An afternoon of free music, dance and cultural activities to celebrate NAIDOC Week
Join us for a free community celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture at our NAIDOC Week Showcase. Headlining this year’s event will be renowned singer/songwriter, guitarist and didgeridoo player, Joe Geia.
Joe Geia is a renowned First Nation singer songwriter whose songs reflect his heritage and history. “Through his music he asks us not to sustain in mourning but to commemorate, not to rise in anger but to live in hope, and he also asks us to share in traditions that he brings to us through song.” Joe Geia’s contribution to the arts is highly significant and enduring. As the writer of renowned songs such as Yil Lull and Uncle Willie he remains an active recording and performing artist sharing his Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through music. Joe will be joined on the outdoor stage at RPAC by his band of talented musicians, Ruth Ross-Pe’er on violin, Michael Sunjay Jude on keyboards, Phill McKenna on bass and drummer, Avau.
You can also look forward to a range of cultural demonstrations and activities, including a traditional smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country, Indigenous dance workshops and facepainting for young children, a cultural talk and artefacts display which will be fascinating for all ages, and a great bush tucker food demonstration with the opportunity to taste some of the creations at the end.
This will be a fabulous afternoon of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. To help you plan you afternoon, the approximate times of each of the activities are below:
1.00pm: Opening Ceremony including Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony
1.30pm: Children's cultural experience, including face painting and didgeridoo demonstration
2.00pm: Bush tucker cooking demonstration from Kieron Anderson from Yalabin Dining
2.30pm Live music on the outdoor stage from the Joe Geia Band
3.00pm: Cultural talk and artefacts demonstration from Matt Burns
3.30pm: Live music on the outdoor stage from the Joe Geia Band
4.00pm: Repeat of cooking demonstration and children's cultural demonstration activities
Please note: these times may be subject to change on the day.
WET WEATHER PLAN
In the event of wet weather, this showcase will still go ahead, but activities will be moved to indoor areas of RPAC.
This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.