Blacktown Council is celebrating NAIDOC week with a range of events.
Each year, Blacktown joins the nation in celebrating NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) Week.
The week which ends on July 8, is designed to highlight the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2012 'they dared to challenge' celebrates the champions who lived to renew the spirit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in 1972.
Forty years ago, the embassy became a powerful symbol of unity.
Its founders instilled pride, advanced equality and educated the country on the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
"Blacktown is a City that is proud to have the largest Indigenous population in NSW and NAIDOC Week is a very special time to acknowledge and recognise the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in our community," Blacktown Mayor Alan Pendleton said.
As the home to the largest Aboriginal community in NSW will celebrate this year's NAIDOC Week through a range of popular activities and events, including the annual blockbuster event at Nurragingy Reserve, NAIDOC at Nurragingy.
NAIDOC at Nurragingy is an Arts and Culture day held on Saturday, July 7 at Nurragingy Reserve (Casuarina Picnic Area, Knox Road, Doonside) between 10am and 4pm. The day provides lots of fun and exciting activities and entertainment and is free to residents and visitors!
The day will include:
- A performance by The Stiff Gins musical duo
- Cultural stalls and workshops
- All-day kids circus workshop
- Kids dance workshops
- Boomerang and rock painting with Uncle Greg Simms
- A community health bus
- A barbecue
A mix of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performances by local and visiting artists.
"Blacktown City owes its very name to the Aboriginal people who were the original inhabitants of this land where our large modern City now stands," Cr Pendleton said.
"Events like NAIDOC Week are a great opportunity for the community to come together and learn about our country's Indigenous history and culture."
The Arts and Culture Day at Nurragingy Reserve is free to attend and a free shuttle bus will be running to and from Mount Druitt and Doonside Railway Stations all day.
Details: 9839 6000. Wet Weather Hotline: 9839 6577.
NAIDOC Week 2012 events in Blacktown:
Wed 4 July NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day
12noon to 3pm: A Family Fun Day for NAIDOC Week will be held in the foreground of Emerton Leisure Centre and all are welcome to come along to join in the festivities. The Fun Day will include traditional Aboriginal and hip hop performances, a touch football one-day knock out competition, dance performances and art workshops, Indigenous games, information stalls, competitions, a BBQ and much more. The NAIDOC Week celebrations in the foreground are FREE, normal entry changes apply for entry into the Leisure Centre.
Details: 9628 7016.
Emerton Leisure Centre, Jersey Road, Emerton.
Sat 7 July NAIDOC at Nurragingy: Arts and Culture Day, Nurragingy Reserve
10am to 4pm: Celebrate NAIDOC Week at Nurragingy Reserve with a huge day of FREE entertainment!
Headlining the day's festivities will be The Stiff Gins who will perform on the day as well as the newly formed hip hop/jazz fusion band Whitehouse.
Plus there will be face painting, art displays, a BBQ, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performances and cultural stalls.
There will be a free shuttle bus running all day from Doonside and Mount Druitt Railway Stations to and from Nurragingy Reserve.
Details: 9839 6000.
Casuarina Picnic Area, Nurragingy Reserve, Knox Road, Doonside.