This year’s NAIDOC theme is Voice Treaty Truth. The sharing of knowledge through voice, the desire for lasting agreements and the realisation that we all need to own our history, an acknowledgement of truth.
We brought local artist Lann Levinge on board to help us deliver our NAIDOC celebrations here in July.
‘As a Kombumerri man with a passion for music and language development, it’s an absolute privilege to be working in the heart of the Coast’s creative arts field. Coming from a live music performance background I’ve enjoyed the transition over recent years into designing, developing and recording language soundscapes, creating visual installations and structuring new ways of presenting language based welcome to country through the combination of music, dance and video elements. I’m loving the journey and path that I’m on helping to develop, create awareness of and connect the Yugambeh Language to everyone through music, dance and visual art,’ said Lann.
‘If we truly want to reconcile as a nation then we first must listen, it’s a key element of communication. Give a voice to those that have none, seek ways that create long lasting healing and by our actions offer the simple acknowledgement of the past,’ he said.
Lann has brought together a talented group of local Indigenous singers, dancers and entertainers to celebrate NAIDOC at a special edition of our popular Dancing on the Green.
There will also be a unique market showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ arts and crafts.
Lann told us why he believes it’s important we celebrate NAIDOC week:
‘It’s an important way to help the healing process through the celebration of our achievements, we get to share who we are through our culture and our language in diverse ways. In turn this helps us all to engage in real understanding, to practice empathy and to give respect to everyone that calls Australia home.’
‘Being involved in the NAIDOC celebration at HOTA is definitely my personal highlight. Working with amazing indigenous talent both on and off the stage, bringing new ideas to the table, merging traditional and contemporary messages in such a beautiful space is a privilege.’
We’re looking forward to celebrating NAIDOC on 7 July, join us for a fantastic morning of live music, dance, and market stalls to wander through.
NAIDOC Week Program 2019 is presented by City of Gold Coast and HOTA, Home of the Arts.