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02 July 2011

NAIDOC Week











MEDIA RELEASE - Friday 1 July 2011

Australian High Commission celebrates NAIDOC week 2011 with a public
screening of short indigenous films


The Australian High Commission is proud to be celebrating NAIDOC week from

3-10 July 2011. NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each

July to

celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Australian Aboriginal

and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC week is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by

Australians from all walks of life.



The theme for NAIDOC Week 2011 is Change: the next step is ours. The

National NAIDOC Awards recognise the outstanding contributions that

Indigenous

Australians make to improve the lives of Indigenous people in their

communities and beyond, or to promote Indigenous issues in the wider

community,

or the excellence they’ve shown in their chosen field. In Canberra, the

Hon Kevin Rudd MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, will launch a

new touring

indigenous art exhibition entitled Message Stick: Indigenous Identity in

Urban Australia, which will also be exhibited in Cape Town in February

2012.



The Australian High Commission in Pretoria will celebrate NAIDOC week with

a public screening of indigenous short films at the

Bioscope Independent Cinema, Arts on Main, Johannesburg, from 1-3pm on

Sunday 10 July. The screening will take place in conjunction with

Brainbow Productions’ Crash Cinema Movement. There is no need to pre-book

as tickets can be purchased at the door.

For more information about the films which will be screened at the Bioscope

on 10 July, please contact Ms Mukundi Lambani, on 072 784 8777 or

mukundi@brainbow.co.za



NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day

Observance Committee’.

This committee was once responsible for organising national activities

during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week

itself.

More information about NAIDOC week can be found at www.naidoc.org.au

For media enquiries please contact:

Natalie Mendelsohn, Third Secretary

Australian High Commission, Pretoria

Tel: 012 423 6183 Mobile: 083 409 3619 Email:

natalie.mendelsohn@dfat.gov.au

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