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National Reconciliation Week Activities Around Canberra

16 May 2018

There are plenty of wonderful cultural activities happening around Canberra during National Reconciliation Week, 27th May – 3rd June which celebrate Indigenous culture and encourage all Australians to interact and become involved in the activities. This Week is an opportunity for everyone in Australia to join together as one community and move forward together, towards a bright and respectful future.

This year will be the first year that the ACT has a public holiday for Reconciliation Day (Monday 28 May). It is the only state or territory to make the day a public holiday. So Canberrans have a unique opportunity to start new traditions for this important day.

Here are some activities you might like to go to.

National Reconciliation Week 2018 activities

National Reconciliation Week 2018 activities

Carers ACT Reconciliation BBQ Lunch

31 May: Please join us for lunch, music and cultural entertainment with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers and representatives from Aboriginal community organisations as we celebrate and acknowledge National Reconciliation Week by:

Venue: Anglicare Hall, at the rear of Carers ACT, 80 Beaurepaire Crescent, Holt

RSVP: Monday 21 May (essential) by phoning 6296 9900 or email.

Reconciliation in the Park

28 May: Held at Glebe Park in the city between 10am-2pm with a range of free activities for all ages. Starting at 10am, there will be a line-up of entertainment on stage including pop duo Busby Marou and local Indigenous performers and dancers including the Wiradjuri Echoes. Also performing is Canberra’s own The Voice finalist, teen sensation Lucy Sugerman, The Chesterfield Band, Johnny Huckle and Hardcover. You can also have a go at basket weaving, bush tucker talks, storytelling and children’s art workshops, a petting zoo, jumping castle and face painting.  See here for details.

The National Gallery of Australia

26 May:  a film showing of “Footprints on Our Land”, about the life of Canberra’s Aunty Agnes Shea OAM, the most senior Ngunnawal elder.

28 May: cultural performances, conversations, workshops and drop-in craft activities for the whole family to enjoy. All the activities are free. See here for details.

The National Museum of Australia 

Reconciliation Day Celebrations on 28 May with free activities such as traditional dance, talks and hands-on activities between 10am – 12pm. See here for details. The National Museum of Australia is a fascinating museum to explore with exhibitions in the Gallery of First Australians which cover thousands of years of indigenous history up to today.

The National Portrait Gallery 

26-28 May: An interactive family space for kids called the Mirawarri Art Cart  Create your own digital image using an app developed by the Warnayaka Art Centre with Gretta Louw and Sneakaway Studio.

26-28 May: Anoother childrens’ event called Selfhood: a creative workshop for 6 – 12 year olds ($12 per child).

26 May – 3rd June:  Reconciliation Week Highlights Tours

Outside of the National Portrait Gallery is also Reconciliation Place, which is a walkway of indigenous sculptures and a monument to the reconciliation between Australia’s indigenous people and the settler population.

The Canberra Theatre Centre 

27 May:  Archie Roach & Tiddas at 8pm in The Playhouse, with tickets starting from $65 a ticket. This concert goes for 2 hours, including interval. Outside the theatre, in the Canberra Theatre Centre Bar, the Briggs: Bad Apples House Party kicks off at 9:30pm and features musicians and artists from Bad Apples Music – Australia’s most prolific Indigenous record label. The party will be headlined by Briggs, featuring performances from Birdz, Omar Musa, Nooky, Alice Skye, Tasman Keith, Kobie Dee and hosted by Hau. Tickets cost $30 plus booking fee. See here for details .

Other events for the week include:

Movies at the National Film and Sound Archives

Tours at the Museum of Australian Democracy

Family activities at Jerrabomberra Wetlands

Queanbeyan Reconciliation Walk 2018

Author talk and book launches at the National Library of Australia.

Reconciliation Week Tour at the Australian War Memorial (10am, 29 May with Indigenous Liaison Officer Michael Bell).