The only thing left is to make sure we get the word out and have a great turn out on the day, which is where I am hoping some of you mob can help.
Come along on the day; bring your friends and family; tweet the flyer or put it up on your blog or site or whatever... all of which would be very helpful and greatly appreciated.
"A family fun day in celebration of Naidoc Week 2012, in Prince Alfred Park, with bush tucker, stallholders, music featuring the Stiff Gins, dance, activities, workshops for kids. Come along to engage with - and better appreciate – local Aboriginal culture. Suitable for all the family, with a special emphasis on kids.
Sunday 8 July 2012
10:00am – 3:00pm
Prince Alfred Park, Parramatta
The traditional owners of Parramatta, the Dharug People, invite you, your family and friends to join them in their NAIDOC Week celebrations.
Everyone is invited to this free event featuring kid's amusements, live entertainment, free workshops and even bush food and bush medicine displays!
- Communal Mural11:00am - 3:00pm
Contribute to the creation of a community mural with award winning Aboriginal artist Brett Parker!
- Rock & Boomerang Painting11:00am - 11:30am
12:30pm - 1:00pm
1:30pm - 2:00pm
Paint your own rocks and boomerangs! A fun and interactive art workshop with Uncle Greg Simms.
- Basket Weaving10:30am - 12:30pm
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Learn traditional basket weaving skills from renowned local Aboriginal artist Kerrie Kenton.
- Taronga Zoo mobile van11:00am - 2:00pm
Come and meet, learn about and interact with native Australian animals; and learn more about Aboriginal culture from qualified and experienced Aboriginal educators.
- Didgeridoo Playing11:30am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Have a go at learning to the play one of the oldest instruments on Earth; the didge with local performer Flinn Donovan.
- Traditional Dance11:30 - 12:00
2:00 - 2:30
Come and shake a leg with Aboriginal dancer Ged McMinn! Learn some traditional and contemporary Aboriginal dances. Fun for the whole family!
- Traditional Games1:00 - 1:30
Learn some traditional skills and philosophies the same way that kids have been learning them for thousands of years; through having fun and playing games!
- Tree Painting11:30 - 2:30
Explore Aboriginal art and design using all natural paints and an all natural canvas – trees - with Aboriginal artist Chris Dodd. Environmentally friendly, educational and fun!
- Flower Arranging12:00 - 1:00
Learn how to make your own stunning flower arrangements with Mercedes from the popular 'Flowers by Mercedes'.
- Jake Foster and Joel Romelo (NRL Bulldogs) Signing11am - 1pm
- Health Screening BusAboriginal Health Screening bus Mootang Tarimi will be there doing free health screenings on the day
Get ready for an action packed day of live entertainment highlighting Australia’s rich Indigenous heritage.
Live music program featuring:
- Shellie Morris
- The Stiff Gins
- Sharnee Fenwick
- Microwave Jenny
- Col Hardy
- Marcus Corowa
I am including a few youtube clips of some of the artists who are performing on the day for your enjoyment too, in no particular order.
I hope to see you there on the day... If you haven't seen me before in real life I'll be easy enough to find - I'll the tall guy running around frantically and stressing out trying to make sure everything runs smoothly; so make sure you stop me in mid-flight and say "hi" :)