NAIDOC 2024: Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud

Celebrate First Nations cultures on Dharug Country at Rouse Hill Estate.

NAIDOC Week (7–14 July) is always a time to celebrate First Nations cultures, history and achievements. This year’s theme, ‘Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud’, honours the enduring strength and vitality of First Nations cultures.

This year, Museums of History NSW is joining forces with Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre to bring you a day of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. The day will begin with a Welcome to Country by Uncle Colin Locke and Smoking Ceremony by Uncle Wes Marne, followed by dance performances and workshops by the Khuna Family Dance Group.

Join elders Uncle Wes and Uncle Colin in the yarning circle and discover more than a century of knowledge, culture and strength. Listen to didgeridoo performances and storytelling or learn weaving techniques with Ngiyampaa and Guringai multidisciplinary artist Tarni Eastwood, owner of Nula Weaving, based on Dharug land. See how Brad Burrows creates traditional tools, and drop in to Muru Mittigar to learn how to throw a boomerang, make art, or check out Aboriginal art and artefacts while listening to some great yarns.

Our friends from Rotary and the Country Women’s Association will be on hand to provide light refreshments and food.

For directions to Rouse Hill Estate please view the Plan your visit page.

Program

10am – Welcome to Country with Uncle Colin Locke and Smoking Ceremony with Uncle Wes Marne

10.50am – Dance performance by Khuna Family Dance Group

11.10am – Didgeridoo performance and storytelling with Uncle Peter Williams

11.20am – Boomerang throwing with Muru Mittigar

11.20am Storytelling with Uncle Wes Marne

11.20am Storytelling with Uncle Colin Locke

11.30am – Dance workshop with Khuna Family Dance Group

12.00pm Boomerang throwing with Muru Mittigar

12.40pm Boomerang throwing with Muru Mittigar

12.50pm Dance performance by Khuna Family Dance Group

1.10pm Didgeridoo performance and storytelling with Uncle Peter Williams

1.20pm – Boomerang throwing with Muru Mittigar

1.20pm – Storytelling with Uncle Wes Marne

1.20pm – Storytelling with Uncle Colin Locke

1.30pm Dance workshop with Khuna Family Dance Group

Drop-in activities – 10.30am to 2pm

Art activity with Muru Mittigar

Aboriginal artefacts with Muru Mittigar

Weaving with Tarni Eastwood

Wood carving with Brad Burrows

Please note:

This is an outdoor event. It will proceed in wet weather, except in extreme conditions. Please plan to arrive at our visitor centre in ample time to park and make your way across the large rural property to the event hub.

356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill NSW 2155

Rouse Hill Estate

356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill NSW 2155
  • Wheelchair accessible
Plan your visit
  • Sunday 14 July 10am–2pm

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