Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2024 with Cliftons


Posted on July 7, 2024



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Embracing culture and unity

NAIDOC Week, held in the first full week of July each year, is a time to celebrate the rich history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

From July 7th to July 14th, 2024, this year's theme of 'Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud' calls for all Australians to celebrate the unyielding spirit of Indigenous communities.

It's an invitation to listen, learn, and engage in meaningful conversations to foster a society where the wisdom and contributions of Indigenous peoples are fully valued and respected.

Country in Colour by Leah Cummins
Wattleseed yoghurt pots for NAIDOC Week

How Cliftons supports NAIDOC Week

Cliftons recognises we are all part of the journey towards a nation strengthened by celebrating and recognising the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This NAIDOC Week, we're proud to embrace First Nations Cultures across all our venues in meaningful ways.

Culinary Celebration

We're celebrating NAIDOC Week by incorporating native ingredients into our menu offerings to deepen our understanding and appreciation for the rich traditions of Australia's First Nations peoples. Each venue will also select an ingredient to remain on the menu beyond NAIDOC Week, extending our recognition of Indigenous culture throughout the year.

Over the week, you will see (and taste) Mini Quiches (Chorizo, Lorraine, Spinach/Feta) with Tomato and Purslane Relish, Davidson Plum panna cotta with fresh berries, Spinach and Ricotta Rolls with Beetroot and Anise Myrtle Relish and more! Our chefs have used a variety of native ingredients, such as Wattleseed, Pepperberrry nuts, Quandong, Macadamia, and Davidson plum, to create our delicious treats.

Celebrating Indigenous art within our venues

We're also thrilled to showcase our new, original artwork, 'Country in Colour', created by Indigenous artist Leah Cummins. Leah is a proud Mayi (Mayi-speaking tribe) and Kalkadoon woman from North-western Queensland. Leah draws inspiration from her cultural identity and brings stories of her country and people to life in her art. She paints stories of strength for women and children, love of the land, and all her people. The Kalkadoon (also spelled Kalkatungu) people have lived in North-west Queensland for thousands of years, and their country encompasses areas around Mount Isa and Cloncurry.

Here's what Leah shared about the piece:

"Country in Colour " is inspired by the country we grew up on, the interconnectedness we share with our environment, and how the country and land we live on is absorbed into our being and fibres. The variation of colours captures the many different colours and celebrates all the colours on country."

We're excited to feature this bespoke piece on our website and proudly display it in our venues. It's a vibrant celebration of the land and its people, capturing the essence of NAIDOC Week's purpose.

Indigneous artist Leah Cummins

What can you do to support NAIDOC Week?

NAIDOC Week is also celebrated by local community events across Australia. Search for an event here where you can share in the celebrations and build your cultural awareness. Some members of our Sydney office will be taking part in some of these events organised in Sydney's CBD and at The Rocks.

Join us this NAIDOC Week in celebrating the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture, history, and achievements.

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