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‘Stand Up!’ It’s time for a vital celebration of culture

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‘Stand Up!’ It’s time for a vital celebration of culture


'Stand Up!' Where you can join in as Coast hosts a series of NAIDOC Week events

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A range of events will be held around the region to celebrate NAIDOC Week, amid a call for justice, equity and recognition of First Nations peoples.

From flag raising to family fun days and art exhibitions, there will be plenty of events and activities to mark the week, from July 3 to July 10.

This year’s theme is ‘Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!’, which calls on the community to rally for systemic change and continue to support and secure institutional, structural, collaborative and cooperative reforms.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said NAIDOC Week was a highlight on the local events calendar.

“Sunshine Coast Council remains committed to ensuring we have strengthened working relationships with First Nations peoples and continued to advance reconciliation,” he said.

“The updated Reconciliation Action Plan highlights our continued commitment to promoting the self-determination of First Nations peoples focusing on providing equitable economic, employability and education opportunities within the organisation.”

Community Portfolio Councillor David Law said he was looking forward to the range of events held across the region for NAIDOC Week.

“NAIDOC Week is a great opportunity to reflect on and celebrate First Nations culture, heritage and the First Nations community’s proud history of getting up, standing up, and showing up,” he said.

“The 2022 theme invites us to act decisively and shape a future based on justice, equity, and proper recognition of First Nations peoples.

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“Council is committed to growing a strong community including long-term and meaningful engagement with Traditional Custodians and First Nations communities as part of the Sunshine Coast Community Strategy 2019-2041 and our Corporate Plan 2021-2025.”

NAIDOC Week celebrations will start with a NAIDOC Week Flag Raising Ceremony, to be held at Nambour Forecourt, outside of the Eddie De Vere building (Council Chambers in Nambour) on the corner of Currie and Bury streets, at Nambour on Monday, July 4 at 9am.

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Families celebrate the NAIDOC Flag Raising in 2021.

NAIDOC Week events

Lyndon Davis: Djagan Yaman 

This is the first major solo exhibition of Lyndon Davis (Kabi Kabi). He is an internationally acclaimed artist, educator and cultural performer. Born and raised on the Sunshine Coast, Lyndon’s arts practice represents his deep connection to Country. The exhibition brings together painting, objects, moving image and sound.

Where: USC Art Gallery, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs.

When: Until Saturday, August 6, from 10am to 4pm Mondays to Fridays and from 10am to 1pm on Saturdays.

Entry: Free. For more information, visit USC Art Gallery. 

Hayley Millar Baker

There we were all in one place is an early career survey exhibition of cross-cultural artist Hayley Millar Baker (Gunditjmara). There we were all in one placebrings these five bodies of work together for the first time to consider the ways in which Millar Baker uses photography and storytelling to re-author history and assert the authority of memory and experience across generations

Where: USC Art Gallery, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs.

When: Until Saturday, August 6, from 10am to 4pm Mondays to Fridays and from 10am to 1pm on Saturdays.

Entry: Free. For more information, visit USC Art Gallery. 

Veiled Histories: Jennifer Herd (MBarbarum) and Joanne Currie Nalingu (Gungurri)

Two extraordinary visual storytellers are honoured with this exhibition. It’s a curated collection of works by acclaimed First Nations artists Jennifer Herd (MBarbarum) and Joanne Currie Nalingu (Gungurri). The exhibition captures their enduring artistic careers – from Jennifer’s shields as a metaphor for strength and protection, through to Joanne’s distinctive linear patterning symbolising her deep spiritual connection to the river.

Where: Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra.

When: From July 1 to August 21, from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 4pm and Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 2pm. The launch is on June 30, at 6pm.

Entry: Free. Registration is required for the launch. For more information, see Caloundra Regional Gallery.

Sunshine Coast Libraries celebrate NAIDOC Week 

Sunshine Coast Council Libraries will host a range of activities and provide resources across NAIDOC.

Where: Various locations, see Sunshine Coast Libraries.

When: From Sunday, July 3 to Sunday, July 10, various opening hours, see Sunshine Coast Libraries.

Entry: Free. For more information, see Sunshine Coast Libraries.

Sunshine Coast Council NAIDOC Flag RaisingSunshine Coast Council invites the community to attend its annual flag raising ceremony. This civic event showcases the Sunshine Coast First Nations community by highlighting the significance of First Nations connection to Country, their values and their culture.

Where: Nambour Library Forecourt, Cnr Currie and Bury Streets, Nambour.

When: Monday, July 4, from 10am.

Entry: Free. To register and for more information, visit Eventbrite.

Wan’diny NAIDOC Family Fun Day

Wan’diny is hosting a Family Fun Day for NAIDOC Week. There will be plenty of action, including cultural workshops, live music, interactive stalls and more.

Where: Quota Memorial Park, Mathew Street, Nambour.

When: Saturday, July 9, from 10am.

Entry: Free. For more information, see Wan’diny NAIDOC Family Fun Day.

For more information about NAIDOC Week on the Sunshine Coast, visit, Sunshine Coast Council – NAIDOC.