NAIDOC Week Alice Springs

NAIDOC Week will be celebrated in Alice Springs from 16-21 July 2012.Join in the celebrations!
It’s a week of free celebrations for Alice Springs as we acknowledge this year’s national theme: the 40th year anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy and key contributors to its long history.

The history of the Tent Embassy is marked on Australia Day 1972 when Indigenous activists erected a beach umbrella on the lawns of Old Parliament House. It was stated that the “Embassy” represented a “displaced nation”. A plan was petitioned addressing Aboriginal ownership of various reserves and settlements, preservation of sacred sites, compensation and statehood for the Northern Territory.

Since then, the Tent Embassy has been a focal point for protests and marches.

NAIDOC Week, nationally, is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields.

For Alice Springs, activities will kick off with the official opening and the customary march starting at the ANZAC Oval car park at 10am on Monday 16 July. The march will finish on the Council lawns with speeches, a flag raising ceremony, free activities and a free sausage sizzle.

Events for the week are:

> MONDAY 16 JULY: Opening Ceremony & March
10am – 2pm // Todd Mall & Alice Springs Town Council lawns

> TUESDAY 17 JULY: Senior’s Day
10am – 3pm // Garden of Reflection, Desert Peoples Centre

> WEDNESDAY 18 JULY: Family Day
10am – 4pm // Alice Springs Aquatic & Leisure Centre

> THURSDAY 19 JULY: Youth Day
10am – 2pm // Anzac Oval & Youth Hub

> FRIDAY 20 JULY: Film Night
7pm – 10pm // Desert Park

> FRIDAY 20 JULY: Youth Night
6.30 – 10pm // Youth Hub

> SATURDAY 21 JULY: Community Festival Day
10am – 4pm // Old Melanka Site

1620 July 2012