Fed Square is working with Australia Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and NGV: Australia to host a week-long program of events for National Reconciliation Week.
From Sunday 27 May – Sunday 3 June, Fed Square will become the hub for a range of exhibitions, activities and documentaries that celebrate and commemorate significant milestones in the journey to reconciliation.
The Long Walk will headline the week’s activities at Fed Square on Saturday 2 June. Led by Essendon legend Michael Long, in the lead up to the annual Dreamtime at the G match, The Long Walk attracts thousands of people to the Square and has become a symbolic event, raising awareness and putting the lives of Australia’s Indigenous community back on the national agenda. Accompanying The Long Walk will be live performances on Fed Square’s main stage by Birdz, Black Fire, Soul Chic, Brolga Boys and more.
Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia’s exhibitions Colony: Frontier Wars and Colony: Australia 1770 – 1861 explore Australia’s complex colonial past and the art that emerged during and in response to this period. NGV: Australia will present a talk by Boon Wurrung elder Aunty Carolyn Briggs reflecting on Australia’s colonial past in Deep Listening: know the soul of this country on Sunday 27 May, thanks to The Boon Wurrung Foundation. Curator Pip Wallis will continue the exploration into this exhibition when she hosts Curator’s Perspective: Gordon Bennett on Wednesday 30 May.
ACMI are hosting The Decolonising of Aboriginal Representation On Our Screens, on Tuesday 29 May – a discussion about Aboriginal identity and the Australian film and television industry. The discussion will be led by The Mangrook Footy Show’s Leila Gurruwiwi and will focus on what needs to be achieved by Indigenous film and television practitioners to take control of their identity.
Visit ACMI’s free exhibition Screen Worlds to see ”We Don’t Need a Map: Australian identity and the Southern Cross,” based on Warwick Thornton and Brendan Fletcher’s documentary We Don’t Need a Map, a film that explores the spiritual connection Aboriginal Australians share with the Southern Cross. See some of the original Bush Toys that featured in the film, together with spectacular extended time lapse footage and learn about Indigenous histories, tattoo traditions and astronomy.
The week concludes with Mabo Day at Deakin Edge on Sunday 3 June. Actor and singer Lisa Maza will host an afternoon of performances to commemorate the anniversary of the Mabo Decision. There will be a performance by the acclaimed Torres Strait Island dance troupe, Gerib Sik and live performances from Luke Captain and Monica Weightman and Black Sistaz.
The dates that open and close National Reconciliation Week, signify two milestones in the reconciliation journey – the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The week serves as a chance for Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation.
Further information can be found here.