NAIDOC 2017 Celebrations

NAIDOC Week 2017 was a busy one for the team kuril and the State Library of Queensland, with a number of events taking place over the course of the week. This year the State Library and kuril dhagun once again celebrated NAIDOC at the annual Family Fun Day at Musgrave Park on Friday 7 July.

SLQ Staff and Dr. Anita Heiss testing out some of the Virtual Reality kits.

Set up under the marquee, we had numerous staff put their hand up to volunteer to come down and interact with the mob on what was a gloomy and wet day. Amazingly, the turnout of people down at the park was still impressive with lots of activity and buzz about the place.

Say G’day customised keychains with our Say G’day postcards.

Say G’day language map.

kuril dhagun’s Say G’day Message Stack game at Family Fun Day.

We all had an amazing time interacting with the community, with plenty of information and takeaways on offer. In line with this year’s theme of ‘Our Languages Matter’, we debuted our brand new Say G’Day Message Stack Jenga game and gave away matching key chains made by the kuril dhagun team which featured Say G’day language words on them from South East Queensland.

Other things on offer included hundreds of our deadly Say G’day postcards, Family History kits, language resource booklets, gift bags, as well as storytelling and colouring in. To top it off we had some awesome robotics and virtual reality demonstrations as the rain finally eased. The Nao robot was even programmed to say G’day to the crowd in Turrbal and Yuggera and talk about the importance of language preservation.

Colouring in activities in the SLQ Marquee.

Robotics demonstration at the SLQ Marquee.

Following the Family Fun Day the kuril dhagun team had the pleasure of attending the opening event for the Queensland Music Festival, the Mission Songs Project, which was held in our main space. It was a great opportunity for SLQ to partner with QMF on this event and to see the ladies showcase the revival of these lost songs and stories of our mobs.

(L to R) Emma Donovan, Deline Briscoe, Jessica Hitchcock and Jessie Lloyd showcasing the Mission Songs Project in kuril dhagun.

A big thanks goes out to every staff member who came along to help on the day. Amidst the miserable weather, we all had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the celebrations.

Check out our video of our day at Musgrave Park here.