'Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud' exhibition

'Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud' exhibition

Past Event

Thu 23 May - Sat 13 Jul10am - 4pm

Manning Regional Art Gallery
12 Macquarie St
Taree NSW 2430

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NAIDOC 2024 - Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & 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.

The exhibition features photographs from two significant events in the region for the Biripi and Worimi Communities - the Fly the Flag Taree protest from 2004 and the Nation Dance of healing, 2019.

The documented images from local photographer, Julie Salvin show both the powerful act of protest, and the continuing connection to Country by Aboriginal Peoples. The powerful images also highlight the coming together of the whole community in the spirit of reconciliation and resilience.

NAIDOC exhibitions will be held at other Council sites.

The events depicted in this exhibition took place in 2004 and 2019 and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website contains images and names of deceased person.

Image credit: Julie Slavin 'Nation Dance of healing', Saltwater National Park, Biripi Nation' 2019.