Reconciliation Week celebrations fall May 27-June 3 Australia wide

Reconciliation Week is a chance for the Barossa to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Reconciliation Week is a chance for the Barossa to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

Barossa communities will have the opportunity to recognise Reconciliation Week, May 27 to June 3, with two free planned events in place.

A popular week on the Australian calendar, Reconciliation Week is a chance for all Australians to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

On Friday, May 3, from 6pm-8.30pm is the Black Screen Film Festival hosted inside the Nuriootpa Soldiers Memorial Hall.

Black Screen supports the Australian Indigenous film industry by showcasing a mix of family-friendly, educational, dramatic and comedic short films from emerging and established Indigenous filmmakers

Black Screen Barossa will be welcomed by Ngadjuri Custodian Uncle Quentin Agius who will provide the Welcome to Country with cultural storytelling and what reconciliation means to him.

The evening will be complemented with a photographic exhibition and examples of many amazing and wonderful Australian Indigenous literature, movies and resources.

Free hot pizza and hot drinks will also be available.

The second event is Reconciliation Day hosted at the Barossa Bushgardens on Wednesday, June 5.

Starting at 10am and finishing at 2pm, the day will be filled with great arts and cultural activities and plenty of opportunities to engage in cultural learning.

The Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony will be given by Peramangk Custodians Ivy and Anita Campbell.

Cultural storytelling will be explored through arts activities by Marna Dreaming and Uncle Quentin Agius.

The day will further host Barossa primary school singing in Kaurna language, damper making, a Labyrinth trail, tree planting, traditional foods uses, painting, weaving, singing, dancing, Red Centre food tastings, hot soup, camp fire and much more.

Both events are proudly supported by the Barossa Council, Country Arts SA, Regional Development Australia (BGLAP), SA Health, Ferros Care, Barossa Community Services, Barossa Bushgardens, Reconciliation SA and the Barossa Reconciliation Group, which is made up of community volunteers and representatives from local organisations.

Bookings are essential at Eventbrite by searching 'Black Screen' and 'Barossa Reconciliation Week'.