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Celebrate NAIDOC Week!

CELEBRATE NAIDOC WEEK – Sunday, 7 July to Sunday, 14 July 2019: The Indigenous voice of this country is over 65,000+ years old, and each July NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to enjoy and participate in a range of activities to get to know and support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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Coming up - lots of events for July 2019. See below the quick list for further information and go to pages 1, 3, 4 and 5 for more events.

  • Each July, NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The QUANDAMOOKA also celebrates Indigenous culture, country and people. NAIDOC WEEK in Brisbane runs from Sunday, 7 July to Sunday, 14 July 2019 and the QUANDAMOOKA FESTIVAL is on NOW and runs until Saturday, 31 August 2019 across south east Queensland.
  • Does the probability of hearing the usual school holiday mantra from your kids leave you with a feeling of dread? BEAT THE ‘I’M BORED!’ BLUES AT SOUTH BANK – head for the South Bank Parklands to stimulate your kids’ minds and save yours. In Queensland, school holidays are from Monday, 1 July to Sunday, 14 July 2019. And it’s back to school for most Queensland youngsters on Monday, 15 July 2019.
  • THE LITTLE GREEN ROAD TO FAIRYLAND, presented by the Queensland Ballet and the Queensland Music Festival, is a magical fairy tale set in the Australian bush for the littlest lovers of dance and music. Waltz into the Playhouse Theatre at QPAC, South Bank, from Thursday, 11 July to Sunday, 21 July 2019.
  • The AUSTRALIAN TATTOO EXPO IS BACK! With an emphasis on talent, the Expo invites the public to come and experience the Tattoo Industry up close and personal with over 250 extraordinary artists from Australia and across the globe, not to mention daily circus performances and tattoo competitions. Get inked at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), South Bank from Friday, 12 July to Sunday, 14 July 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • The 18TH INTO GLOBAL RHYTHMS FESTIVAL is a FREE family event bringing you the finest music, including Country, Rock, Reggae, Latin and Blues performed by internationally acclaimed artists. The festival will also offer children activities, arts and crafts stalls, along with irresistible food to cater to all tastes. The finale will be spectacular FIREWORKS at around 5.00 p.m. Head for the Beenleigh Show Grounds, 38-44 James Street, Beenleigh, Logan City, on Saturday, 13 July 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

 

The Event: NAIDOC WEEK AND THE QUANDAMOOKA FESTIVAL – CELEBRATING INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND CULTURE

Date and time: NAIDOC WEEK runs from Sunday, 7 July to Sunday, 14 July 2019. The QUANDAMOOKA FESTIVAL is ON NOW and runs until Saturday, 31 August 2019.

Venue: Various venues across Brisbane and Queensland.

Ticket price: There is a mix of free and ticketed events. To find out what’s on and how much NAIDOC WEEK events cost, go to https://www.naidoc.org.au. For major QUANDAMOOKA FESTIVAL events and to download the program, visit http://quandamookafestival.com.au.

What’s happening: Each July, NAIDOC WEEK celebrations are held across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to enjoy and participate in a range of activities to get to know and support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

BCC libraries are holding FREE events for people of all ages, including story time for little kids; ask your local library what’s on. Wherever you live, you can take part in NAIDOC Week celebrations. Check out these events: 

THE QUANDAMOOKA FESTIVAL is also on now and runs until 31 August 2019. This festival also celebrates Indigenous culture, country and people. It’s happening across Brisbane’s Redlands, the Southern Moreton Bay islands region and includes key events on Minjerribah (NorthStradbrokeIsland). Get into the spirit of the festival and enjoy whale watching cultural tours, Kunjiels (corroborees), Indigenous sports, eco boat tours, art, weaving, bush tucker dining experiences, and speakers’ forums.

 

The Event: WHAT’S ON AT SOUTHBANK DURING THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS?

Date and time: In Queensland, school holidays run from Monday, 1 July to Sunday, 14 July 2019. And it’s back to school for most Queensland youngsters on Monday, 15 July 2019.

Venue: South Bank, Brisbane.

Cost: A mix of free and ticketed events. Check out the website at https://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/south-bank/news/whats-on-this-school-holidays-at-south-bank for more information about what’s on and how much it costs.

What’s happening: Dreading to hear the usual school holiday mantra from your kids? Beat the ‘I’m bored!’ blues at South Bank. See below for some holiday ideas and visit the website above for more:

XPRESS FUN TRAIN: $5 per person | ON NOW and runs until 14 July from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. | South Bank Parklands. Choo-choo, all aboard! Get ready to ride the XPRESS FUN TRAIN during the school holidays at South Bank. The trackless train will wind its way in a continuous loop from one end of the Parklands to the other; a perfect family adventure!

Main station: The Xpress Fun Train commences from the main station located on the Clem Jones Promenade, around the corner from the Wheel of Brisbane. The train will run daily until Sunday, 14 July (weather permitting) from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. but may operate later on some days. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A full list of guidelines for riding the train is available at the main station.

WHAT'S ON AT KIDS COLLECTIVE – SOUTH BANK PARKLANDS: There’s plenty to do at South Bank Parklands on any given day, but Thursdays are a must for kids aged up to five. That’s because Kids Collective, a series of free children’s activities, is on from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Activities change every week, so you can hone your child’s existing skills or teach them something new! They can paint a masterpiece, chase a soccer ball, learn to dance, unleash their super-hero powers, and so much more.

Bookings are not required and classes are re-set at regular intervals, so you can come and go as you please. To plan your day, check out the on the website above. And if you have older kids in tow, make sure you visit the ROMA STREET PARKLAND’S activities, held during the school holidays.

FUN WITH PUPPETS AT PICNICISLAND GREEN on Thursday, 11 July 2019. ‘Larrikin Puppets’ are bringing their colourful and exciting 30-minute puppet show to South Bank, featuring zany Muppet-style characters performing songs, skits, jokes, games and live interactions with the audience. Children will have the opportunity to learn about different types of puppetry, co-puppeteer the characters, as well as meet-and-greet with the puppets and get some photos! The workshop element of this Kids Collective activity is suitable for children aged 5 and over. 

MUSICAL PLAY AT FLOWSTATE at South Bank Parklands on Thursday, 18 July 2019. Kids will have the opportunity to create music, themed to the Australian bushland and fairies, in support of Queensland Music Festival’s children’s event The Little Green Road to Fairyland. More details – here. There will be a ticket giveaway from Queensland Music Festival for The Little Green Road to Fairyland and Music Beat will be giving away some free starter packs. 

SOCCER PLAY AT RAINFOREST GREEN on Thursday, 25 July 2019. This instalment of Kids Collective will see children learning key soccer skills, burning energy and having fun!

 

The Event: QUEENSLAND BALLET – THE LITTLE GREEN ROAD TO FAIRYLAND

Date and time: Thursday, 11 July to Sunday, 21 July 2019.

Venue: Playhouse Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Cnr Melbourne & Grey Streets, South Bank, Brisbane. 

Ticket price: All tickets $30. Family (2 adults and 2 children) $100. Groups of 6+ $20, and School Groups $20. Phone Qtix on 136 246, or go to the Queensland Ballet website at https:/queenslandballet.com.au to book online (transaction fees may apply).

What’s happening: THE LITTLE GREEN ROAD TO FAIRYLAND, presented by the Queensland Ballet and the Queensland Music Festival, is a magical fairy tale for the littlest lovers of dance and music. Set in the Australian bush, this performance will take the audience on a charming journey with colourful sets and costumes to delight all ages. Inspired by the original 1922 tale by Annie R. Rentoul and Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, this whimsical production will spark the imagination of the youngest audience with a tale of love, hope, compassion and a touch of fairy magic.

Soprano Kristin Berardi, along with Paul Boyd’s mesmerising choreography and Elena Kats-Chernin’s original score played by Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, will enchant audiences of all ages. Soprano songstress Katie Noonan will join the production for select performances on Saturday, 13 July at 1.00 p.m. and Sunday, 14 July 2019 at 3.30 p.m.

 

The Event: AUSTRALIAN TATTOO EXPO

Date and time: Friday, 12 July to Sunday, 14 July 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane.

Ticket price: Early Bird – Any Day Pass $30 if you take advantage of the pre-sale ticket pricing and save $5 (sales end on 10 July 2019). Online Only 2-day Pass $55, and Online Only 3-day Pass $70. Otherwise, Any Day Pass (single day) $35, Concession Any Day Pass (single day) $25, Child 13–17 Any Day Pass (single day) $10. Free entry for kids 12 years-old and under when accompanied by an adult.

Buy your tickets at Eventbrite – click on the website and then on BRISBANE for the link at https://www.tattooexpo.com.au. Still have questions? Email kitty@tattooexpo.com.au or phone her on (03) 9510 0860. #austattooexpo

What’s happening: The AUSTRALIAN TATTOO EXPO IS BACK! With an emphasis on talent, the Australian Tattoo Expo invites the public to come and experience the Tattoo Industry up close and personal. With over 250 extraordinary artists from across the globe (including New Zealand, South Africa, Nepal and Japan) under one roof in Brisbane, there is no better place to be introduced to the niche and complex culture of tattooing and body art.

With over 65,000 visitors annually, this celebration of creativity and art promotes the skills of world-renowned artists in Australia and around the globe. Meet the industry’s most talented Tattoo Artists, research different tattoo genres, trends and techniques and make an appointment or get inked on the spot. The Expo is also home to body piercing and tattoo related merchandise.

There’s plenty to do if you don’t feel like getting tattooed. Artists will be selling prints and merch, and retailers will be in attendance selling street wear, jewellery and more. Hosted by Chasing Ghosts frontman, Jimmy Kyle, the event will also feature daily circus performances and tattoo competitions. The hugely popular Sh!ttest Tattoo Competition will be returning to the Expo, so come along and show off your ink that seemed like good idea at the time.

 

The Event: INTO GLOBAL RHYTHMS FESTIVAL 2019

Date and time: Saturday, 13 July 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Venue: Beenleigh Show Grounds, 38-44 James Street, Beenleigh, Logan City, QLD. View Map

Ticket price: Entry to the event is FREE.

What’s happening: INTO PEOPLE are at it once again, and are bringing you great entertainment at the 18TH INTO GLOBAL RHYTHMS FESTIVAL proudly sponsored by Multicultural Affairs Queensland, to promote diversity and a celebration of life and unity.

This family event will be full of fun and surprises, and promises to be an incredible day of the finest music, catering for all styles, including Country, Rock, Reggae, Latin and Blues performed by internationally acclaimed artists. The festival will also offer children's activities, arts and crafts stalls, along with irresistible food to cater to all tastes. The finale will be spectacular FIREWORKS at around 5.00 p.m.

 

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CELEBRATE NAIDOC WEEK – Sunday, 7 July to Sunday, 14 July 2019: VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH. – Let's Work Together For A Shared Future. The theme for 2019 acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always wanted an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia’s democracy. NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. The committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. Each year, there is a different focus city for the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony. The focus city, National NAIDOC Poster Competition and NAIDOC Awards recipients are selected by the National NAIDOC Committee. Local community celebrations during NAIDOC Week are encouraged, and are usually organised by communities, government agencies, local councils, schools and workplaces. PLEASE NOTE THAT TICKETS ARE ALREADY SOLD OUT FOR THE NATIONAL NAIDOC AWARDS CEREMONY – SORRY. The countdown is now on to the Gala Event held in Canberra on Saturday, 6 July 2019. (2019 NAIDOC Logo Courtesy of NAIDOC CC BY-NC-N4 4.0)