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Sunshine Coast band OKA will be playing at Lismore City Hall on Saturday. (supplied)
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Sunshine Coast electronic roots band OKA will be headlining a two-day NAIDOC event in Lismore being organised by NORPA at Lismore City Hall.

The event will run on Friday and Saturday featuring local and national artists highlighting cultural matters.

NORPA executive producer Rhoda Roberts said the event aimed to provide an experience that highlighted the stories of the region that many people have not heard.

‘This is hands-on engagement that assists in closing the assumptions and gaps, while nurturing an exchange of knowledge and respect from an Aboriginal perspective,’ Ms Roberts said.

Along with OKA, the event will feature performances by local musicians Billy Smith, Teddy Lewis King and Tom Avery (aka Blakboi).

There will be dance performances by The Deadly Bunharms, Bundjalung Nini Nahri-Gali and Muggerah, as well as Black Screen films and music workshops with Darren Compton from Move it Mob Style.

Other features include basket weaving workshops, Elders storytelling and conversation panels, and Uncle Mick and Aunty Thelma will be providing delicious bush tucker on both days including damper, crocodile and kangaroo curries.

DAY ONE // Friday 7 July
6pm Exhibition Opening The Horses Mouth (photography)
7pm Opening Ceremony
7.30pm A Fair Go – Winning the Referendum (film)
9pm Q&A Panel with Rob Appointed
9.30pm Teddy Lewis King (music)
Bush tucker by Uncle Mick and Aunty Thelma (crocodile, damper, kangaroo curries)

DAY TWO // Saturday 8 July
11am Elders Stories
12pm Djarn Djarns (film)
12pm Weaving Workshops
12.30pm Green Bush (film)
12.30pm Billy Smith (music)
1pm Plains Empty (film)
1pm Muggerah, Darren Compton Move It Mob Style (music workshop)
1pm Elders Stories
1.30pm Mim (film)
1.45pm Babe In The Reeds and Q&A with Lois Cook (film)
1.30pm Blackboi (music)
2.15pm Climate Justice Language Matters: a frank discussion on the approaches to language when changing the nation’s thinking (public talk)
3-6pm Weaving Workshops
3.20pm Muggerah, Darren Compton Move it Mob Style (music workshop)
3.15pm My Brother Vinnie (film)
4.30pm Tales from Daly River (film)
5pm Minnie Loves Jnr (film)
5pm In the Sand/Fire (dance)
5.45pm Muggerah, Darren Compton Move It Mob Style (music workshop)
6pm Jandamara War plus Q&A (film)
7.30pm OKA (music)

This is a free event. No tickets are required.
If you have any questions about NAIDOC AT NORPA please contact the Box Office at Lismore City Hall on 1300 066 772 or visit norpa.org.au/events/naidoc-at-norpa

NAIDOC AT NORPA acknowledges the assistance of Black Screen, an initiative of the National Film & Sound Archive.

The NSW Government is committed to supporting the celebration of NAIDOC Week and is a proud supporter of NAIDOC at NORPA through Aboriginal Affairs NAIDOC Week Grants.

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