NAIDOC Week recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. What started as a day of mourning in 1940 is now a full week of events that acknowledge the contributions of Australia’s First Peoples.
The 2017 theme: "Our Languages Matter" aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.
Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so that the total number of named varieties would have run to many hundreds.
Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on.
NAIDOC in the City is a free celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the world’s oldest living culture through food, song, art, dance and language in the heart of the city.
Fill your belly. Enjoy delicious tucker prepared by local vendors. There’ll even be an earth oven, so you can witness traditional cooking techniques!
WHEN: Monday July 3rd
WHERE: Hyde Park, Elizabeth Street, Sydney
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