’Blak, loud and proud’: Celebration of culture

Benjamin Thomson.

Take an interactive journey that brings the past to the present – hear inspiring stories, make your own traditional clay pot, and learn the ancient art of canoe building to help the community unite for a special week of celebrations.

Residents and visitors are being invited to be part of NAIDOC Week with a range of events in our region from 7 to 14 July.

NAIDOC Week will celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Rosanna Natoli said NAIDOC Week invited the community to listen, learn and engage in meaningful dialogue.

“The theme this year is ‘Keep the fire burning! Blak, loud and proud’,” Mayor Natoli said.

“The week highlights the importance of fostering a society where the wisdom and contributions of Indigenous peoples are valued and respected.

“The theme honours the enduring strength and vitality of First Nations culture – with fire a symbol of connection to Country, to each other, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

Mayor Natoli invited the community to attend the 2024 NAIDOC Flag Raising Ceremony at the Nambour Library Forecourt.

“The ceremony will highlight the Sunshine Coast First Nations community’s significance of First Nations connection to Country, values and culture,” she said.

“Join us on Wednesday 10 July, at 10.30am for this free event.”

What you can experience this NAIDOC Week:

First Nations Dyungungoo digital interactive and immersive experience

What: Using an Xbox gaming console, participants interact with the First Nations people they meet on a journey of survival prior to European settlement.

When: July 10-14

Time: 10am-3pm

Where: Bankfoot House, 1998 Old Gympie Road, Glass House Mountains

Self-Guided Tour – Bark Canoe and documentary

What: See the canoe built by Lyndon Davis, Brent Miller, Nathan Morgan and Kerry Jones using the traditional skills and traditions of bark canoe making. Watch the short video discussing the project’s national significance and value to the community.

When: July 10-14

Time: 10am-3pm

Where: Landsborough Museum, 4 Maleny Street, Landsborough

Handmade Coolamon Workshops

What: Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tradition of creating coolamon clay pots. Engage in inspiring conversations with Aunty Jude Hammond as you craft your art piece. Roll up your sleeves and get hands-on with air-dry clay, shaping and moulding your unique pot. Take home a one-of-a-kind coolamon, crafted by your own hands.

When: August 6 and August 13

Time: 11am-1.30pm

Where: Nambour and Maroochydore Libraries

Tickets: $25 per person. To buy tickets and for more information visit council’s libraries’ website.

Jinibara digital stories with Aunty Edna and Uncle Noel

What: Hear inspiring stories from local First Nations elders on the brilliant big screen at City Hall which measures a whopping 7.68 metres long x 1.08m high. The two short films are around five minutes in length each and will play on repeat throughout NAIDOC Week.

When: July 8-12

Time: 8.30am-4.30pm

Where: Sunshine Coast City Hall, 54 First Avenue, Maroochydore

Wan’Diny NAIDOC Family Fun Day

Date: Saturday, 19 October

Time: 9am – 3pm

Where: Black Swan Park Cotton Tree, The Esplanade, Maroochydore QLD 4558

For tickets and more information visit the Wan’diny NAIDOC Facebook event for details.

Check out council’s website for event details, more information and a list of other NAIDOC Week activities planned across the Sunshine Coast.