Orion Springfield Central is celebrating 2023 National NAIDOC Week with a two-week program of events, including art workshops and displays, perfect for the school holidays.
Running from Monday, 26 June, until Sunday, 9 July, the program gives children the chance to explore Australia’s rich Indigenous culture through activities such as boomerang decorating, message stick art, canvas painting, and dance workshops.
This year, the theme for NAIDOC Week – which celebrates the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – is “For our Elders”.
First Nations artist Kylie Hill – Springfield-based owner of KJH Artworks – will captivate visitors with her stunning artwork at a special pop-up shop during the fortnight.
Orion Springfield Central assistant marketing manager Allana Clark said art, music, and storytelling are powerful tools for connection to Country – and budding young artists can unleash their creativity through art and dance.
“Across every generation, Elders have played, and continue to play, an important role and hold a prominent place in communities and families,” Allana said.
“We draw strength from their knowledge and experience and believe the best way to celebrate NAIDOC Week is to share that knowledge.”
Art of Reconciliation
The centre has partnered with Indigenous owned KJH Artworks to create an interactive program of First Nations culture, alongside a showcase of art, Allana explained.
And Kylie’s new work, ‘For Our Elders’ – reflecting NAIDOC’s theme – will be displayed in the Target Mall.
“This masterpiece embodies the profound influence of our Elders, reflecting their enduring spirit and the rich connection they hold within our communities.
“By supporting KJH Artworks, customers contribute not just to the world of art but to the very heartbeat of the local community.”
Kylie said the partnership with Orion was “an honour”.
“NAIDOC is celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Kylie said.
“Doing this together, alongside Orion Springfield Central, is Reconciliation at its best.”
Dreamtime and Spark
Kylie will be joined by other talented First Nations artists from KJH Artworks, as well as First Nations author Trevor Fourmile.
“Mr Fourmile will transport locals to the Dreamtime with a special ‘Collaboration & Dreamtime Story Trail’,” Allana said.
“Customers will explore the captivating lore of the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji culture.
“Displays located throughout the centre hold QR codes that will guide visitors through the mesmerising story of ‘Gurril, Storm Bird’, giving them a glimpse into the deep cultural beliefs and traditions of our First Nations Peoples.”
On the final day, World of Music Ipswich (‘WOMI’) will host a vibrant one-day world music festival along Main Street at Orion – part of the Spark Ipswich 2023 schedule.
With a jam-packed line-up of music from across the globe, multicultural food, and artisanal market stalls, Orion is highlighting the vibrancy and diversity of Ipswich and South East Queensland’s culturally and linguistically diverse community.
For the full program of events or to book a workshop, visit the Orion website. As an added bonus, during NAIDOC Week Orion Springfield Central is offering customers the chance to win a $1,000 Helloworld Travel voucher simply by spending $50 in the centre by Sunday, July 9.