25 July, 2024
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City of Canterbury Bankstown is turning up the heat this NAIDOC Week with a new and exciting program of activities for all to get involved in.

A family fun day, film screenings, barbeques and bush tucker, cultural workshops and a disco are just some of the NAIDOC Week activities that residents can participate in across the City from Wednesday 3 July.

This year’s theme “Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud” recognises that by amplifying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture, history and achievements, it keeps Indigenous heritage alight for all to see.

Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Bilal El Hayek encouraged everyone to get involved in this year’s festivities.

“This is a time of both recognition and celebration,” Mayor El-Hayek said.

“It’s important for us to enrich our understanding of First Nations history and culture for the sake of our future generations.”

The NAIDOC Family Fun Day on Saturday 6 July will see Indigenous games, rides and live performances, including the traditional Torres Strait Islander Dance from Litia (Tay) Anu.

Tay, a Saibai woman, has spent the past 10 years travelling throughout Australia and China performing and teaching native dance.

As a long-time NAIDOC performer and supporter, she welcomes all to come along and see what the celebration is all about.

“We are very welcoming people and our arms are open to everyone regardless of their background,” Tay said.

“NAIDOC is an opportunity for us all to join together and be reminded and educated of our history so that we can keep the culture going.”

On the day, there will also be live performances from Indigenous artists The Donovan’s, Kootsie Don, Koreena Leverett and Kyle Freeman.

Council’s program runs from Wednesday 3 July to Friday 19 July. To see the full program or learn more, visit cb.city/NAIDOC2024

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