NAIDOC Week 2019
It’s time again for one of our favourite weeks of the year: NAIDOC Week.
NAIDOC Week, which runs from July 7 – 14, is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Here at the springs we’re celebrating by programming a week of immersive performances, experiences and activities with our First Nations friends.
This year’s theme is “Voice. Treaty. Truth”, which are three key elements in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. NAIDOC Week 2019 is all about bringing forth and truly hearing the voices and collective voice of Indigenous peoples and working together for a shared future.
Here’s are some of the things we’ve got planned for this year:
Baluk Arts – Children’s creative activities
An artist from Baluk Arts will be visiting to guide kids and their parents through hands-on creative activities located in one of the new outdoor domes.
Our Amphitheatre will be transformed into a cinema with an on-stage screen showing a variety of films throughout the week while guests look on from the warmth of a hot spring pool. We’ll be screening Bran Nue Dae, The Sapphires, Rabbit-Proof Fence and Charlie’s Country.
Nola Lauch live performance
Nola Lauch is a Kirrae-wurrung woman, visual artist, singer and songwriter who is committed to celebrating and sharing Aboriginal music, art and culture. Nola fronts the Nola Lauch Band and will be treating guests to her powerful, soulful vocal style.
Lionel Lauch Yidaki (didgeridoo) performance, sound healing and talk on Indigenous healing
Local Gundijtmara Kirrae Wurrung-Bundjalung man Lionel Lauch will be hosting a full day of experiences, including a didgeridoo sound healing in one of our black-out domes and a roaming didgeridoo performance finishing at the Hilltop pool.
Kutcha Edwards live performance
Captivating performer Kutcha Edwards is a proud Mutti Mutti man and a strong advocate for Aboriginal people. The multi award-winning singer/songwriter.has been performing since 1991 and continues the practice of renewing his ancient Songline in modern times.
Indigenous Cultural Walk
Lionel Lauch will also be leading one of his signature cultural walks on the hot springs property, which is a chance for guests to learn about local Indigenous landmarks, bush tucker and bush medicine.
To stay up to date with our regular arts and entertainment events, check out our What’s On page.