NAIDOC Week shows off Sydney’s cultural bonafides

NAIDOC-Week-shows-off-the-cultural-depth-of-the-Harbour-City_157_74033_0_14100104_300Sydney is gearing up for the upcoming National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week this July 7.

NAIDOC Week is, in the words of the council’s official website, “a celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people past and present”. It will involve such events as a bushfood walk, boomering throwing and a weaving workshop that teaches participants traditional and contemporary Indigenous techniques for weaving. It will also feature traditional Aborigonal and Torres Strait Islander music and food.

The celebrations will also involve numerous artistic events, such as an exhibition by Victorian Indigenous Art Awards-winner Paola Balla, an exhibit of stencil art and an art workshop, which will lead students through the symbols, materials and styles of traditional Indigenous art.

The week of cultural events, now in its 24th year, is a great advertisement for what the city of Sydney has to offer residents. With events to keep both adults and children stimulated and occupied, the event is a good example of why Sydney is such a rapidly growing city – both in terms of population and property values.

Festivities are already beginning in the city, with two large underground earth ovens set to be installed to slow-cook traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander food, such as emu, crocodile and kangaroo.

“By bringing this earth oven right into the city centre gives all Sydneysiders, workers and visitors a chance to experience a slice of traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life,” commented Lord Mayor Clover Moore in a June 17 release.

Figures from RP Data show property values in Sydney grew 16.7 per cent in the year to May 2014. This can partly be accounted for by the raft of cultural events taking place in the city, such as the Vivid Sydney festival held earlier this month. Events such as this help draw residents to the city and increase demand for residential housing.

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