Friday, July 26, 2024

Penrith set to celebrate NAIDOC Week

Penrith City Council will join with the local community to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2024 with the return of its popular NAIDOC community event at Jamison Park from 10am to 3pm on 12 July.   

Council says the event program has been prepared in consultation with First Nations people and pays respect to the Dharug and Gundungarra Traditional Owners as well as all other First Nations people who call Penrith home.  

The cultural event will have plenty on offer including performances from local Traditional Owners as well as other First Nations artists. The Caring for Country Corridor will return and will be curated by Muru Mittigar a local Aboriginal organisation that has cared for the rich biodiversity and cultural landscape of the Cumberland Plain for many years.  

The event will also feature artisan market stalls, cultural workshops, deadly touch tag, a health tent, a free community BBQ lunch, and First Nations food trucks.   

The event embraces the 2024 NAIDOC theme, ‘Keep the Fire Burning! Blak Loud and Proud’ which celebrates the resilient spirit of Penrith’s First Nations community and invites all to stand in solidarity, amplifying the voices that have long been silenced.  

Mayor, Todd Carney said NAIDOC Week was a special time for the community to come together to celebrate the unique histories, cultures and achievements of First Nations peoples.  

“We can’t wait to once again celebrate NAIDOC Week with our community event at Jamison Park. I encourage everyone to come along and join the fun as we celebrate and recognise our First Nations communities,” Mayor Carney said.  

“We also thank the many local services and event sponsors who assist to make this day a truly unique and special event.” 

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