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Indigenous culture

NAIDOC Week 2-9 July 2017

The City of Gold Coast would like to thank the Gold Coast NAIDOC Committee for playing an ongoing role in celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture alongside local organisations such as Kalwun Health. We’re pleased to have provided financial assistance to the NAIDOC Committee between 2011 and 2016.

The City continues to support the Gold Coast NAIDOC celebrations with funding available to the broader community, through a new application process via Jabree Pty Ltd.

Find out what's on this NAIDOC week:

Beach installation with Fiona Foley and artists, Gold Coast Indigenous Artist Camp, South Stradbroke Island 2015, photo courtesy City of Gold Coast.

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

We continue to support Gold Coast NAIDOC activities that celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples every July.

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 Gold Coast City Gallery.

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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