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NAIDOC Week 2016

3 July 2016

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins date back as far as the 1920’s with the emergence of Aboriginal groups who fought to bring to light the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians within the wider community.
NAIDOC Week is held annually in the first full week of July, celebrating the rich and history, culture and achievements of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders and is an opportunity to recognise the ongoing contributions that Indigenous Australians make to the fabric our country and our society.

We encourage all Australians to participate in the celebrations and activities that take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week.

What’s On In Newcastle?

NAIDOC Week at Christ Church Cathedral
Our celebration this year will particularly focus on the contributions of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders. The gathering will allow us to come together, to listen and talk with one another and share afternoon tea.”

Where? Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle
When? Sunday, July 3rd 3pm-4:30pm
Cost? Free
Event Organiser: Anglican Diocese of Newcastle
Event Organiser Email:
Putuparri and the Rainmakers: Film Screening and Discussion
“In celebration of NAIDOC Week Newcastle Region Library presents a film screening of the 2015 CinéfestOz award-winning documentary Putuparri and the Rainmakers. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion about Indigenous films and filmmaking hosted by Newcastle City Council Aboriginal Development Officer, Nathan Brennan, with guest speakers Paul Elliott (Director of Photography) and Grant Leigh Saunders (Owner and Creative Director of Sonic Nomad). Set against the backdrop of this long fight for ownership of traditional lands, Putuparri and the Rainmakers is an emotional, visually breathtaking story of love, hope and the survival of Aboriginal law and culture against all odds. Director Nicole Ma spent more than a decade documenting Putuparri’s journey, travelling with him and his family on numerous occasions to Kurtal, in the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia. Tom ‘Putuparri’ Lawford is a man caught between two worlds, torn between his life in the modern world of Fitzroy Crossing and his destiny as a cultural leader of his people. Tom battles with all the temptations of Western society at the same time as he reconnects with his ancestral lands, learns about his traditional culture and shoulders his responsibility to pass this knowledge onto the next generation”

Where? Newcastle Event Cinemas, King St, Newcastle
When? Friday, July 8th 6pm-9pm
Cost? Free
Event Organiser Name: Newcastle Region Library
Event Organiser Email:




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