A Day of Culture, Respect and Celebration for NAIDOC in the City 2016
NAIDOC in the City 2016, held at Hyde Park in Sydney’s City on July 4, was a fantastic event held again this year to celebrate and acknowledge the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. During a week of NAIDOC celebrations and events, NAIDOC in the City was a fabulous day out and experience for the whole family.
Adults and children had the opportunity to watch and take part in many activities such as cultural dance, storytelling, culture workshops, bush tucker sessions, cooking demonstrations, basket weaving and much more. Arts and crafts were available for purchase in the marketplace and delicious aromas attracted many people to the ‘Earth Oven’ and various cultural food tents.
This year, the NRL were invited for the second year to take part in the event, setting up in the Sports Zone area along with a variety of other sports such as basketball and football. The NRL stand was a popular one throughout the day with NRL Community Ambassador George Rose there to lend tips on the pass the ball competition and to meet and greet fans both young and old. George also had the opportunity to talk on the main stage, discussing both his Indigenous heritage and his role with NRL Community. South Sydney Rabbitohs players George Rose and Zane Musgrove also joined in the action at the NRL tent and were very popular with the many Bunnies fans there on the day!
NRL Sydney Metro Game Development staff there on the day, had a great experience at the event, a wonderful acknowledgment of the contributions of Australia’s First Peoples.