With lockdown arriving in Sydney just days before NAIDOC week celebrations were set to kick off, the festival’s annual gathering in Hyde Park was cancelled. But a new event will see many of the event’s participants, performers and stallholders come together in a cleverly revised offering.
NAIDOC in the City Online is a new virtual space for participants and viewers to safely celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with livestreams, workshops, interviews and giveaways. With NAIDOC week traditionally the busiest time of the year for many stallholders, viewers are greatly encouraged to get involved and show support.
On Sat 17 July Ronnie Jordan from Culture on the Move will host a livestream weaving workshop, and on July 24 producer Aaliyah Bradbury and model Jake Gordon will host a two-hour livescreen showcasing snippets of what would have been happening at the event in Hyde Park, with musicians, dancers, performers, stallholders, workshops and giveaways.
Each July NAIDOC events are held around Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It can be traced back to the Aboriginal Rights Movement, which was spurred by a march in Sydney on Australia Day 1938 protesting the status and treatment of Aboriginal Australians. Since 2012 the event NAIDOC in the City has been held in Hyde Park with the intention to promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, identity, knowledge and businesses to the broader City community of residents and visitors. This year's theme ‘Heal Country!’ calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage
See more details and get involved at Naidoc in the City online.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with City of Sydney.