30+ Events to Celebrate NAIDOC Week in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter

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NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and this year it will be held from 3 – 10 July 2022. This year, the theme of NAIDOC week is Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.

Torres Strait Islander Storytelling & Art Workshop – Newcastle Library

Saturday 2 July | Newcastle Library | 10am – 12pm | No bookings required – just drop in | Details

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with local Torres Strait Islander artist Toby Cedar as he leads an interactive storytelling and art workshop for children and families. Hear from the artist as he shares traditional Torres Strait Islander stories and demonstrates artmaking techniques. Participants will take home their own wearable work of art inspired by Cedar’s contemporary totemic headdress from Newcastle Art Gallery’s collection ‘Op Nor Beizam (Shark Mask) Pearl’ 2018. 

NAIDOC Community Celebration – Gosford

Sunday 3 July | Leagues Club Park Gosford | From 9:30am | Details

Join Darkinjung in solidarity to launch NAIDOC 2022. Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council invites the Central Coast Community to march in unity to officially open NAIDOC Week 2022. Community is invited to meet at Kibble Park Gosford for a Community Celebration with market stalls, entertainment and more.

Torres Strait Islander Storytelling & Art Workshop – Lambton Library

Sunday 3 July | Lambton Library | 2pm – 4pm | No bookings required – just drop in | Details

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with local Torres Strait Islander artist Toby Cedar as he leads an interactive storytelling and art workshop for children and families. Hear from the artist as he shares traditional Torres Strait Islander stories and demonstrates artmaking techniques. Participants will take home their own wearable work of art inspired by Cedar’s contemporary totemic headdress from Newcastle Art Gallery’s collection ‘Op Nor Beizam (Shark Mask) Pearl’ 2018. 

Snak and Rap at Mallabula Skate Park

Sunday 3 July | Mallabula Skate Park | 11am – 1pm | Details

Music, art, food, fun, community and conversation – engaging and connecting young people at Mallabula.

Murrook Family Fun Day

Monday 4 July | Murrook Cultural Centre  | 10am – 2pm | Details

Join in for family fun activities, entertainment and a BBQ at the Murrook Cultural Centre

NAIDOC Week Art Workshops

Monday 4 July – Sunday 10 July | Stockland Green Hills | 11am – 2pm | Free | Details

Speaking in Colour, will be hosting workshops exploring Aboriginal art and weaving. The training and workshops aim to increase cultural education across our region – and Australia. Monday to Wednesday and Sunday will be art workshops where participants will earn about how to be inspired by Traditional Aboriginal Art to create something contemporary in a cultural appropriate way. Participants have the opportunity to create an art keepsake. Thursday to Saturday will be weaving workshops where participants learn about traditional Aboriginal Weaving techniques with the opportunity to create a contemporary weaving keepsake (bracelet).

Newcastle NAIDOC Celebration

Monday 4 July | Foreshore Park Newcastle | 10am – 2pm | Details

Join in the Newcastle NAIDOC Celebration. The event starts at 9am at Civic Park with a march and flag raising at 9am. The march proceeds to Foreshore Park where you will find a main stage with headline act Mitch Tambo, Exhibitors and freebie gifts, food, rides and activities for the whole family.

NAIDOC Week NAIDOC Week Morning Tea

Monday 4 July | Belmont Neighbourhood Centre | 11am start | Free | Details

To celebrate NAIDOC Week, Belmont Neighbourhood Centre are inviting the public to a free morning tea and garden tour at the Belmont Neighbourhood Centre on Monday 4th July, 11am start. Call them on 49470031 to book your spot today.

YWCA Hunter First Nations School Holiday Program

Monday 4 July – Friday 8 July | YWCA Hunter | 10am to 2pm | $100 or free with Creative Kids voucher | Details

Indigenous high school students can participate in a cultural holiday program during NAIDOC Week, designed to maintain the appreciation and respect for our Indigenous culture. YWCA Hunter presents a NAIDOC week school holiday program for Indigenous high school students to participate in contemporary Indigenous dance, arts and more. A showcase will be presented to the public. Sessions held across 5 days – 4-8 July 2022 with public showcase held on 8th July at 1pm.

NAIDOC Week March in Raymond Terrace

Tuesday 5 July | Raymond Terrace War Memorial to Council Administration Building  | 8am – 10am | Details

A march through Raymond Terrace, followed by a flag raising and smoking ceremony at the Port Stephens Council Administration Building.

Celebration of Existence March

Tuesday 5 July | Maitland Court House | 9:30am for – 10am | Free

Join Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council for the Celebration of Existence March. Come early and get painted up before the march. Join them for lunch at Mindaribba LALC – Metford after the march.

Westlake NAIDOC Family Day

Tuesday 5 July | Lions Park Toronto | 11am – 3pm | Free

Participate in the Westlake NAIDOC Family Day 2022. It features local artists and DJ, Aboriginal cultural workshops, Elders Tent, food trucks, market stalls, free sausage sizzle, free amusement rides and face painting. Colour Run at 2:30pm.

Wayapa Wuurk in Civic Park

Tuesday 5 July | Civic Park | 11am – 11:45am or 1pm to 1:45pm | Free for Library Members. Bookings essential | Details

Sarah, a Darkinjung woman, introduces families to Wayapa Wuurrk an Aboriginal wellness practice through little yarns linking each of Wayapa elements to Aboriginal culture, sustainability and Country. She encourages us to all Get Up, Show Up and Stand Up to Care for Country. The session will finish with a Wayapa Wuurrk practice suitable for all ages and abilities! Everyone Welcome! Bring along a rug to sit on and wear comfortable clothing so you can move gently during the session. If raining wet weather alternative in Lovett Gallery, City Library. 

Barkuma’s NAIDOC Family Fun Day

Tuesday 5 July | Binarri Jinama-Gu, Sawyers Gully | 10am – 2pm | Details

A celebration of culture and community on Country with Barkuma’s family fun day. Come along for entertainment, rides, interactive activities, service provider information, and community stalls. Food and drinks will be available for purchase (cash only) and attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or a picnic rug. A free shuttle bus is available from Kurri Kurri, please call 4019 9700 to reserve your seat.

NAIDOC Week Storytime at Cessnock Library

Tuesday 5 July | Cessnock Library | Activities begin from 10am | Details

Celebrate NAIDOC Week at Cessnock Library with stories, songs and craft, suitable for ages 2 – 6. Bookings are essential by calling the library on 4993 4399 or visiting the website.

Cultural Fire Story at Cessnock

Tuesday 5 July | Cessnock Performing Arts Centre | 10:30am – 11:30am | Details

Aboriginal cultural fire practitioner Den Barber, will take the stage at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre to discuss his journey from working as a professional fire fighter to becoming a cultural fire practitioner. Tickets are free however bookings are essential.

NAIDOC Week Storytime at Toronto Library

Tuesday 5 July | Toronto Library | 10:30am – 11:15am | Free but please book a ticket for all children and adults attending | Details

Celebrate NAIDOC week at a sharing culture storytime. Join Elder Uncle Amos from Muurrung Marai where he will share Awabakal Language through song, dance and puppets. Suitable for ages 4-10 years.

Lake Macquarie City Council NAIDOC Week flag raising ceremony

Wednesday 6 July | Council Administration Building – Speers Point | 9am – 11am | Free but bookings essential | Details

Lake Macquarie Council invites you to attend their annual NAIDOC Week flag-raising ceremony and morning tea. This honours the memory and legacy of Uncle Bill Smith and Elders who have passed over. The ceremony will be live streamed on Council’s Facebook page.

Nelson Bay NAIDOC Week Fun Day

Wednesday 6 July | Nelson Bay Foreshore  | 10am – 2pm | Details

Hosted by Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council and Worimi Conservation Lands (NPWS) at Nelson Bay Foreshore.

Singleton NAIDOC Family Fun Day

Wednesday 6 July | Singleton Show Ground  | 10am – 3pm

This NAIDOC Week event includes Welcome Ceremony & Flag Raise, free BBQ, cultural activities, Koori oke, jumping castles, service & community stalls and Elders Tent.

Northern NSW Football NAIDOC Cup

Wednesday 6 July | Lake Macquarie Football Facility | Time TBA | Details

On Wednesday, 6th July, Football NSW will partner with Northern NSW Football in the staging of the inaugural NAIDOC Cup. A celebration of First Nations’ communities, culture and football, the Cup will feature male and female representative teams (aged 14-16) from each Member Federation going head-to-head at the Lake Macquarie Football Facility, streamed live via the NPL.TV platform. (Stream times will be advised closer to the date).

Uncle Perry Sharing Culture Session

Wednesday 6 July | Lovett Gallery (above Newcastle Library) | 11am – 11:45am | Free for Library Members. Bookings essential | Details

Uncle Perry is a proud Kamilaroi man. His mothers’ country is Coonabarabran. Join us as he shares his knowledge of Aboriginal life and culture through yidaki (didgeridoo) playing and storytelling. Listen to Uncle Perry and learn about the oldest living culture in the world. 

NAIDOC Week at Westfield Kotara

Wednesday 6 July | Westfield Kotara | 11:30am onwards | Free | Details

The event starts with a smoking and welcome ceremony hosted by the Worimi people and lead by Tamara Towers on the Rooftop Stage. Afterwards, children can have their face painted in traditional Aboriginal art lead by local elders Uncle Warren, Aunty Deb and Aunty Paulie from 12pm to 1pm on Level 2, near Target. This will be followed by a dance performance at 1:30pm. Bloodline sister girls Aboriginal dance group represents Aboriginal cultural connections, Aunty Tam and the girls will perform a Welcome dance, Ancestors dance, Pelican dance and a Rain dance.

WaNay Disco at Metford

Wednesday 6 July | Mindaribba LALC, Metford | 6pm – 9pm | Free | Contact the LALC Office 4015 7000 to register your attendance

Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Council presents WaNay Disco for NAIDOC Week. It’s free entry but phone to register your attendance. All supervision of children is the parent / carer responsibility.

NAIDOC Artmaking at MAP mima

Thursday 7 July | MAP mima | 10am or 11am | Free but booking required | Details

See an amazing multi media display of artworks produced by local school students during workshops with respected Aboriginal artist Saretta Fielding. These artworks will inform designs that will be applied to the Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track (FAST).  Families can also enjoy artmaking activities in the grounds of MAP mima at 10am or 11am. Recommended for ages 5 -12 years (children must be accompanied by an adult).

NAIDOC Week at Westfield Kotara

Thursday 7 July | Westfield Kotara | 11:30am onwards | Free | Details

The event starts with Welcome to County performed by the Worimi people on Level 2. Afterwards, children can participate in a free art workshop from 12pm to 1pm on Level 2, near Target. *Limited to 20 children per session. This will be followed by a Tool and Artefact Talk at 1pm. Aboriginal Cultural yarn with brother Darcy about Aboriginal tools and artefacts. Following this is a Stone Knapping demonstration.

WaNay Disco & Official Opening at Aberdare

Thursday 7 July | Mindaribba LALC, Aberdare | 5pm – 9pm | Free | Contact the LALC Office 4015 7000 to register your attendance

Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Council presents WaNay Disco for NAIDOC Week. It’s free entry but phone to register your attendance. All supervision of children is the parent / carer responsibility.

Kurri Kurri Community Services NAIDOC Week Celebration

Friday 8 July | Kurri Kurri Community Services, 251 Lang St, Kurri Kurri | From 11am | Free but bookings required | Details

Kurri Kurri Community Services NAIDOC Week 2022 Art Competition Exhibition coming to a close with a celebration on Friday 8 July. Join in the celebrations with us where we will announce and celebrate the amazing winners. This is the last chance to view all the incredible art competition entries. Free BBQ lunch provided, so please register in the Eventbrite for catering purposes.

NAIDOC Week Storytime at Belmont Library

Saturday 9 July | Belmont Library | 10:30am – 11:15am | Free but please book a ticket for all children and adults attending | Details

Celebrate NAIDOC week at a sharing culture storytime. Join Elder Uncle Amos from Muurrung Marai where he will share Awabakal Language through song, dance and puppets. Suitable for ages 4-10 years.

NAIDOC Family Fun Day at Cessnock

Saturday 9 July | TAFE Park, Cessnock | 10:30am – 3pm | Free | Details

Join us to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2022 and honour our local Aboriginal community, whilst acknowledging the culture of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. There will be carnival rides, entertainment, an Elders marquee and market stalls. Lots of fun for the whole family!

NAIDOC Week Film Screening at Cessnock

Monday 11 July | Cessnock Performing Arts Centre | 10:30am – 12pm | Free but bookings essential | Details

A program of three wonderful films from across the country, presented on the big screen at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. Angels Gather Here is a story of hope and survival. Told with humour and love, the story follows Jacki Trapman as she journeys home to Brewarrina to celebrate her parents 60th wedding anniversary. Cheeky Dog is a delightful portrait of young Tennant Creek artist, Dion Beasley. Dion Beasley is an Indigenous teenager who is deaf and has muscular dystrophy. He lives with his family in Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. Ringtone is a beautiful, funny and surprising film about the place of mobile phones in a contemporary Indigenous community.

NAIDOC Family Movie Night

Monday 11 July |  Noel Unicomb Community Hall, Woodberry | 3pm to 7:30pm | Free but bookings essential | Details

Join Maitland Family Support for a fun-filled night celebrating and recognising the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. There will be cultural activities from 3pm with Move it Mob Style Dance, Aboriginal art & craft, local artists display. This will be followed by pizza at 5pm and a movie from 5:30pm. BYO movie snacks and a picnic rug. Vote for your preferred movie on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/maitlandfamilysupport/

Jason Edwards NAIDOC Week Koorioke

Friday 15 July |  Club Macquarie Argenton | 6pm onward | $10 Entry

Hear all your favourite songs in this NAIDOC Week Koorioke. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Coin toss for Straight Bottle.

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