NAIDOC Week grows bigger

More and more people around the country are getting involved in the annual celebration of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

The City of Sydney's biggest ever NAIDOC Week event will be headlined by Casey Donovan - the youngest winner of the Australian Idol series, star of theatre musical The Sapphires, and ARIA and Deadly Award winner - at Hyde Park on Monday 2 July.

The show will also feature Triple J Unearthed singer/songwriter Michael Corowa, Australia's Got Talent dancer Matty Shields, songwriting workshops, break dancing competitions, bush tucker secrets, weaving, fashion and dance.

NAIDOC Week, from 1-8 July, celebrates the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, which grew from the first Aboriginal political groups of the 1920s.

We need to celebrate the champions who fought hard for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights in this country - and on the day, elders will share their memories and stories of the struggle for recognition.

The national theme for NAIDOC Week 2012 is Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 Years On, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy at Canberra.

It's a chance for all Sydneysiders to learn more about their wonderful culture and acknowledge their rightful role in our nation's history and future.

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