Students gather for NAIDOC session
NAIDOC Week celebrations are in full swing across the Central Highlands with a special celebration concert tonight.
JAM, Join Australian Music, is back in the Central Highlands and is holding the concert as part of the celebrations which will continue through to Sunday.
This week the group is in Emerald, Capella and Clermont for the Central Highlands NAIDOC Week and JAM project manager Michael Thomas said there will also be music workshops, art classes and next Sunday, a family fun day in addition to tonight’s concert.
“As part of this week, we’ve organised a concert with visiting and local musicians as well as students we’ve been working with,” he said.
“It’s an opportunity for people to get together and play some music and celebrate the cultural diversity of the Central Highlands region.”
There will be a stage set up with a great sound system and lights for students and local musicians to utilise, Michael said.
“It’s a platform to showcase local musical talent and for the community to get together and celebrate our cultural heritage,” he said. “Come ready to get involved with indigenous music and get a broader understanding of local talent.”
JAM is travelling throughout the Central Highlands on a three-week tour, performing concerts for communities and workshops for school kids, youth and adult community groups along with seniors.
The Queensland-based crew of professional musicians began the tour in Woorabinda with a community concert on July 17 and at the weekend they attended Anlgicare’s Momentum camp to work with disengaged youth.
“We are trying to blanket the Central Highlands and offer the JAM experience to every age and demographic,” Michael said. “Part of the reason we are up here is to develop new music groups and offer a platform for local musicians to play.