What’s On: NAIDOC at NORPA

Celebrate NAIDOC at NORPA, a free family-friendly celebration on Friday 7 July and Saturday 8 July, held on the lands of the Bundjalung with local and national artists highlighting cultural matters. Sunshine Coast electronic roots band OKA will be headlining the two-day NAIDOC event in Lismore City Hall as it is transformed into a cultural hub, highlighting the diversity of Indigenous talent and sharing stories that many Australians may have not witnessed or heard before.

Ceremony and language will be led by Bundjalung elders with dancing performances by The Deadly Bunharms, Bundjalung Nini Nahri-Gali and Muggerah. Music performances from OKA and local musicians Billy Smith, Teddy Lewis King and Tom Avery will get the crowd moving. While there will be screenings from Black Screen film and hands on music workshops with Darren Compton from Move it Mob Style.

There will also be Elders storytelling and conversation panels, basket weaving workshops and Uncle Mick and Aunty Thelma will be providing delicious bush tucker on both days including damper, crocodile and kangaroo curries.

NAIDOC at NORPA Executive Producer Rhoda Roberts says this event will showcase the diversity of the Northern Rivers region. “We want to provide an experience highlighting the stories of our region that many Australian’s have not heard,” says Ms Roberts “This is a hands on engagement that assists in closing the assumptions and the gaps, while nurturing an exchange of knowledge and respect from an Aboriginal perspective.”

Tickets: This is a free event. No tickets are required.
Where: 1 Bounty St, Lismore NSW 2480


Day One: Friday 7 July
6pm Exhibition Opening The Horses Mouth (photography)
7pm Opening Ceremony
7.30pm A Fair Go

Winning the Referendum (film)
9pm Q&A Panel with Rob Appointed
9.30pm Teddy Lewis King (music)
Bush tucker by Uncle Mick and Aunty Thelma (crocodile, damper, kangaroo curries)

Day Two: Saturday 8 July
11am Elders Stories
12pm Djarn Djarns (film)
12pm Weaving Workshops
12.30pm Green Bush (film)
12.30pm Billy Smith (music)
1pm Plains Empty (film)
1pm Muggerah, Darren Compton Move It Mob Style (music workshop)
1pm Elders Stories
1.30pm Mim (film)
1.45pm Babe In The Reeds and Q&A with Lois Cook (film)
1.30pm Blackboi (music)
2.15pm Climate Justice Language Matters: a frank discussion on the approaches to language when changing the nation’s thinking (public talk)
3-6pm Weaving Workshops
3.20pm Muggerah, Darren Compton (music workshop)
3.15pm My Brother Vinnie (film)
4.30pm Tales from Daly River (film)
5pm Minnie Loves Jnr (film)
5pm In the Sand/Fire (dance)
5.45pm Muggerah, Darren Compton Move It Mob Style (music workshop)
6pm Jandamara War plus Q&A (film)
7.30pm OKA (music)

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