Lismore is preparing for its annual NAIDOC Celebration Day, which recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
The annual free event will be held at the Lismore Showgrounds on Thursday (30 June) from 10am to 2pm.
More than 50 service providers from around the northern rivers region will be on hand to promote the various services and support available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The family fun day offers activities for young and old with food and live music, rides and jumping castles, face painting and clowns, and reptile shows with the Snake Man.
There is also a special talent showcase by local schools and the NAIDOC Leadership Awards will be presented by Lismore’s deputy mayor.
Lismore council’s Integrated Planning Manager Annie McWilliam said the day honoured Indigenous culture with fun, colour and music.
‘Coming together in celebration is an important and informal way to share culture, and events like this deliver reconciliation outcomes in real and authentic ways.
‘The day brings together people from different backgrounds so that they can talk to one another, learn from one another, laugh with one another and ultimately, leave with a greater appreciation and understanding of each other.
‘It’s really all about connecting on a simple, human level.”
The 2016 NAIDOC theme is Songlines: The living narrative of our nation, which references the ‘dreaming tracks’ that crisscross Australia and are said to trace the journeys of ancestral spirits as they created the land, animals and lores.
These dreaming tracks are sometimes called ‘songlines’ and are recorded in traditional songs, stories, dance and art, allowing Aboriginal culture, history and knowledge to pass from generation to generation.
The NAIDOC Celebration Day runs from 10am to 2pm on Thursday, 30 June at Lismore Showground. Lismore City Council is running a free community shuttle bus and the timetable is as follows:
- Goonellabah Shopping Centre: 9am/10.10am
- Shearman Drive: 9.10am/10.20am
- Lismore Shopping Square: 9.20am/10.30am
- Lismore Transit Centre: 9.30am/10.40am
- Old Railway Station in South Lismore: 9.40am/10.50am
- Lismore Showground: 9.50am/11am
- Lismore Showground: 1pm/2.10pm
- Old Railway Station in South Lismore: 1.10pm/2.20pm
- Lismore Transit Centre: 1.20pm/2.30pm
- Lismore Shopping Square: 1.30pm/2.40pm
- Shearman Drive: 1.40pm/2.50pm
- Goonellabah Shopping Centre: 1.50pm/3pm