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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Oorala centre ready to mark three decades

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

THREE decades of support for Indigenous students at the University of New England will be celebrated this month in a program that includes art and cooking exhibitions, and live music headlined by 2016 Australia’s X-Factor winner Isaiah Firebrace.

The university’s Oorala Aboriginal Centre is celebrating 30 Years of educational programs in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Over the past three decades, Oorala has expanded from a handful of students to more than 800 enrolled students in 2017.

Celebrations begin on October 18 with the opening of the Oorala Art Exhibition consisting of paintings, photographs, weavings and sculptures by local and regional Indigenous artists.

Open day
A Sunset Opening Ceremony, on the lawns of the Armidale-based university’s Booloominbah centre, will be held on October 23, leading up to the Oorala 30 Open Day on October 31.

Isaiah Firebrace will headline live performances, and other activities will include cooking demonstrations with Indigenous chef Clayton Donovan, shows by the Duval Deadly Dancers, markets stalls, workshops including a weaving circle with Dolly Jerome, a community canvas with artist Lloyd Hornsby, and a flint knapping workshop with UNE archaeologist Mark Moore.

The name Oorala is derived from the UNE region’s Anaiwan language group. It means ‘camp, a place where people come to meet together’.
More details HERE
Isaiah Firebrace will perform at the Oorala centre open day on October 31.

The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way.

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