RECENTRE; sisters is a free art show exhibiting work from Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander female artists.
Box Hill Community Arts Centre, in partnership with Baluk Arts, is holding an exhibition of Kunda Beamo, a self-taught Indigenous artist who draws inspiration from reclaiming his identity and culture.
The exhibition is currently showing until 8th July at Box Hill Community Arts Centre and is free for all to attend.
Concerned Australians will be hosting a forum to join in conversation with NT Aboriginal Elders and Community Leaders. The topic will be the impact of the Australian Government’s Northern Territory Intervention, respect for the sovereignty of First Peoples, and the pathway to treaty/treaties.
More information can be found at the event page
To celebrate NAIDOC Week, the Bass Coast/South Gippsland Reconciliation Group will be holding an Indigenous Art Exhibition in Inverloch. The opening night will be Saturday 1st July 2017, from 4-6pm.
Y Water Discovery Centre @ Yea Wetlands will be celebrating NAIDOC Week through a ‘Walk in the Wetlands’ with Taungurung representative, Angela Tenburren. Angela will discuss the Indigenous plants of the Yea Wetlands and their traditional uses. The walk will conclude with a ‘Taste of Taungurung’ afternoon tea at the Y Water Discovery Centre.
Come along to this family-friendly event to celebrate NAIDOC Week at Collingwood Children’s Farm. Activities will include a performance by Wayapa Wuurrk traditional dancers, a BBQ, Indigenous bush planting, cultural craft, mural painting and face painting. The event is free and will be held at Collingwood Children's Farm, Abbotsford.
More information can be found here
To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2017 and its theme ‘Our Languages Matter’, come along to Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne for activities including a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony, free BBQ, didgeridoo playing, and Indigenous story-telling. The event will be held on Wednesday 5th July at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Cranbourne from 10am – 2pm and is free for all to attend.
Celebrate Aboriginal culture and language during NAIDOC week on the ancestral lands of the Koolin people at Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. Activities include a smoking ceremony, traditional stories around the fire with Uncle Ron and Aunty Faye, decorating your own boomerang and making an ochre hand-print to take home.
For more information click here
The City of Whittelsea and Ngarara Willim Centre will be celebrating NAIDOC Week with a day of family activities including a guided tour of the Keelbundoora Scarred Tree and Heritage Trail led by Wurundjeri elder, Ian Hunter, followed by a light lunch.
Come along to the exhibition opening of Deanne Gilson’s ‘In Between the Object and the Gaze’. The official opening will include a Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony, Women’s Cleansing Dance, and singing in language by Barry Gilson.
The official opening will be held during NAIDOC Week on Thursday July 6th at 5.30pm (for a 6pm start).
The exhibition runs from June 23rd to July 15th, 2017 at the Post Office Gallery, Ballarat.
For more information, click here
To celebrate NAIDOC Week and the 2017 theme ‘Our Languages Matter” Kingston Arts will be presenting ‘Tarnuk Biik – Earth Bowls’, an exhibition of over 30 hand-built ceramic works by more than 15 Indigenous artists associated with Baluk Arts. Tarnuk Biik translates into Boonwurrung as ‘Coolamon Earth’.Tarnuks or coolamons are based on Indigenous carrying bowls traditionally carved of wood.
There will also be workshops with Baluk Arts to create Coolamons:
Kids (6+) Coolamon Making - Saturday 8th July, 10-11am, Shirley Burke Theatre
Adult Coolamon Making - Saturday 22nd July, 10-11.45am, Shirley Burke Theatre
Free but bookings essential.
For more information and to book, visit the website
Come along to learn Woi-Wurrung, the language of the Wurundjeri people, with Uncle Bill Nicholson. Join the Wurundjeri Stories easy trail walk at Pound Bend and connect with the stories and lives of the traditional custodians of this land
Focusing on the 2017 NAIDOC Week theme “Our Languages Matter”, NGV will be holding a discussion with Boon Wurrung elder, Arweet Carolyn Briggs and Wiradjuri writer, teacher and academic Jeanine Leane. The women will be highlighting the role of language in shaping identity and why the preservation of Indigenous language is so important.
For more information and to book visit the website
Now in its fifth year, Smith Street Dreaming 2017 celebrates the footprint of Koorie history in Collingwood and Fitzroy. This year the festival will feature Frank Yamma, Emma Donovan, Yung Warriors, Indigenous HIP HOP Projects, and Jindi Worabak.
The Yingadi Immersion experience returns in 2017. Come along to explore Aboriginal spirituality and connection to land by walking with Mutthi Mutthi woman, Vicki Clark and in the footsteps of her ancestors at Lake Mungo and Balranald.
This coming Sunday, join us for a musical feast, for a plethora of speakers, soulful story-telling, art for auction and educational short films. Make your presence make a difference.
All funds raised go to Intervantion Rollback Action Group (IRAG) in Alice Springs for their up coming conference, Standing Strong! Standing Strong! Standing Together! in Alice Springs 23-26 June.
On the 25th anniversary of the historic Mabo Decision, Federation Square and the Koorie National Trust are inviting you to get together for a picnic and commemorate the day with the Torres Strait Islander community.
Come along on June 3rd, 12pm – 3pm at Birrarung, River Terrace. Free admission.
More information found here
Baluk Arts Mornington invites you to get involved in a practical workshop where you can learn to weave local grass with Arrernte artist, Kirsty Bell.
In honour of Reconciliation Week, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts & Melbourne Conservatorium of Music have teamed up in a benefit concert to raise both awareness and funds to address the high suicide rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Community HART Award recognizes and acknowledges the work of local governments and community organizations in advancing reconciliation at a local level in Victoria.
Come along to the fourth annual award ceremony held on Friday June 2nd, 12.30pm – 3pm at the Koorie Heritage Trust in Federation Square. A light lunch and entertainment provided as well.
More information and booking found: HERE
Learn about the land on which Melbourne now stands, how the landscape has changed over time and its significance to the Aboriginal Peoples of the Kulin Nation.
With a Koorie Heritage Trust guide, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the site now known as Melbourne as well as gain information about the Aboriginal art installations located down by the river.
For information and booking click here
Boroondara council voted to make ‘acknowledgment of country’ optional at their council meetings, civic events and citizenship ceremonies as for it not to be seen as ‘tokenistic’. The decision was revealed one day after Malcom Turnbull presented the ninth Closing the Gap report on indigenous disadvantage.
ANTaR Boroondara has organised a public meeting on the 31st of May calling on the City of Boroondara to reinstate acknowledgment of country and renew their reconciliation action plan.
The meeting will be chaired by Assoc. Prof Ken Coghill.
The Hon. Natalie Hutchins – Minster for Aboriginal Affairs, Local Government and Industrial Affairs.
Uncle John Baxter- Reconciliation Victoria Committee
Cr. Trent McCarthy – City of Darebin
A petition has been created by local residents to reinstate these acknowledgments, to sign it click here
Want to test your knowledge about Aboriginal culture, music, history and politics? Want to learn more? Want to laugh along the way? Join quiz masters Jason Tamiru and Kerrie Loveless, singer and composer Elaine Crombie and honored guest Uncle Jack Charles for a night of music, comedy and trivia to celebrate Reconciliation week 2017.
Hosted by the Footscray Community Arts Centre, HRAFF Goes West! is a celebration of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival's 10th anniversary.
Uncle Wes Marne, a 95-year-old Bigambul man and community elder, is bringing his piece Fire Bucket to the Yirramboi festival.
The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival is hosting a screening of Zach's Ceremony, an indigenous coming-of-age film.
ACMI is hosting a panel discussing a range of Indigenous issues, to take stock of the current place of First Nations and Indigenous peoples in Australia.
Hosted by BLAKflip and Circus OZ, Chasing Smoke is a representation of the world's oldest living culture told through contemporary circus.
Native Girl Syndrome is a theatrical piece from Lara Kramer.
The opening event of the Yirramboi festival, Barrun Ganbu is described as “an evening of sound, smoke & song and high camp hilarity."
Yirramboi is taking place over nine days during May. Focusing on the five streams of Ngulu (give voice to), Yingadha Buluk (all sing together), Yulendj (knowledge), Bullarto Wonthaggi (everyone gathering together) and Nganga Burnbunak (see and feel), the festival is hosted by the City of Melbourne and contains over 50 events.
Burrun Gambu - first night- 5 May
The first event of Yirramboi, Burrun Gambu promises an "evening of sound, smoke & song and high camp hilarity." A traditional smoking welcome ceremony will be conducted from 6.30pm, followed by an opening party starting at 7.30pm. The opening party, hosted by Miss Ellaneous, includes a performance by electro-soul duo ELECTRIC FIELDS, as well as many other Indigenous "queer, gender bending pop-up live arts."
Chasing Smoke- 6-9 May
"Chasing Smoke is a glimpse into the world’s oldest living culture told through the limitless art form of contemporary circus. Tumbling through life while juggling our responsibilities in an age where culture, tradition, land and identity are under threat. BLAKflip performers ignite the imagination and paint the world that was, that is, and that could be."
RECENTRE; sisters- 6-14 May
RECENTRE; sisters is an all-female art exhibition showing the work of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander artists. The show strives to subvert the standard patriarchal gaze through cultural revival and activism. Focusing on both historical legacy and matriarchal future, RECENTRE will highlight the female role in the community and bring this back to the foreground. The show exhibits artists Paola Balla, Hannah Bronte, Tara-Rose Butterworth-Gonebale, Destiny Deacon, Hannah Gutchen, Lorraine Connelly-Northey and Kimba Thomson.
To see the full program head to http://yirramboi.net.au/
In 1997, Defenders of Native Title (DONT) was formed from a group of grassroots supporters of Reconciliation. Two decades on, now called ANTaAR Victoria we are getting ready to celebrate our 20th anniversary. The event is kindly supported by the City of Yarra Council.
Aboriginal Victoria is inviting the Victorian Aboriginal community to attend the Victorian Forum Treaty. This will be a chance for Aboriginal Victorians to participate in the decision making process in choosing a representative body and negotiating the treaty framework, as well as hearing about recent community consultations.
The Koorie heritage trust is holding a monthly workshop which explores the creative and cultural practices currently taking place in Victoria. The next workshop is on Friday the 21st April - Gunditjmara / Kirrae Whurrong master weaver Bronwyn Razem will be coming in to share both the traditional and contemporary forms of weaving with the group.
Everyone is welcome, no prior skills are needed. Attendees will be able to create a bracelet to take home.
For more information click here
The co-production by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and Belvoir illustrates the definitive and revolutionary acts that took place in 1881 at Coranderrk Aboriginal reserve. From the 18th of April to the 18th of July you have the chance to witness this great production across various venues.
To book tickets and learn more about Coranderrk’s painful history as well as its resilience and strength click here
From the 6th of April, Victoria University will be exhibiting works from the life of Lisa Bellear. A prominent member of the Indigenous community, Bellear was a Minjungbul/Goernpil/Noonuccal/Kanak woman based in Melbourne. Amongst other things, she was a poet, activist, performer, academic and photographer. Over her career, she took almost 30,000 photographs, mostly of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people. Upon her death in 2006, these works were donated by her family to the Koorie Heritage Trust. This exhibition aims to show the range and significance of her many years of work.
The Pitcha Makin Fellas, alongside Myles Walsh have just launched the book ‘Whats in a name?’ Come down to the Koorie Heritage trust to meet the Pitcha Makin Fellas, and learn how they made their book and work with them to create your own stamp and pictures.
To RVSP for this free event click here.
This year’s annual Victorian Reconciliation Network Forum will take place on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. The forum will be based at the Derby Hill Blue Light Youth camp in Maldon.
Zach’s ceremony is a new film illustrating one aboriginal boy’s journey to manhood. It is a complex and emotionally driven film that explores the universal themes of family and connection, whilst exploring what it means for Zach to be a modern man with pressures and temptations who belongs to the oldest living culture on earth.
Click here to watch the trailer
Advanced screenings will on Tuesday 28th March, 6.30pm at Cinema Nova
On Thursday the 23rd March from 6pm the opening of Raymond Young’s newest exhibition ‘Keeping Culture Alive’ will take place at Metro Gallery. Over 50 new ceramic peices and hand carved traditional designs from east Gippsland will be on display.
Youngs art practice began when he participated in Torch projects Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community Program. He has since won the acclaimed 2015 Victorian indigenous art award and had his art showcased at the NGV.
Metro Gallery is at 1214 Street, Armadale 3143, the exhibition runs until the 12th April.
For further event information click here
Aboriginal Victoria is facilitating a number of consultations throughout Victoria to engage and educate the Victorian Aboriginal community on the process of treaty. What it means, what has happened so far and where to next. The initial meetings are the first step in deciding which Aboriginal people will lead the negotiations on behalf of Aboriginal people.
There will be two sessions, the first at 10am- 3pm and the second 4pm-7pm.
To register your interest click here.
Moreland council residents are extending an invitation to connect with local community to join in on the initial meeting of the Moreland Reconciliation Network. The aim of this is to explore interest, information and share resources between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non- Aboriginal people in hopes to develop and inspire action in continuing meaningful reconciliation.
This event will be held on Wednesday the 22nd March 7 -8.30 pm at Robinson Reserve Neighbourhood house, 104A Reynard St, Coburg, 3058
Click here to register.
What’s in a name? Is a story of how the Walsh family had their Aboriginal names replaced with an anglicised surname of Walsh. This is a contemporary account of how ‘official Australia’ has impacted the lives of the Walsh family as well as the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. What’s in a Name? has recently been named a CBCA Notable Book of 2017 in the Younger Readers category.
What’s in a name? Has been illustrated by the acclaimed Pitcha Makin Fellas, a group of Aboriginal men passionate about culture and community, who come together to write and paint.