Thousands of Canberrans of all ages joined in the festivities at this year’s NAIDOC on the Peninsula in Canberra on Sunday 7 July.
Held at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), the annual free family day featured a concert of national and local Indigenous musicians, children’s activities and host of information and market stalls hosted by Territory and Federal Government departments, non-government and community organisations, Indigenous arts and crafts outlets.
Now in its 8th year, the event kick starts the local NAIDOC week celebrations across the region and proudly highlights the cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their contributions to Australian society.
Visitors to the Peninsula enjoyed a diverse range of Indigenous entertainment including Sydney-based singer/songwriter Marcus Corowa and local performers including Hung Parliament, Johnny Huckle, Conversation, Stik N Move, and The Riverbank Band.
Iconic 84 year-old singer-songwriter Henry Gibson ‘Seaman’ Dan travelled from the Torres Strait to perform a special 45-minute interactive session with Karl Neuenfeldt. The session featured songs as well as reflections through stories and photos from the recent published book Steady Steady - The life and music of Seaman Dan.
This year’s NAIDOC on the Peninsula also featured a popular special ‘kids zone’ with performances from celebrated Indigenous hip-hop dancers ‘Move it Mob Style’, the Yirri Dancers from Canberra’s Weetangera Primary School, the Wiradjuri Echoes and Johnny Huckle’s Wombat Wobble.
The day was hosted by guest MC Kevin Kropinyeri , an Indigenous comedian fresh from his recent glowing performances at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
As the biggest NAIDOC event in the ACT, NAIDOC on the Peninsula incorporates the official ACT NAIDOC Week opening ceremony by the Canberra and district NAIDOC Committee.
NAIDOC on the Peninsula was proudly sponsored by: