Let’s celebrate NAIDOC Week
Cessnock City Council is proud to have worked with the local community to present another fantastic program of events and activities for NAIDOC Week 2018 across the LGA, and everyone is invited to join in.
NAIDOC Week is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and provides a great opportunity to recognise, enjoy and learn about these cultures in our local community.
The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week is ‘Because Of Her We Can’. This theme celebrates the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made, and continue to make to our community, history and families.
While celebrations are officially held from 8 to 15 July, the program in Cessnock kicked off a little earlier with a spectacular sold out matinee performance of Stolen by Jane Harrison on 12 June and will run through to 25 July.
The NAIDOC Week Art Trail is a new addition to the program. The Cessnock Regional Art Gallery, Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre, Kurri Kurri and Cessnock Libraries and Council’s Administration Building will be displaying NAIDOC Week themed art projects from 6 July to 12 August.
Kiray Putjung Aboriginal Corporation NAIDOC Family Fun Day and Street Parade will be held at TAFE Park, Cessnock on 7 July and Barkuma’s NAIDOC Family Fun Day will be hosted at a new venue on Old Maitland Road on 10 July. Both events are great days for the whole family with bundles of fun and entertainment.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent encourages our local community to check out the program and join the NAIDOC Week festivities.
“As always it is incredible to see the fantastic range of activities that NAIDOC Week provides. It is great to see community involvement growing each year, this is an opportunity to have some fun, get involved, and learn about local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.”
A copy of the program is available online at www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/NAIDOC or pick up a copy from Council’s admin building, Cessnock City Libraries or participating venues.
Cessnock City Council would also like to acknowledge the support of Aboriginal Affairs NSW.