How And Why Promote Aboriginal Cultural Events In Your Area?

Aboriginal Cultural events

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural festivals have always been important community events for connecting people to a place and reinforcing identity. Cultural festivals help communities grow culturally, revitalise Aboriginal cultural expression and support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people. Promoting Aboriginal Cultural events in your area is quite important as it reaches out to more people. Across the country, there are over 130 festivals honoring Aboriginal culture.

Fantastic Events you could attend:

These are some of the Aboriginal festivals celebrated by Aboriginal communities in Australia which you can experience and promote in your area. Make sure to find out more details before you decide to attend.

  • During the Tamworth Country Music Festival, there is an Aboriginal Cultural Showcase (January). Aboriginal musicians, comedians, performers, dance, art, textiles, weaponry, language, and storytelling are all featured throughout the 6-day community-run event, which began in 2008.
  • The Boomerang Festival, which began in 2013, includes music, dance, drama, comedy, film, and visual arts, as well as cultural knowledge exchanges and seminars, as well as panels and forums introducing the First Nations Film Festival. Byron Bay, Australia, during Easter.
  • Sydney Corroboree takes place in November and lasts roughly a fortnight. Aboriginal artists, authors, dancers, and musicians display their talent and tell their tales at various locations along the world-famous Sydney Harbor.
  • Each spring, Dance Rites is a free two-day national competition and celebration of Aboriginal dance and cultures on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House (around November). Dances are judged on their technical ability as well as their use of language, skin marks, and traditional instruments by an expert jury.
  • The Gai-Mariagal Festival (previously known as the Guringai Festival) strives to raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Northern Sydney region. It comprises art exhibitions, films, performances, environmental walks, seminars, and discussions in sites across Sydney, and it was founded in 2001. The celebration runs from the day before Sorry Day on May 26 through the end of NAIDOC week, which falls in the second week of July every year.
  • Homeground is a free music and dance festival featuring Aboriginal artists. The first festival took place in the Sydney Opera House in April 2014.
  • Every first Sunday of the month, from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., Indigenous Market Day takes place at Bare Island in La Perouse, Sydney. Workshops (such as spear making or weaving), vendors, and dance performances, including a midday smoking ceremony and welcoming dance, are all part of the market.
  • The Red Ochre Music Festival honours the Wiradjuri culture and is held in Victoria Park in Dubbo. It began in 2001.
  • The Saltwater Freshwater Festival began on Australia Day in 2010 at Coffs Harbour and is viewed as a positive inclusive day for the community in which the Worimi, Birpai, Dunghutti, and Bumbaynggirr Aboriginal nations share their variety.
  • Two Fires is a festival that brings art and action together. It has been celebrating the works of the artistic community in and around Braidwood, NSW, since 2005. It embodies the spirit of poet Judith Wright’s dual loves for art and activism.
  • Since 2005, the Yaamma Festival has been hosted in Bourke. Yaamma is a greeting that signifies “welcome.” Spirit, soul, heart, mind, and body are all themes explored at the festival (October).
  • Sydney’s Yabun Festival (26 January). Yabun is Australia’s largest single-day Aboriginal event, attracting over 20,000 visitors each year. The festival, which began in 2003, is known for its stunning artistic lineups as well as contemporary and instructive cultural programming, including panels and speeches by some of the Aboriginal community’s most well-known leaders, educators, politicians, and artists.

More About Aboriginal Culture:

A number of rites and ceremonies are based on a belief in the Dreamtime and other mythology in Australian Aboriginal culture. The importance of reverence and respect for the land as well as oral traditions is emphasised. Individual cultures have emerged from over 300 languages and other groupings. Due to the terra nullius colonisation of Australia, these cultures were viewed as a single monoculture. Aboriginal Cultural events in Australia dates back thousands of years and includes anything from prehistoric rock art to modern watercolor landscapes. Aboriginal music contains a number of distinctive instruments. Contemporary Aboriginal music in Australia encompasses a wide range of styles. Before colonisation, Aboriginal peoples did not create a writing system, but they spoke a wide range of languages, including sign languages. The Australian indigenous culture is something you should know about and support.

Craftsmanship and art

Thousands of years have passed since Aboriginal art was created in Australia. Aboriginal artists use both modern and traditional elements in their artworks to carry on these traditions. Aboriginal art is the most well-known kind of Australian art around the world. In modern times, several types of Aboriginal art have emerged, including Albert Namatjira’s watercolor paintings, the Hermannsburg School, and the acrylic Papunya Tula “dot art” trend. For some Central Australian communities, such as Yuendumu, painting is a significant source of income. It is important to Support Aboriginal Artists in Australia. Always make sure you buy from authentic sources as there can often be copied works or pieces created from those who do not have indigenous heritage.

Sacred artefacts and rituals

Ceremonies have always been a component of Aboriginal Cultural events in Australia, and they continue to play an important role in society today. They are held frequently for a variety of reasons, all of which are based on the community’s spiritual beliefs and cultural norms. Dreams, secret events at sacred sites, homecomings, births, and deaths are among them. They continue to play an essential role in Aboriginal people’s lives and culture. They are performed in Arnhem Land and Central Australia to ensure a plentiful supply of foods; in many regions, they play an important role in educating children, passing on the lore of their people, spiritual beliefs, and survival skills; some ceremonies are rites of passage for adolescents; and others are related to marriage, death, and burial. Dance, song, rituals, and extensive body ornamentation and/or costume are all common. Ceremonies and rituals depicted in ancient Aboriginal rock art are still practiced today.

In the Aboriginal oral tradition, also known as oral history, cultural traditions and beliefs, as well as historical accounts of actual occurrences, are passed down (although the latter has a more specific definition). Several of the tale’s date back thousands of years. This is why people should know more about the Aboriginal Cultural events and it should be promoted.

The Challenges Of Community Development In The Face Of COVID-19

aboriginal communities in Australia

COVID-19 is a fault line that has opened up in our lives. In this post, we’ll look into its current impact on aboriginal communities in Australia, and what it means for future community development. Much has been written about how communities have responded to the crisis, with heartwarming anecdotes of neighbours helping neighbours and a resurgence of compassion and solidarity abounding.

Small-scale local groups mobilised quickly to provide immediate support and guarantee that basic requirements for food, medication, and information were addressed, according to recent research. Using social media to coordinate activities and stay in touch with the most vulnerable, informal neighbourhood networks were quickly established. Before more formal programs were developed, and when high-profile national volunteering attempts failed, these local clubs and networks were often the first line of response. Their understanding of the area was invaluable in identifying service shortages and combatting social isolation.

Within communities, new relationships have evolved that may well outlive the immediate crisis, allowing for the emergence of new kinds of self-organised collective action. In cases where face-to-face interactions are no longer possible, online social interaction services such as WhatsApp and Zoom have provided a lifeline. These are now well-known and will be used for community organising as we progress to the next level.

Major Concerns Surrounding Communities Amidst COVID 19

While initial responses have been promising, as the pandemic continues there are a number of unforeseen long-term consequences of our isolation:

  • To begin with, while social media has become increasingly important to many people, reliance on these platforms has its drawbacks. Not everyone has access to or is comfortable with technology and reliable Wi-Fi. It also can’t replace the unexpected, informal face-to-face meetings that have been lost as a result of people’s reduced mobility – on the street, in community centres, and in so-called “third spaces.” Many common areas remain locked or restricted, limiting opportunities for accidental and spontaneous community encounters that are difficult to sustain through scheduled online discussions. People are claiming that they have been ‘zoomed out.’ In any event, current evidence suggests that social media and face-to-face communication work best together.
  • The fact that “we are not all in it together” is a second problem. With food banks overburdened and an increasing reliance on benefits, the crisis has exposed the fragility and inequity of many people’s lives. People who live in congested housing, are poor, or have precarious jobs are the ones who suffer the most from both the disease and the pandemic’s control attempts resulting in decreased number of Indigenous Literacy and Numeracy. In this sense, going back to the way things were isn’t an option. The situation has brought to light many of the up topics like as ageism, domestic abuse, disability, and mental health. In the following months, there will be a huge disparity in employment and economic security, leading to increased dissatisfaction and frustration. There are serious concerns about the long-term impact of the lockdown and the projected recession on children and young people, who may be more resistant to the illness.
  • Third, the development of a strong sense of community is simply one aspect of the picture. On the other hand, we have generational strife, disagreements over public health laws, and debates over the pace and priority for easing lockdown. Cutbacks have damaged community infrastructure in recent years, but community development in various forms has continued to play a role in many of the most vulnerable regions, providing residents with the skills and confidence to step up when needed.

Communities taking action

We’ve witnessed a strong local response across Australia, with community organisations modifying or extending programmes to meet new and significant demand. Community organisations play an important role in providing emergency food, providing Aboriginal Support and supporting victims of domestic violence, as well as assisting people who are forced to self-isolate by providing practical services and information – all while grappling with new ways of working and social distancing measures.

It’s amazing to see community groups play such a powerful, positive, and necessary role when many individuals continue to endure great challenges, especially those who are most at risk.

Ongoing issues

We also recognise that serious difficulties persist, and that community organisations will require additional support and resources to continue this essential frontline work and assist with recovery in the future.

Staffing concerns, income and reserve depletion, and the need to change to new methods of working remain key concerns, according to groups, and might have substantial repercussions for how they deliver their job now, as well as in the medium to long term. In addition to organisational pressures, organisations have noted an increase in demand for their services, which is expected to persist even when some social distancing measures are lifted.

As we all know, the pandemic’s health, social, and economic consequences will last for a long time. In the future, community organisations will be on the front lines of assisting those who are most vulnerable in their communities.

As the effects of the crisis manifest, it’s critical that they’re recognised, acknowledged, and supported so that their vital job can continue and adapt to the new “normal” that will remain for some time. This entails not only enough, appropriate, and timely resources, but also access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and key worker status if these are required to keep people safe and supported.

We’ve already used the information we’ve gathered to inform how funding and policy might adapt to this catastrophe, and we’ll keep highlighting the needs and priorities of aboriginal communities in Australia in the coming weeks and months. For more info, visit CISAU.