First Nations art screenings at City Hall return as the city of Greater Geelong celebrates NAIDOC week this week.
In keeping with Reconciliation Week, residents can admire the vibrant and colorful First Nations artwork on display every night from 6-11 p.m. until July 10.
Additionally, a National Wool Museum visual art display and presence at the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative Community Day are part of Greater Geelong’s celebrations for NAIDOC week from July 3-10.
The National Wool Museum’s Visual Art Exhibit will feature the Wadawurrung Dja exhibit, featuring the work of the proud Wadawurrung woman, emerging elder, cultural educator and award-winning visual artist, Dr. Deanne Gilson.
Dr. Gilson works primarily in clay, painting, digital imaging and fabric design.
The City of Greater Geelong will be holding a stall at the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative Flag Raising and Community Day as part of NAIDOC week.
The Monday, July 4 celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Greater Geelong Mayor Peter Murrihy encouraged all residents to consider taking part in the events on offer.
“NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for people from across the Geelong community to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and to participate in the oldest and continuous celebrations of living cultures on earth,” said the Mayor Murrihy.
“Specifically, these local events will allow citizens to learn more about the First Nations communities in our region and to celebrate the rich contribution they make to our region.
Cr Sarah Mansfield, Vice President of the Indigenous Affairs Portfolio, agreed that the events are cause for celebration.
“The council is a proud partner of our First Nations communities, and we are hosting the NAIDOC ‘Stand Up, Stand Up, Show Up’ week celebrations,” said Cr Mansfield.
“As a city, we are committed to walking with our First Nations families and communities in Greater Geelong.
“While supporting these events is both informative and educational, attendance will also let our First Nations communities know how much we appreciate their contribution to our region.
Residents can also go online to geelongaustralia.com.au/naidocweek to:
Watch a NAIDOC Week message from Mayor of Greater Geelong, Peter Murrihy;
Check out the NAIDOC story of the week;
Understand the story behind NAIDOC Week’s digital projections; and
Explore the NAIDOC Weekly Online Trail outlining 20 key Indigenous sites and places in the Greater Geelong Region.