The Australian High Commission (AHC) has held an exhibition event to showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, as part of activities to celebrate National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week 2018.
The NAIDOC week is marked annually in Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is celebrated not just in the indigenous communities but also in increasing numbers of government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces.
This year’s NAIDOC themed “Because of Her, We Can” recognised the essential role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women played as significant role models in the community.
The Deputy Chair of the Australian Board, Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin, who’s areas of expertise include indigenous cultural preservation and identity; mentoring youth through the arts; as well as using arts as a medium for activism and developing national arts management policy, shared her ideas with the arts ministry and other stakeholders in the art industry.
She urged government to establish a vibrant arts and culture board that will be working every day to ensure that the art industry is developed to an expected level that will attract people from all over the world.
Australian Deputy High Commissioner to Ghana, Glen Askew, also touched of the uniqueness of Ghanaian cultures he has witnessed naming the Chale-Wote Festival of Jamestown and Oguaa Fetu Afahye Festival of Cape Coast.
“The strategic location of Ghana on the coast of West Africa is good for arts and tourism, I believe with good marketing strategy of arts industry, branding of culture, improvement on infrastructure at tourist sites and advertising of the traditional regalia like the Kente, will put Ghana on the global market,” he said.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are leading the way by keeping culture strong in their communities, while also showcasing the depth and richness of Australian Indigenous art and stories, contemporary and traditional, across the country and the world.
Art works on display during the event include: Kraal Dance Outfit from Urakarr Zazi; Milton Savage from Waiitatu; Vincent Babia from Zei Sagulaw Mawa; Andrew Passi from Sor Kobir 2; and Torres Strait Masks, which headlined the event; among others.