Communities all across the country will be holding a range of cultural and local events to kick start National Reconciliation Week (NRW) which runs from May 27 to June 3 every year. Embracing this year’s theme of Don’t Keep History A Mystery, NRW encourages Australians to learn and explore the hidden history behind Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and achievements.
There are different ways to get involved and engage in culture this week, from film screenings and art exhibitions, to walking trails along some of our history rich community spaces. But no matter how you chose to acknowledge this week, take a little moment to immerse yourself in our shared history, culture, and achievements, and how we can all help pave the road to reconciliation.
If you’re not sure, or haven’t decided, how to celebrate this week, here are our 4 free, family-friendly event picks happening around our great state during NRW:
1. Walk for Reconciliation 2018
Bring your families, friends, colleagues and all to this Walk for Reconciliation around Elizabeth Quay to explore and learn about the Nyoongar culture and contribution.
June 1, Elizabeth Quay, Perth
Event link: https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/nrw-events/a1R6F00000K1H3TUAV
2. Unravelling Mystery – Artitja Fine Art Reconciliation Week
If celebration and knowledge through art is more your thing, Artitja Fine Art will be hosting ‘Unravelling Mystery’ – a week-long exhibition of Aboriginal art from remote communities.
May 28 – June 1, Building Foyer, 2 Mill Street, Perth
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/440787029680502/
3. City of Vincent — Reconciliation Week Film Screenings
Film, free popcorn, and pre-screening entertainment — all the ingredients you need for a good night out. The City of Vincent will be hosting a free screening of The Sapphires and Bran Nue Dae at The Backlot Perth in West Perth.
May 31, 21 Simpson Street, West Perth
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/cityofvincent/events/
4. National Reconciliation Week Concert
If you live in or near Geraldton, or are heading up for the week, don’t miss out on this free, family-friendly Reconciliation Week Concertfeaturing the Moorditj Mob — best known for their traditional Nyoongar performance in Times Square! They will be supported by local Aboriginal act The Craig Pickett Band.
May 31, Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/198547880957293/
You can find more NRW event listings on the official Reconciliation Australia website.
Words by Adelinah Razali