There’s a First Nations market this Sunday for NAIDOC Week

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There’s a First Nations market this Sunday for NAIDOC Week


Arts Centre Melbourne is hosting a First Nations market this Sunday July 3 to kickstart NAIDOC Week.

Starting Arts Centre Melbourne’s NAIDOC Week celebrations, the NAIDOC Weeek: Sunday Market will run from 10am – 4pm on Sunday July 3, featuring First Nations designers and crafters including Clothing The Gaps, Haus of Dizzy, and The Koori Circle among others.

Clothing The Gaps have also been given creative freedom by to decorate the Arts Centre buildings and will have eight posters across the Hamer Hall and St Kilda Road backlits.

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Bri Pengarte Apma Hayes’ winning Vic NAIDOC poster design will take pride of place up on Arts Centre Melbourne’s super banner all week, while First Nations photographers Jacinta Keefe and Tiffany Garvie will also have a selection of their photography on display across the façade of Arts Centre Melbourne. That’s in addition to the digital projection about the Spirit Eel, Ancestral Memory – created by First Nations interdisciplinary artist Maree Clarke (Mutti Mutti/Yorta Yorta/BoonWurrung/Wamba Wamba) and emerging artist Mitch Mahoney (BoonWurrung/Barkinji) – that will weave its way across the facade of Hamer Hall throughout the entire month of July.

Throughout the market day, there will also be a series of free, family-friendly workshops in the Hamer Hall Foyer. People can join in a bushtukka and feather flower-making workshop with artist Cassie Leatham in collaboration with Craft Victoria, or design their own tram art with Jarra Karalinar Steel. For those more musically inclined, there will be hip hop dance workshops with Indigenous Outreach Projects and a songwriting workshop with storyteller, composer, director, producer, musician and soundscape designer Allara. Participants will need to pre-register their interest for each of the workshops.

That’s just the beginning of a week of superb First Nations music at Arts Centre. There’ll be MSO + Electric Fields (7 July), MSO + Spinifex Gum (9 July) and Get Up, Stand Up, Show Up & Shake a Leg (10 July); a Songlines concert in the Fairfax Studio featuring some of Victoria’s best pop acts and legends including Alice Skye, Aunty Zeta, Bart Willoughby, Dave Arden, Soju Gang, Yung Warriors and the Get Up, Stand Up, Sing it Up Choir.

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