Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Minister Curtis Pitt today encouraged Brisbane residents to head along to Musgrave Park for the annual NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day on Friday July 9 and Saturday 10 July.

“The Musgrave Park Family Fun Day, celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year, has become a signature event on the NAIDOC calendar,” Mr Pitt said.

“And for the first time, this year’s celebrations will extend over two days with the Family Fun Day on Friday and a NAIDOC all-day concert on Saturday,” he said.

“The Family Fun Day is a fantastic day, jam-packed with traditional dance and music performances, art and craft, amusement rides and food and refreshment stalls including bush tucker.

“On Saturday, concert-goers will be treated to a range of performances from well known artists such as Jessica Mauboy, Busby Marou, Muph & Plutonic, Urthboy and The Medics.

“Musgrave Park is a great place for this celebration because it holds a special place in Aboriginal culture as the area was once ceremonial and is the site of a buried bora ring, which is sacred to Traditional owners,”

Mr Pitt said NAIDOC week is a wonderful opportunity for all Queenslanders to come together to celebrate the rich, unique and vibrant cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“They also aim to build stronger Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by enhancing the value of cultural beliefs of individuals and fostering an environment that empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders to be proud of who they are and where they live,” he said.

“That’s why the Queensland Government is delighted to contribute $70,000 in sponsorship for this year’s event, bringing the total in sponsorship funding for the celebration to $339,000 since 2007.”

NAIDOC Week 2011 runs from Sunday 3 July to Sunday 10 July 2011 with the national theme for 2011 ‘Change – the next step is ours.’

The Musgrave Park Family Fun Day will run from 9am until 5pm on Friday, 8 July and the NAIDOC Concert will run from 10am until 10pm on Saturday, 9 July.

Musgrave Park is located between Cordelia, Edmonstone and Russell streets, South Brisbane.