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Free Fun for Everyone to Celebrate NAIDOC in the City

May 31, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Sydney’s popular annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, NAIDOC in the City, will return to Hyde Park for a third year on Monday 7 July. 
The free City of Sydney event, from 11am to 3pm, will feature a range of family-friendly activities and performances, including live music, dance, food, art and Australian animals.
 
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the day was an opportunity to recognise and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, during the week-long national NAIDOC festival, running from 6–13 July.
 
“Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community make an incredibly important contribution to our cultural life and this event is a great way to showcase that talent and energy,” the Lord Mayor said.
 
“From emerging young musicians, to established artists and dancers, there is so much to enjoy and learn about on this important but fun day.”
 
Television fitness stars, Move it Mob Style, are among the many performers who will entertain the crowds on the day. The talented dance crew will also host a workshop where children will be encouraged to join in and learn some new moves.
 
Entertainment will be focussed on the main stage with some exciting original music acts, as well as in the traditional dance circle and dedicated kids’ zone. There will also be a marketplace with arts and crafts, food stalls and information stands.
 
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2014 is Serving Country: Centenary and Beyond, and honours all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women who have served their country.
 
NAIDOC in the City Artistic Director, Rhoda Roberts, said it was important to remember the sacrifices these service people made in defending Australia.
 
“This NAIDOC week we will reflect on the centenary and beyond, from Gallipoli and the uprisings around the world, where our men and women continue to protect country and the nation, for all Australians to have a better future,” Ms Roberts said.
 
“It’s a bit like our Dreaming: honouring the past, present and the future.”
 
NAIDOC Week celebrates the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, which grew from the first political groups of the 1920s.

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