NAIDOC Concert 2018

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The Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation (LNAC) is pleased to announce the NAIDOC Concert 2018, proudly sponsored by SKYCITY Darwin and hosted at the SKYCITY Casino Beachside Pavilion.

The Concert will bring together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers from around the community to celebrate NAIDOC Week with all members of the Darwin community.

In celebration of this year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Because of her, we can!’, the Concert will kick off with a fashion parade featuring local Aboriginal women modelling, organised by Sarina Jan Consultants.

Eddie Kitching, who organised previous NAIDOC concerts, stated that these concerts were well supported and were extremely popular with the Darwin community, but in recent years have gone off the radar of the NAIDOC calendar of events.

“In 2018 I suggested to Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation that this was one of the marquee events that catered for the whole community and that we should resurrect it. We looked at putting an event together that symbolises the NAIDOC theme for 2018, because of her we can, which runs in line with the Sarina Jan Consultant fashion parade.”

The Concert will also include and showcase a range of talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (TSI) performers including Sarina Jan Consultants fashion parade, Midnight Cruz, Wairuk Band, Moral High Ground and Robbie Mills and the Collective.

Midnight Cruz is a local TSI brother and sister duo who have for many years, graced the local social club scene with their repertoire of dance songs dating back to 60s-90s music era.

The Wairuk Band, with two remaining original members, have put together a line-up of other local musicians including Djolpa and Jeff from Wild Water, and also including highly talented drummer Alan Murphy, who regularly toured with the legendary Yothu Yindi.

Adding Roots, Rock and Reggae to the Concert is Moral High Ground, with local front man David Spry, who has recently been on tour throughout the country. David holds very strong family ties with the original members of the Wairuk Band.

The final performance will be by Robbie Mills and the Collective, bringing his own brand of electric blues, Reggae and Rock. Influenced by traditional Aboriginal music, Robbie Mills and the Collective blends all these feels into contemporary form. Both Moral High Ground and Robbie Mills and the Collective have been highly influenced by Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Kitching explained that this night is for the whole community to come together to celebrate NAIDOC Week, to let their hair down and enjoy the awesome talent that these performers will bring to the Concert.

The Concert is free of charge, and has food and bar facilities available. For all enquiries, contact Eddie Kitching on 0414 452 316.

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