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Council Invites Community to NAIDOC Week Celebration

National NAIDOC Week is observed annually throughout Australia, and honours the rich history, culture, and accomplishments of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It serves as a chance for all Australians to explore the cultures and histories of First Nations peoples, and engage in festivities to celebrate the world's oldest continuous living cultures.

This year’s NAIDOC Week will be celebrated from Sunday 7 July – Sunday 14 July 2024. Its theme is Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud, which celebrates the unyielding spirit of our communities and invites all to stand in solidarity, amplifying the First Nations voices that have long been silenced.

In celebration of NAIDOC Week, Ararat Rural City Council together with Ararat Gallery TAMA invite the community to a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony conducted by Paul Kelly. Paul is a proud Gunditjmara - Kirrae Wurrong man from Southwest Victoria, and a highly regarded yidaki (didgeridoo) player and cultural performer. Known for his ability to paint a story with sound, Paul has performed in front of Grand Final crowds at the MCG and on the main stages of some of the country’s best folk festivals.

The event will be held in the Ararat Gallery TAMA courtyard, with an additional address from Mayor Bob Sanders. Afterwards, attendees are invited to an afternoon tea in the Studio of Ararat Gallery TAMA, and to view the work of distinguished Kirrae Whurrung artist Brett Clarke.  Brett's work spans across visual arts, multimedia, music creation, and sound design. He is a singer, songwriter, musician, carver, dancer, and father. 

"NAIDOC Week represents an important occasion for acknowledging and celebrating the invaluable contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” says Ararat Rural City Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison. “It's an opportunity to honour their deep cultural heritage and renew our dedication to reconciliation and unity.

“Ararat Rural Council embraces NAIDOC Week as a time for learning and reflection. We are committed to ensuring First Nations stories and achievements are celebrated and respected throughout our community.”

Please register your interest in coming along to the afternoon tea via:  

WHEN: Monday 8 July

Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony at 3pm
Afternoon tea at 3.30pm 

The exhibition of Brett Clarke’s work is open to view at Ararat Gallery TAMA now. The Gallery will be open extended hours on 8 July, from10am – 5pm.

WHERE: TAMA Studio – Ararat Gallery TAMA 
(Entry via Ararat Gallery TAMA on Vincent Street)

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