NAIDOC in the City

Join NAIDOC in the City on Monday 8 July in Hyde Park and you'll be able to try a crocodile wrap and bush coffee while enjoying live rock, pop and hip hop music.

The City's second NAIDOC in the City celebration at Hyde Park North will run from 11am to 3pm and has something for everyone - families looking for school holiday entertainment, city workers looking for a break, or visitors who want to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.

Stallholders include Bush Secrets tea and coffee, Naked Flame wraps (including a crocodile version) and the Vegie Patch food truck, which will be experimenting with traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ingredients.

A marketplace will include clothing, arts, crafts and homewares by Blacka Wear, Brothaboy Clothing, Journeyman Leathergoods, Bakarindi Bush Foods, Boomali Aboriginal Arts Cooperative, Boxa Clothing Company, Double Bridge Farm and artist Aloma Sagigi.

Children can enjoy the dedicated Kidzone, with performances by Move it Mob Style, comedy by Kevin Kropinyeri, animals from Taronga Zoo and artefacts from the Australian Museum.

The main stage will include performances by Deadly Award winning hip-hop group Street Warriors, indie-pop duo Bow and Arrow and songstress Leah Flanagan.

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2013 is We Value the Vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963, which will mark the 50th anniversary of this important turning point in traditional rights and ownership.

The two bark petitions were sent by the Yolngu people, of Yirrkala in northeast Arnhem Land, to the Australian House of Representatives in August 1963, protesting the Commonwealth's granting of mining rights on land excised from Arnhem Land, and to recognise the land as belonging to the Yolngu people.

The petitions were the first traditional documents to be recognised by Australian law. They set into motion a long process of legislative and constitutional reforms for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as the nation's acknowledgment of their land rights.

NAIDOC Week celebrates the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, which grew from the first political groups of the 1920s.

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