#LearnRespectCelebrate is the tag for this year’s NAIDOC festival and it could not be more appropriate.
This year’s festival took place over 17 -18 June in Central’s Northbridge campus and featured a variety of events to teach and entertain.
Like the tag itself, learning, respect and celebration came together in this year’s festival, to show how unique and important indigenous culture is.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. The committee formerly organised events during NAIDOC week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.
This year’s festival featured stalls and activities to give everyone a taste (sometimes literally) of indigenous culture.
Among the crowd favourites were the Bush Tucker samples by Urban Indigenous, who served a smorgasbord of tasty treats and Ranger Red Petting Zoo, which featured Australian animals like snakes, lizards and an owl.
It wasn’t all eating and petting though. Over the two days, there was a fashion show, scavenger hunt, rock painting workshops, dreamtime movies, dance and theatre, all designed to illustrate and celebrate the culture.
Indigenous culture is often under appreciated, but it is a major part of Australian identity and heritage. It is important to take time out to appreciate and celebrate the culture of the first Australians.
Though the main focus of the festival was Australian indigenous culture, it also served as a celebration of cultures from around the world, fully living up to the hash tag of #LearnRespectCelebrate.