Celebrate NAIDOC Week
Honour the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the first week of July with these major events. This year’s theme is ‘Because of Her, We Can!’ By Emma Joyce
It was a big year for soulful electronic-pop duo Electric Fields in 2017: they won New Talent of the Year in the National Indigenous Music Awards and took home Live Act of the Year and Live Voice of the Year for singer Zaachariaha Fielding in the National Live Music Awards. Hot on the heels of a Sydney Opera House gig for Vivid Live, the Adelaidean musicians will be back in Sydney for Koori Radio’s night of Indigenous music at Carriageworks. Fielding, who often sings in his traditional language Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara, and music producer and composer Michael Ross will share a moving and intimate set. Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh 2015. carriageworks.com.au. 8pm. $15. Sat Jul 14.
NAIDOC in the City
Held on a Saturday for the first time, NAIDOC in the City is a lunchtime celebration of the world’s longest living cultures through food, song, dance and art. Head to Hyde Park to taste food cooked in an earth oven, watch women dance with pride in the sand circle and listen and learn from chefs in the cooking demonstrations. The whole event honours the contributions
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women over the
generations. Hyde Park Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000. whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov. au/events/naidoc-in-the-city. 10am-2pm. Free. Sat Jul 14.
Because of Her, We Can!
Darug elders and the local community around Rouse Hill House and Farm celebrate NAIDOC Week with a day of food, art, song, dance and language sharing in a day named for this year’s theme. Darug artist Leanne Watson will be running an art workshop, there’ll be Darug language workshops held in the 1888 Rouse Hill School House, and you can try your hand at making and throwing a boomerang. Here for a feed? Mad Mob and the Muru Mittigar Café are providing the snacks, and poetsinger-dancer Gumaroy Newman will liven up the farmyard with an afternoon performance. Rouse Hill House and Farm, 356 Annangrove Rd, Rouse Hill 2155. sydneylivingmuseums.com.au. 10am-3pm. Free. Sun Jul 15.