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CELEBRATE NAIDOC WEEK – Sunday, 7 July to Sunday, 14 July 2019: OUR LANGUAGES MATTER. 2019 is being celebrated as the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages (see the website at https://en.iyil2019.org), and it’s time for Australian Indigenous voices to be heard. These were the first words spoken on this continent and the languages that passed down lore, culture and knowledge over millennia are precious to our nation. For generations, Australia’s first peoples have sought recognition of their unique place in Australian history, and to be the architects of their own lives and future. (Information and NAIDOC Week Poster 2017 courtesy of NAIDOC CC BY-NC-N4 4.0)

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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, 2, 4 and 5 for more events.   

  • Enjoy a winter wonderland with the whole family, with open-air ice-skating, exhilarating rides, and captivating entertainment, at THE SKATING AT FESTIVAL. There will also be theme nights throughout the festival’s run, such as Lurve at Frost Sight (groan). Head to King George Square, 100 Adelaide Street, Brisbane CBD, from NOW until Sunday, 14 July 2019.
  • THE QUEENSLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL returns in 2019 with a program that is sure to delight and inspire music lovers. This July, organisers are commemorating the festival’s 20th Anniversary by throwing a month-long celebration across the State! See the ‘What’s On Now?’ pages for details of the festival schedule.
  • Experience the Sunshine State on a plate at REGIONAL FLAVOURS, Queensland’s premier FREE foodie festival. There will be lots of free entertainment, from live music, street food stalls, and kid’s activities, to a thriving producer market featuring more than 80 stalls, delicious food, beer and wine, and more. Welcome some of Australia’s most popular chefs for two days of live cooking demonstrations, book signings and celebrity spotting. Take your taste buds to South Bank Parklands on Saturday, 20 July and Sunday, 21 July 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
  • THE BRISBANE WEDDING EXPO is a popular wedding fair in Queensland and the Brisbane area. This FREE annual expo is full of colour, inspiration, fun and great live entertainment for those tying the knot, with over 100 wedding professionals, vendors and displays. Bridal march into the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), at South Bank on Sunday, 21 July 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
  • THE ORIGINAL GOLD COAST SWAP is getting bigger and better each year. Here you will find Veteran, Vintage, Classic Cars & Parts, Automobilia, Memorabilia, Model Cars, Antiques, Collectables, and Australiana. Rev into the Mudgeeraba Showgrounds, Gold Coast, on Sunday, 21 July 2019 (set up available on Saturday afternoon) but trading is from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon on Sunday only.

 

The Event: THE ‘SKATING AT’ FESTIVAL

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 14 July 2019, with sessions available between the following times: Monday to Wednesday from 10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m., Thursday to Friday from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Venue: King George Square, 100 Adelaide Street, Brisbane.

Ticket price: Tickets are required. Prices vary depending on what session you’re attending – see website for more information. Family tickets are available. To book a session, go to the ‘Skating At’ website at https://www.brisbane.skatingat.com.au, and go to https://www.brisbane.skatingat.com.au/faqs for more information.

What’s happening: Head to King George Square to enjoy open-air ice-skating, exhilarating rides and captivating entertainment at THE ‘SKATING AT’ FESTIVAL. There will also be theme nights throughout the festival’s run, such as Experience Lurve at Frost Sight (groan) every Tuesday night, Glide under the Stars to romantic tunes, and experience a Date Night straight from a romantic movie. Or, you can Skate your Booty to hits from the 90s and 00s, every Thursday night with R&B classics to get you sliding to the groove (sounds painful).

Enjoy this little winter wonderland with the whole family. Your ‘Skating At’ Ice Rink ticket includes ice hockey rental skates, but they may not be as comfortable as your own skates. Be sure to bring an extra pair of socks with you. They should be a bit thicker than your normal socks – a pair of knee high ski socks would be perfect.

All outdoor ice rinks are subject to a thin layer of water across the surface of the ice. If conditions are windy or hot (ha, ha), bring a towel and change of clothes.

 

The Event: QUEENSLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019

Date and time: ON NOW and runs during July 2019.

Venue: Various venues across Queensland.  

Ticket price: There is a mix of free and ticketed events and bookings may be required for some events even if they’re free. To book, visit the Queensland Music Festival website at https://www.qmf.org.au and see THE SCHEDULE for events and costs at https://www.qmf.org.au/festival-schedule.

What’s happening: THE QUEENSLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL returns in 2019 with a program that is sure to delight and inspire music lovers. This July, organisers are commemorating the festival’s 20th Anniversary by throwing a month-long celebration across the State!

The program caters to all kinds of music lovers, with a range of free and ticketed events and a variety of genres. What’s more, they will be taking the celebration all around Queensland, with fantastic events in all corners of the State. Enjoy a month of live music, as we shine a light on our history, our state and our people through music.

 

The Event: REGIONAL FLAVOURS AT SOUTH BANK  

Date and time: Saturday, 20 July and Sunday, 21 July 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Venue: South Bank Parklands, Brisbane.

Cost: Entry is FREE for the whole event. Find out more about this iconic festival at https://www.regionalflavours.com.au and https://www.regionalflavours.com.au/about. DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM at https://www.regionalflavours.com.au/events.

What’s happening: Experience the Sunshine State on a plate at REGIONAL FLAVOURS, Australia’s largest free food and wine festival. Queensland’s premier foodie festival is presented by The Courier-Mail and features lots of free entertainment, from live music, street food stalls, and kid’s activities, to a thriving producer market featuring more than 80 stalls, delicious food, beer and wine, and more. 

The South Bank Piazza will welcome some of Australia’s most popular chefs for two days of live cooking demonstrations, book signings and celebrity spotting. Catch up with the ever energetic MIGUEL MAESTRE, who will again host the Main Stage program with guests such as MATT PRESTON, GEORGE CALOMBARIS, GARY MEHIGAN, POH LING YEOW and other favourites.

The event proudly supports Queensland farmers and small businesses, offering a weekend of delicious food, wine, beer and fun. Make sure you arrive hungry – there's aromatic wine, rich desserts, flavoursome jams and sauces, creamy nuts and cheeses, fresh fruit and vegetables, plus plenty more.

Like the state’s brilliant weather, sandy beaches, and open-armed locals, Regional Flavours is a Queensland icon, dedicated to drawing focus to the area’s quality food, beer, and wine – but it’s not just the region’s flavours that earn a moment in the spotlight. Our laid-back local lifestyle is echoed every step of the way, with guests invited to unwind and enjoy the weekend on South Bank’s sunny lawns.

Please note that due to popular demand, The Hunting Club will be open for specially extended hours from 5.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. on Friday, 19 July, and from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. River Quay will be open from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

 

The Event: BRISBANE’S ANNUAL WEDDING EXPO 2019

Date and time: Sunday, 21 July 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

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

Ticket price: The Brisbane Wedding Expo is FREE ADMISSION, with every couple receiving an exclusive I'm Getting Married gift bag. PLUS – a VIP Special Ticket is available for $29.00 – the VIP Bridal Bag includes a VIP Bride Lanyard, hardcover copy of 60 Secrets to a Happy Bride guidebook, and a honeymoon mandala throw for the honeymoon.

The Bridal Bag is guaranteed to be full of expo offers and specials. Find out more and book your tickets at Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/brisbanes-annual-wedding-expo-the-convention-exhibition-centre-tickets-46179864217.  

What’s happening: THE BRISBANE WEDDING EXPO is one of the favourite wedding fairs in Queensland and the Brisbane area. The annual expo is located in the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre at South Bank, just a walk away from the heart of Brisbane Central Business District. Full of colour, inspiration, fun and great live entertainment the expo is an event not to be missed for those tying the knot.

To help you plan your perfect day, there will be FREE I'M GETTING MARRIED BAGS and over 100 Exhibitors from the greater Brisbane and Queensland region. The hand-picked creative vendors include an array of florists, bridal gowns, photography, invitations, wedding cars, hen’s parties, makeup, fitness, men’s suits, shoes, videography, reception venues, honeymoon, bridal favours, candy buffets, wedding cakes, bridal jewellery, wedding planners, marriage celebrants and wedding stylists.

 

The Event: THE ORIGINAL GOLD COAST SWAP

Date and time: Sunday, 21 July 2019. Gates open at 5.00 a.m. on Sunday for stallholders. Saturday afternoon set-up available from 1.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. Trading is from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon on Sunday only.

Venue: Mudgeeraba Showgrounds, Gold Coast, Queensland. There is free parking in the grounds (enter from Worongary Road).

Ticket price: Adult admission $5. Outdoor sites $10 (including driver – no booking is required). Check out the website at http://www.gcaac.com.au for more information. If you still have questions, contact David on 0428 279 291 or Col on 0409 825 913. Or you can email them on swap.gcaac@gmail.com

What’s happening: Rev heads rejoice! THE ORIGINAL GOLD COAST SWAP is getting bigger and better each year. Here you will find Veteran, Vintage, Classic Cars & Parts, Automobilia, Memorabilia, Model Cars, Antiques, Collectables, and Australiana. There will be a full catering service and camping is available on the Saturday (includes amenities and limited powered sites). Gates open at 5.00 a.m. on Sunday for stallholders and trading is from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon on Sunday only.

 

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CELEBRATE NAIDOC WEEK – Sunday, 7 July to Sunday, 14 July 2019: THE AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL FLAG was designed by artist HAROLD THOMAS and first flown at Victoria Square in Adelaide, South Australia, on National Aborigines Day in July 1971. The Aboriginal flag is divided horizontally into halves; the top half is black, the lower half red, and there is a yellow circle in the centre of the flag. The meanings of the three colours in the flag, as stated by Harold Thomas, are: BLACK – represents the Aboriginal people of Australia, YELLOW CIRCLE – represents the Sun, the giver of life and protector, RED – represents the red earth, the red ochre used in ceremonies and Aboriginal peoples’ spiritual relation to the land. It became the official flag for the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra after it was first flown there in 1972. Since then, it has become a widely recognised symbol of the unity and identity of Aboriginal people. In view of the flag’s wide acceptance and importance in Australian society, the Commonwealth took steps in 1994 to give the flag legal recognition. After a period of public consultation, in July 1995 the Aboriginal flag was proclaimed a ‘Flag of Australia’ under the Flags Act 1953. In 1997 the Federal Court recognised Harold Thomas as the author of the flag. Unusually, the Australian Aboriginal flag is protected under copyright and may be reproduced only in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 or with the permission of Harold Thomas. Contact details are: Mr Harold Thomas PO Box 41807, Casuarina NT 0810. Permission is not required to fly the Australian Aboriginal Flag. Mr Thomas has awarded a licence for the manufacture and marketing of the Australian Aboriginal Flag to Carroll and Richardson Flagworld – see https://www.flagworld.com.au/flags/aboriginal-flags.html. (Attribution: The Aboriginal flag was designed by Mr Harold Thomas – see above)