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Indigenous culture

NAIDOC Week 3-10 July

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Join in the celebrations - download the Gold Coast NAIDOC Week 2016 calendar to find out what's on.


Indigenous artists making artworks on the sand

Valuing and elevating our indigenous culture is a key action with our Culture Strategy 2023. We are supporting programs and initiatives that deliver on this action and we have established a permanent part time Indigenous Arts and Culture Officer position to drive this program of work.

The inaugural Indigenous Arts and Culture forum, held in 2014, was a 'defining moment for the city'.

The forum, convened by the City of Gold Coast with guidance from the City's Indigenous Reference Group, drew local and national Indigenous artists and cultural opinion makers including Wesley Enoch and Djon Mundine and Robyn Archer AO. We celebrated community success stories and discussed future initiatives and priorities for the city.

We continue to support the Gold Coast NAIDOC Committee to present a week of community activities that celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as outlined in the 2016 NAIDOC calendar.

Indigenous Artist Camp

Madeline Hodge, The Spiritual Director, South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp 2014, Photo J Driessens

Each year, a leading Indigenous visual artist designs and runs a professional development course at The South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp for emerging and established local Indigenous artists. The aims of this week are to give local artists the skills and inspiration to take their work and careers to a new level. This project is delivered in partnership with The Arts Centre Gold Coast and artworks from the camp are exhibited or performed at the Arts Centre Gold Coast.

View the Indigenous Artist Camp image gallery.

Read My Story for an update on the 2015 South Stradbroke Indigenous Artist camp.

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