Be a part of cul­tural show

Tablelands Advertiser - - LIFESTYLE - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

CUL­TURE and dance will be on dis­play on Tues­day as part of the Mareeba Com­mu­nity NAIDOC event at Arnold Park.

The NAIDOC 2017 theme is all about ‘Our Lan­guages Mat­ter’ and the event will cel­e­brate Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der his­tory and how in­dige­nous lan­guages play a part in Aus­tralian cul­tural iden­tity.

Song and dance will be a ma­jor part of the event along with sto­ry­telling and yarn­ing.

PCYC Mareeba branch man­ager Sergeant Mary-Anne West said there will be plenty of en­ter­tain­ment with in­dige­nous danc­ing, mu­sic, arts and crafts, yarn­ing and sto­ry­telling with damper and tea.

She en­cour­aged all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to at­tend the event as it is not just for in­dige­nous peo­ple.

“It is a whole com­mu­nity event with an open in­vi­ta­tion so every­one can come and cel­e­brate ev­ery­thing In­dige­nous,” she said. On the day there will be give­aways, a free sausage siz­zle and other food and drinks avail­able to buy.

Mrs West said there was go­ing to be a driv­ing sim­u­la­tor in use on the day thanks to the Deputy of Jus­tice and At­tor­ney Gen­eral.

“There will be free health checks by Mu­lungu Abo­rig­i­nal Pri­mary Health Care Ser­vice and plenty of other booths and in­for­ma­tion for every­one who at­tends,” she said.

“There will also be in­for­ma­tion on ca­reers, fur­ther­ing ed­u­ca­tion in­clud­ing trainee­ships, ap­pren­tice­ships, univer­sity and Tafe study and other fu­ture op­tions.”

The free event will start about 10am on Tues­day Septem­ber 19 and go un­til 2pm. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Mareeba PCYC on 4092 4231 or email them on Mareeba@pcyc.org.au. To com­ment on this story: edi­to­rial@table­land­news­pa­pers. com.au face­book.com/table­land­sad­ver­tiser

Pic­ture: Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

NAIDOC cel­e­bra­tions will be held at Arnold Park next Tues­day in­clud­ing tra­di­tional dances from stu­dents like An­drew Brimm, Steven Roberts and Si­jarne Miles.

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