from hand stenciling, guided tours, cultural dance and Yidaki (didgeridoo) performances.
5. Lunchtime Film Screenings
Immerse yourself in a series of free lunchtime film screenings at Museum of Contemporary Art during NAIDOC Week. The program features documentary The Tall Man, about the death of Cameron Doomadgee at Palm Island Police Station as well as much-loved 2006 film Ten Canoes.