NAIDOC Week 2018 will run from Sunday, 8 July to Sunday, 15 July and is a time for all Australians to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Hawkesbury will host a free concert at Richmond Park, Windsor Street, Richmond from 10am to 3pm on Sunday, 15 July to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

Free entertainment will include live bands, lots of stalls and childrens’ activities. All are welcome to attend and enjoy a BBQ, face painting, art, information stalls and a wildlife display. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be postponed to Sunday, 22 July 2016.

For more information about the concert, contact Merana Aboriginal Community Association for the Hawkesbury Inc. on 4588 5144.

Hawkesbury Regional Museum will also embrace NAIDOC Week with a special video presentation by Darug elder, Aunty Edna Watson, and visitors can drop in any time during opening hours in NAIDOC Week to watch the video.

Visitors can also explore the Museum’s collection of artefacts, and read the moving Sorry Speech delivered by former Emeritus Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Dr Rex Stubbs, OAM, at the unveiling of the Yarramundi Memorial in Macquarie Park in 1999

Children are also invited to come along to the Museum for storytelling and scratch art activities exploring Indigenous culture on Thursday, 12 July from 10am to midday. This is a free community event, all welcome, no bookings required but children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

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