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    NAIDOC Week Celebrations at Wagga Wagga Marketplace


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    Wagga Wagga Marketplace, in collaboration with RIVMED (Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation), is proud to launch NAIDOC Week celebrations for 2024. Join us in the first week of the July School Holidays to honor the enduring strength and vitality of First Nations culture under this year's theme: "Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud." This theme celebrates the enduring strength and vitality of First Nations culture, with fire symbolising the deep connection to Country, to each other, and to the rich traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

    Event Highlights:

    • Welcome to Country: An official Welcome to Country ceremony by respected local elder Aunty Joycelan on Monday at 10:15am, marking the beginning of our celebrations.
    • Dreamtime Story and Craft Program: Facilitated by local elder Aunty Joycelan and the team from RIVMED, this activity program offers three sessions daily (10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, and 12:00 PM) from July 8th to July 12th. Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes. Aunty Joycelan will share Dreamtime stories relevant to the Wiradjuri people, providing a unique opportunity to learn about their rich cultural heritage.The stories will be followed by a crafting session that will differ day to day, please book multiple sessions if you wish to experience the different offerings.   *(please note that Monday times are different, please check your ticket for more details). 
    • Community Mural: Throughout the week, contribute to a community-led artwork. Participants, including parents and children, can help create a mural that represents traditional Aboriginal artwork. This mural will be on display until the end of July, allowing the community to admire the collaborative effort and learn about traditional art techniques.

    Date: July 8th - July 12th, 2024

    Time:  10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, and 12:00 PM daily*

    *(please note that Monday times are different, please check your ticket for more details)

    Location: Wagga Wagga Marketplace, between Prouds and The Body Shop

    Admission: Free

    Registration: While the event is free, we encourage attendees to register for the Dreamtime Storytelling Workshops due to limited space.

    Come celebrate NAIDOC Week with us and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the First Nations peoples. Let’s keep the fire burning together!


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