Despite what you might read from some opinion columnists, National Reconciliation Week is about celebrating the shared history of all Australians. It’s also about acknowledging the contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made to the country’s history, and the work that is still to be done in uniting Australia.
Although National Reconciliation Week has a serious message, there are plenty of not-so-serious ways to show your support.
Because there ‘aint no party like a reconciliation party, we suggest you head to the Melbourne launch of National Reconciliation Week with the Reconciliation Blues Twilight Concert on Tuesday 27 May at Federation Square. Kicking off at 5.30pm with star of stage and screen Aaron Pedersen as your MC, this concert will feature the divine voices of Casey Donovan, Christine Ward and Illana Atkinson. Best of all, it’s free.
Everyone loves a pop up, so the City of Melbourne and National Reconciliation Week organisers have got together to create the first pop-up reconciliation hub at the Melbourne Town Hall. You can take part in the Bunjil’s Nest interactive installation, where an Elder will talk about Bunjil the Eagle – creator spirit of the Kulin Nation. Over the life of the pop up, a ‘nest’ will be created where you can add your own message of reconciliation.
Indigenous art more your scene? Throughout National Reconciliation Week, ‘super banner’ artworks created by talented Indigenous artists will be on display throughout Melbourne. Titled Toom-buk Toom-nangi – Telling Their Stories Celebrating Aboriginal Culture, the banners (created by Vicki Couzens, Maree Clarke, Treahna Hamm, Gail Harradine, Glenn Romanis, Mandy Nicholson and Ray Thomas) will be unfurled in places like the National Gallery of Victoria, Birrarung Marr and Royal Botanical Gardens.