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NAIDOC Week Celebrations worth dancing about

HOTA, Home of the Arts | July 2018

HOTA has a fantastic line up of performers scheduled to celebrate the diversity of NAIDOC week at a special Dancing on the Green: NAIDOC Cultural Celebration on Saturday 14 July.

This social dance, music and cultural event forms part of City of Gold Coast’s NAIDOC Week celebrations.

NAIDOC Week 2018 began on Sunday 8 July, with the theme ‘Because of her, we can’, celebrating the essential role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play – as active and significant role models in the community.

Locals are invited to this family friendly event being held at HOTA’s spectacular Outdoor Stage.

From 2pm browse the artisan markets, watch weaving demonstrations and enjoy the Wearable Arts showcase from the Intertwined, Festival 2018 performance. Or explore Jarjum (Children) Space, led by local artist Libby Harward, it’s a place for children and families to interact and engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and learn some Yugambeh language.

At 3pm the live music will begin with performances from Thelma Plum, Leah Flanagan and The Spirit of Churaki.

In acknowledgment of NAIDOC’s ‘Because of her, we can!’ theme, Leah Flanagan will perform her special arrangement of a poem called ‘Churaki’ written by local Aboriginal community elder Aunty Joyce Summers. From beautiful ballads to rocking surf tunes, laid back oceanic beats and the ancient sounds of Aboriginal language, this performance honours a rich lineage of saltwater people, a spirit of generosity and a deep connection to country through music and song.

Thelma Plum will then join Leah and the local cast of The Spirit of Churaki on stage. After casting a spell on all with her debut EP, ‘Rosie’ and spending last summer on Triple J, Thelma has been taking over the airwaves, guesting on Golden Features ‘No One’ and sweetening the fire on the Horrowshow/Urthboy track ‘Any Other Name’.

For more information on the artists performing on the day, visit www.hota.com.au

 

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