The Armidale region will be buzzing with cultural activities next week as national NAIDOC Week celebrations take place across the country from 3 – 10 July.
The annual celebration recognises the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and this year’s theme Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! aims to amplify voices and narrow the gap between aspiration and reality, good intent and outcome.
Armidale Regional Council Mayor Sam Coupland said a street march is being coordinated on Thursday 7 July around the Armidale CBD as part of the week long celebrations, followed by an Armajun barbeque at the Aboriginal Culture Centre and Keeping Place.
“I encourage everyone in the community to come along and participate in the march and enjoy all the activities being held throughout the week.
Service providers and organisations have come together to host live entertainment, wood carving workshops, art workshops, flag raising ceremonies, cultural activities and more,” said Mayor Coupland.
The march is usually held in September in conjunction with A Day in the Dale celebrations, however, there has been strong interest to host the march in line with annual NAIDOC Week celebrations. A Day in the Dale will still take place in spring.
Participants in the march are asked to meet in Central Park at 10am and will walk down Dangar Street, across Moore Street and into Faulkner Street, finishing in Rusden Street outside Council’s Civic Administration Building. The Armajun barbeque will be held from 12pm.
A full schedule of the week’s activities is available on the events section of Council’s website.