It’s NAIDOC Week from 8 – 15 July and festivities are being held across the country to celebrate the culture and accomplishments of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme ‘Because of Her, We Can!’ shines a light on the crucial role women play as role models and influencers at a variety of levels from community to national.
The week is celebrated not only by Indigenous communities but also Aussies from all walks of life and the Gold Coast NAIDOC Committee have a full calendar of free events planned across the city for you to get involved in. Here’s a quick wrap up to get you started.
Monday 9 July
Gold Coast NAIDOC Week Community Launch includes a flag raising ceremony, notable speakers and performances from 930am – 11am at Kalwun Community Care Service, 118 Bonogin Rd, Bonogin.
Jellurgal Women’s Art Exhibition official opening is from 2pm – 3pm followed by daily viewing between 8.30am and 2.30pm at Jellurgal Cultural Centre, 1711 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads until Monday 23 July 2018.
Tuesday 10 July
Bond University Flag Raising Ceremony commences at 9.30am sharp at Bond University Amphitheatre, 14 University Drive, Robina. The ceremony is followed by some light refreshments.
Griffith University NAIDOC Celebrations includes cultural performances and activities from 10am–2pm at the Gold Coast Campus, Parklands Drive, Southport. Please note those attending are responsible for paying for their own parking.
Kalwun Early Learning Showcase is an entertainment and play-based event for under 8’s from 11.30am–1pm at Kalwun Child & Family Support Services, 14 Kortum Drive, Burleigh Heads. To attend please RSVP to 07 5520 8600 or email SEQadmin@kalwun.com.au
Wednesday 11 July
Gold Coast Titans NAIDOC Event in Partnership with Kalwun & Deadly Choices is holding a day full of fun with cultural activities and stalls from 10am–2pm at Firth Park, Mudgeeraba.
Celebrating Indigenous Women Speakers Panel at Bond University Club, Bond University from 5.30pm–7.30pm.
Thursday 12 July
Jellurgal showing of the Australian movie ‘Jedda’ with light refreshments and finger food. Spaces are limited so please RSVP by 10 July to 07 5525 5955. Guests are asked to arrive at the Jellurgal Cultural Centre, 1711 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh at 530pm for the 6pm screening.
Friday 13 July
Gold Coast Community NAIDOC Celebration Street March from 10am at Coolangatta. Gather in the new location on the Corner of Marine Parade and McLean Street Coolangatta to the left of the surf club. The march will commence at 10.10am to the New South Wales border and meet the Tweed Community March at 10.30am, then a Corroboree in Cunningham Park next to Twin Towns will follow.
Saturday 14 July
NAIDOC Cultural Celebration of Dancing on the Green at HOTA from 2pm – 8pm. Chat with local artists and check out the market stalls before kicking off your shoes and dancing under the stars at this family-friendly music, dance and cultural event.
Sunday 15 July
End of NAIDOC Celebrations Family Fun Day and Film Screening at Bond University Amphitheatre from 3pm to 7.30pm.