National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June), is for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements. It's a time to explore how we can all contribute to achieving reconciliation.

Our vision for reconciliation is a unified, respectful and thriving community that embraces Australia's First Peoples for their experiences of the past, their resilience in the present and their aspirations for the future.

Each year we explore themes of reconciliation through a week of insightful events. Our programs include Indigenous storytime, performances by local musicians, native flora and fauna tours, and movie nights.

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a smoking ceremony

National Reconciliation Week Launch

Friday 27 May, 6pm to 8pm

Glen Eira City Council Gallery — corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield

Immerse yourself in an evening of music and art to mark the beginning of National Reconciliation Week. Enjoy the soulful sounds of Noongar singer Bumpy, surrounded by artworks from The Torch Confined 13 exhibition. Join us from 6pm for a Smoking Ceremony, Welcome to Country and Mayor’s address.

Bookings required.

Bumpy

Exhibition: Confined 13 presented by The Torch

Thursday 5 May to Sunday 5 June

Glen Eira City Council Gallery — corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield
Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm
Saturday to Sunday, 1pm to 5pm

Presented by The Torch, the Confined 13 exhibition includes artworks by Indigenous artists currently in or recently released from prisons in Victoria.

Featuring more than 380 artworks, Confined 13 presents a strong visual metaphor for the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system.

Painting acrylic on canvas frog Tiddalick
Caption: Flick Chafer-Smith (Ngarrindjeri people) | Tiddalick 2022 | acrylic on canvas, 90 x 118 cm | Courtesy of the artist

Live painting in the Gallery by Torch artists

Saturday 28 May, 2pm to 4pm
Sunday 29 May, 2pm to 4pm

Glen Eira City Council Gallery — corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield

Join us as a Torch artist sets up their studio in the Gallery. You’re welcome to watch the artist at work, have a yarn with them and enjoy the hundreds of artworks on display.

Bookings recommended.

Torch artist Flick Chafer-Smith at work in the studio
Torch artist Flick Chafer-Smith at work in the studio

Movie Night: In My Own Words

Saturday 28 May, 7pm

Glen Eira Town Hall Theatrette — corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield

Raw, heartfelt, sometimes painstaking but often funny, In My Own Words follows the journey of adult Aboriginal students and their teachers as they discover the transformative power of reading and writing for the first time in their lives.

Rated M

Bookings required.


Indigenous StoryTime

Wednesday 1 June, 11.30am

Carnegie Library, Boyd Room — 7 Shepparson Avenue, Carnegie

Join Glen Eira Libraries for a special StoryTime full of stories, songs and rhymes celebrating National Reconciliation Week with a special guest.

Bookings recommended.


Flora and Fauna Guided Tour

Thursday 2 June, 11am and 12pm

Mallanbool Reserve — Leila Road, Murrumbeena

Kulin Nation artist and bushtukka woman Cassie Leatham will host this tour and share her extensive knowledge of traditional and medicinal uses of native flora and how to identify edible native plants.

Bookings required.


Movie Night: Bran Nue Dae

Thursday 2 June, 7pm

Glen Eira Town Hall Theatrette — corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield

Ernie Dingo, Deborah Mailman, Hunter Page-Lochard and Jessica Mauboy star in this coming of age, comedy musical road movie. A rebellious boy runs away from a Catholic boarding school and tries to hitchhike to his Aboriginal home in Australia.

Rated PG-13. Bookings required.

Bran Nue Dae movie poster

The Torch Confined 13: Floor Talk with Kent Morris and Torch artist Chris Austin

Friday 3 June, 1pm

Glen Eira City Council Gallery — corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield

Join artist, curator, and CEO of The Torch Kent Morris, accompanied by Torch artist and Indigenous Program Mentor Chris Austin for an engaging discussion about the Confined 13 exhibition.

Bookings required.

Artist Chris Austin and The Torch CEO Kent Morris

David Arden

Friday 3 June, 6pm

Glen Eira Town Hall Theatrette — corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield

David Arden is a Gunditjmara/Kokatha Storyteller & Songman, with more than 32 years on our stages. He has performed with the likes of Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter, Paul Kelly, and Kutcha Edwards. His poetic songs are inspired by his deep passion and connection to country, his family and upbringing.

Bookings required.