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Purfleet Taree LALC showcases talent

The annual Taree NAIDOC Concert has always been a significant event on the NAIDOC calendar, and 2020’s edition was no exception.

Showcasing the incredibly talented Biripi singers, songwriters and storytellers from the local area, as well as special historical and cultural teachings from local Elders, Purfleet Taree Local Aboriginal Land Council along with other event organisers, were able to deliver a range of performances that delivered an outstanding experience of Biripi culture.

The Saunders Sisters backstage at NAIDOC Concert

At the 2020 Taree NAIDOC Concert, attendees were able to experience the large community event in a COVID-safe environment as event organisers ensured that all NSW Health Guidelines were strictly followed, such as social distancing rules and the availability of hand sanitisers and masks.

The event showed the strength, resilience and adaptability of our communities during these unprecedent times, and left audiences both entertained and educated.

Funding of $2,000 from Aboriginal Affairs NSW enabled six young up-and-coming artists to receive ongoing mentoring from some of the industry’s best musicians and singers, which has already provided more opportunities for these aspiring artists.

“Having artist mentoring fees covered meant that we could concentrate other funding on things like essential sound and lighting that help make the concert so exciting,” said Joedie Lawler, CEO of the Purfleet Taree LALC.

“We have delivered some amazing events with your assistance, and look forward to broadening our engagement into the future!” she said.

The NSW NAIDOC Grants is an initiative administered by Aboriginal Affairs NSW that aims to celebrate Aboriginal history, culture and achievements during NAIDOC Week. Through grants ranging from $500 to $3,000, eligible organisations are supported to promote greater awareness and understanding of Aboriginal history and culture within their broader local or regional community.

Elijah Lawler singing at Taree NAIDOC Concert



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