Taking place in the first week of July, NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate the history, culture, and successes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Byron Shire’s NAIDOC Week activities help us appreciate the rich contributions that Indigenous Australians have made and continue to make on our society.
The 2017 NAIDOC Week theme is Our Languages Matter. This theme aims to highlight the vital role language, story and song plays in cultural identity, spirituality, and the connection to land and water in the passing down of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history.
NAIDOC Week in Byron Bay will kick off on July 3 with the annual Flag Raising and Byron Shire NAIDOC Week Awards Ceremony. Starting at 10.30am at the Byron Shire Council Chambers in Mullumbimby, the symbolic flag raising will give the community an opportunity to celebrate the diverse contributions of the region’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in areas of music, art, education, culture, sport, politics, and environment. All are welcome to this popular event.
Byron Bay NAIDOC 2017 Program
Here’s an overview of the 2017 Byron Bay NAIDOC Week program.
Flag Raising and Byron Shire NAIDOC Week Awards Ceremony
When: 10.30am, Monday, 3 July 2017
Where: Byron Shire Council Chambers, Station Street, Mullumbimby
Bundjalung Art opening
When: 5.30pm, Monday, 3 July 2017
Where: Byron Bay Surf Club, Main Beach, Byron Bay
Arakwal NAIDOC Film Night
When: 6.30pm, Tuesday, 4 July 2017
Where: Byron Community Centre, Jonson Street, Byron Bay
Learn more: iq.org.au/10th-arakwal-naidoc-week-film-screening
Family Fun Day - Celebrating NAIDOC in Mullumbimby
with Welcome to Country, Cultural Performances, Imagine the Earth, Bush Tucker Planting and Tasting, Art and Craft, Music and Dance, Kids Activity Program.
When: 11.00am – 3.00pm, Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Where: Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre, 55 Dalley Street, Mullumbimby
Bundjalung of Byron Bay Family Cultural Day
with Activities, Entertainment, a Cultural Showcase including Aboriginal Dancers, Music, Kids Activities and a Free BBQ.
When: 10.00am – 2.00pm, Thursday, 6 July 2017
Where: From 10am at Railway Park with a march to Denning Park, Main Beach at 11am
More NAIDOC Week Celebrations at NORPA
NORPA is hosting a number of free, family-friendly NAIDOC Week celebrations at the Lismore City Hall on Friday, 7 July and Saturday, 8 July.
The program includes live music by OKA, Billy Smith, Teddy Lewis King, and Tom Avery; dance performances by The Deadly Bunharms, Bundjalung Nini Nahri-Gali and Muggerah; Black Screen films; music workshops with Darren Compton from Move it Mob Style; basket weaving workshops; Elders storytelling and conversation panels. Uncle Mick and Aunty Thelma will be providing delicious bush tucker on both days including damper, crocodile and kangaroo curries.
Free entry – no tickets required.
Check out the full program at norpa.org.au/events/naidoc-at-norpa/
All residents and visitors of the Byron Shire and surrounds are encouraged to participate in the jam-packed NAIDOC Week program.
Join the Byron Shire NAIDOC Week Facebook Event.