Celebrate NAIDOC Week in Lake Mac

Date posted: 4 July 2018

Lake Macquarie City Council is set to celebrate NAIDOC Week, 8-15 July, by putting local female artists in the spotlight, as part of an exciting program of community events happening across the City.

Council’s Manager Community Planning, Wes Hain, said this year’s NAIDOC Week events will suit a wide range of ages and interests.

“This year’s theme is ‘Because of Her, We Can’, and it’s all about acknowledging the contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women make to our communities,” Mr Hain said.

“In celebration of this theme, we’ll be hosting special storytimes and art workshops led by female artists and illustrators at our Lake Mac Libraries and Art Gallery, as well as family fun days and Council’s annual flag-raising ceremony and morning tea at our Administration Building at Speers Point.

“There really is something for everyone this year, so I would strongly encourage our Lake Macquarie community to get out and enjoy a local event, and celebrate the rich diversity and heritage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and Indigenous cultural more widely, bring to Lake Macquarie.”

Event

Description

Time

Location

Westlakes NAIDOC Family Fun Day

Join in a peaceful march down The Boulevarde, starting at Toronto Town Square, to Toronto Foreshore. Once arrived, enjoy live entertainment, displays from local service providers, a free community barbecue and the annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award ceremony.

Tuesday 10 July, 10am-3pm

Toronto Foreshore

NAIDOC Week Stories from the Big Blue Chair

Enjoy stories from the Big Blue Chair to celebrate NAIDOC Week and create friendship bracelets using colours from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island flags.

Suitable for ages 5-9.

Bookings are essential at library.lakemac.com.au.
Tuesday 10 July, 3.45-4.20pm Toronto Library, corner Brighton Avenue and Pemell Street, Toronto
Lake Macquarie City Council annual flag-raising ceremony Council will host its annual flag-raising ceremony and morning tea. The event begins with a traditional Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country, followed by cultural performances and guest speakers. Wednesday 11 July, 9-11am Lake Macquarie City Council Administration Building, 126-134 Main Road, Speers Point
Meet the artist: Ngaa-bun-gaa-nha – Searching with Maree Bisby

Meet artist, Maree Bisby, as she discusses the creation of her latest exhibition at Launchpad@Toronto.

Stay and help create a new artwork for the Aboriginal Knowledge Book Collection at Toronto Library.

Adults and children are welcome.

Bookings are essential and can be made at library.lakemac.com.au.
Wednesday 11 July, 10am-noon Toronto Library, corner Brighton Avenue and Pemell Street, Toronto
School holiday basketry workshop

Join Aboriginal artist, Michelle Napanangka Earl for an afternoon of art making, as she demonstrates traditional basketry.

Suitable for ages 7 and up.

Bookings are essential and can be made at eventbrite.com.au.

$20 per child, per session.
Thursday 12 July, 1.30-3pm Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, First Street, Booragul
NAIDOC Week storytime with Fern Martins

Join local illustrator, Fern Martins, for a special storytime featuring stories, songs and craft to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

Bookings are essential and can be made at library.lakemac.com.au.

Suitable for ages 3-7.

Friday 13 July, 10.30-11.15am Swansea Library, 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea

Eastlakes NAIDOC 2018

Celebrate NAIDOC Week at Pelican Foreshore with free entertainment including an appearance from John Paul Young, jumping castles, face painting, a free community barbecue and the Eastlakes’ Got Talent competition.

Friday 20 July, 10am-3pm

Pelican Foreshore Park

Page last updated: 4 July 2018