NAIDOC Celebrations

NAIDOC Celebrations
Council’s flagship NAIDOC Family Fun Day event was held at the Bankstown City Gardens from 10am-3pm on Saturday, 1 July. This fun and inclusive event featured performances from First Nations artists. Council’s flagship NAIDOC Family Fun Day event celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, heritage and history! Council’s flagship NAIDOC Family Fun Day event celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, heritage and history!  

NAIDOC Celebrations

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity to celebrate the significance of our Aboriginal heritage and the important contribution Canterbury-Bankstown’s Aboriginal population makes to our community and across our vibrant City.
The program of events will celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and heritage; as well as embrace the NAIDOC 2024 theme, ‘Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud.’ 
This year's theme celebrates the unyielding spirit of our communities and invites all to stand in solidarity, amplifying the voices that have long been silenced.
The fire represents the enduring strength and vitality of Indigenous cultures, passed down through generations despite the challenges faced. It is a symbol of connection to the land, to each other, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As we honour this flame, we kindle the sparks of pride and unity, igniting a renewed commitment to acknowledging, preserving, and sharing the cultural heritage that enriches our nation.
"Blak, Loud and Proud" encapsulates the unapologetic celebration of Indigenous identity, empowering us to stand tall in our heritage and assert our place in the modern world. This theme calls for a reclamation of narratives, an amplification of voices, and an unwavering commitment to justice and equality. It invites all Australians to listen, learn, and engage in meaningful dialogue, fostering a society where the wisdom and contributions of Indigenous peoples are fully valued and respected.
Through our collective efforts, we can forge a future where the stories, traditions, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are cherished and celebrated, enriching the fabric of the nation with the oldest living culture in the world.
 

NAIDOC Day Campsie 
CBCity will be celebrating NAIDOC day in Campsie with local schools and early learning centres.
  • Smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country with Aunty Lyn Martin
  • Flag raising 
  • Didgeridoo performance
  • Wildlife show 
  • Aboriginal art stall with Aunty Noelene Holten
  • Traditional games 
  • Free BBQ
And much more!

  • When: Wednesday 3 July
  • Time: 10am-1pm
  • Where: Anzac Square, Campsie



NAIDOC Family day 
  • Smoking ceremony
  • Cultural performances 
  • Rides
  • Indigenous games
  • Face painting
  • Cultural workshops and artefacts
  • Australian wildlife display
  • Kids activities
  • Free BBQ
  • Live music featuring The Donovans, Kootsie Don and Koreena Leverett


  • When: Saturday 6 July
  • Time: 10am-3pm
  • Where: Bankstown City Gardens corner of Restwell Street and Vimy Street, Bankstown
  
    


NAIDOC Film screening 
Come and join us for a film screening of The Last Daughter (PG) followed by questions and answers with Aunty Jennifer Newman.
  • When: Wednesday 10 July
  • Time: 10am-12pm
  • Where: Campsie Library and Knowledge Centre, 14/28 Amy Street, Campsie
NAIDOC Movie night 
  • In My Blood It Runs (Rated PG)  
  • Movie screening of In My Blood It Runs
  • Q & A session with local Aboriginal Elders
  • Cultural workshops 
  • Free BBQ
  • When: Saturday 13 July
  • Time: 2-5pm
  • Where: Bankstown Art Centre, 5 Olympic Parade, Bankstown
   
NAIDOC day Villawood 
Come along and celebrate NAIDOC with us in Villawood!
  • Free BBQ 
  • Cultural activities and workshops 
  • Jumping castle 
  • Face painting 
  • And much more
  • When: Tuesday 16 July
  • Time: 11am-2pm
  • Where: Villawood Hub, Urana Street Villawood
  
​NAIDOC disco
Bring your dancing shoes and join in the fun at our NAIDOC disco!
There will be FREE food, entertainment, games and prizes to be won.
  • Where: The First Nations Cultural Hub Bankstown Senior Citizens Centre, 7 West Terrace, Bankstown
  • When: Friday, 19 July
  • Time: 5-7.30pm
  • Age: Under 18s


The City of Canterbury Bankstown acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, water and skies of Canterbury-Bankstown, the Darug (Darag, Dharug, Daruk, Dharuk) People. We recognise and respect Darug cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge the First Peoples’ continuing importance to our CBCity community.