NAIDOC WEEK - 50 years: Looking Forward, Looking Blak!
Every year Australia dedicates one week for the celebration and recognition of our indigenous cultures. NAIDOC week is a time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to take the opportunity to showcase their achievements to the wider community. It is also a time for the Indigenous community to come together and share their professions, skills and passion for their cultures first hand. To celebrate NAIDOC week the J is hosting a series of events in corporation with Michael Butler and Samantha Martin: "We are working with Kim Cross and Silke Herwald at The J to collaborate an amazing activities program including Didgeridoo lessons, women and men dance classes, Art demonstrations, Art forum, Indigenous films by local filmmakers, bush tucker cooking demonstrations, traditional children story telling, costume making, Theatre and a tribal dance concerts just to list a few."
Samantha goes on to explain: "I would encourage my community members to take the time to learn and understand the true essences of Indigenous Australia. This is an important time for our Country to come together and walk forward as ONE, lets not go back 40 years into the dark ages but honor what our Aboriginal cultures have fought so hard to achieve, Recognition and Reconciliation. The theme for 2007 NAIDOC week is: "Looking Forward, Looking Blak."
Thursday 12th: Movies - The Message Stick & Yidaki
7.00pm $10 / $5
Directed and produced by local film maker Michael Butler, 'The Message Stick' Documentary is a 10 year traveling adventure like no other. Michael describes it: "A journey that took me into the heart of the Australian outback and gave me pleasure of winning the hearts of Indigenous Australia. I traveled to remote communities and interacted with the most beautiful people I have ever seen." Than he goes on to explain the true meaning of the 4WD's name: 'The Message Stick' vehicle has been painted by well over 200 Aboriginal language groups and has been transformed into a modern day tool for Peace and Reconciliation. With fantastic interests from BBC London and The National Geographic Channel in the USA, I hope to use the film to educate the World about our rich, strong and surviving Aboriginal cultures."
Also shown that night 'Yidaki' a 30 min documentary produced for the Discovery Channel, telling the story about a spiritual guardian of the oldest wind instrument of the world.
Michael Butler is available for interviews: phone: 0415 058 559
Friday 13th: Theatre: Murdering Creek at 7pm, $30, $20, $15
This extraordinary production by Adrian Ross portrays the history surrounding the deadly Murdering Creek. It combines modern dance with insightful filmed monologues by cast members and big-screen, filmed sequences featuring the cast members to portray scenes unachievable on stage - particularly the multiple shootings in Murdering Creek. The lead role is taken by Lyndon Davies, a direct descendent of the Gubbi Gubbi people. Even more remarkable is that he tells his own families history as an artist, storyteller, dancer and didgeridoo performer. The aim of this production is to move forward and heal spirits of indigenous and white communities.
The play will be followed by a forum featuring Lyndon Davies, Adrian Ross and Michelle Hall.
Saturday 14th: Community Day from 10am
This remarkable day will be opened with the traditional welcome to country, performed by the Gubbi Gubbi and will go on with a full day of workshops, movies, face painting and bush tucker suited to NAIDOC week.
The compelling, educational and insightful workshops will include traditional storytelling with Lyndon from the Gubbi Gubbi, man's and woman's dance classes, Didgeridoo Lessons and an Art Forum utilizing a slide show to explain the various painting techniques and styles.
Featured movies of the day will be "The human race" an extraordinary film about an even more extraordinary race of three people on foot through the desert of Western Australia.
Saturday 14th: Tribal Dance Party, 7.30pm Bar for an 8.00pm Start, $15
NAIDOC week celebrations will climax Saturday night with an amazing "Tribal Dance Party", featuring bands, good vibes, DJs, Didgeridoos and Dance.
Bands are: "Scott Estrich and band", "Tjupurru" - a proud descendant of the Djabera Djabera tribe of the West Australia Kimberleys and internationally acclaimed local artist "Adrian Ross and band". That night all artists will join their forces to recreate the atmosphere of playing music and dancing around a campfire. So bring your good spirits and come prepared to dance.
For information and bookings please contact the j on 07 5455 4455
60 Noosa Drive
PH: 07 5455 4455
The J, Noosa Junction, Not Assigned
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