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National Reconciliation Week at the Melbourne Quarter

This inner-city precinct is celebrating First Nations culture with a week of free events, including a design showcase, live music and weaving workshops.
By Orlaith Costello
May 25, 2023
By Orlaith Costello
May 25, 2023

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In celebration of National Reconciliation Week, Melbourne Quarter will be showcasing the work and stories of First Nations creatives, businesses, and individuals.

From May 30–June 1, the lobby at One Melbourne Quarter will play host to a market stall pop-up showcasing threads and homewares from celebrated First Nations businesses, retailers and creatives. Meanwhile, the lobby at Two Melbourne Quarter will feature a captivating lobby installation of remarkable weaving pieces curated in partnership with Ngali, a First Nations fashion retailer. Some of the woven pieces were recently been featured at Afterpay's Australian Fashion Week in Sydney.

Be immersed in the art of weaving led by First Nations artists. These three weaving workshops delve into the diverse applications of First Nations' weaving, including jewellery making, headwear, and basket weaving. This series offers limited spaces, so be sure to register on the website.

Experience the transformative power of art at Gunpowder Walk, where the work of Alinta Koehrer takes centre stage with this year's art mural. Alinta, an up-and-coming artist and young Woi-Wurrung Wurundjeri and Yorta Yorta woman infuses the space with her unique artistic vision —  her mother, Simone Thomson, contributed to the National Reconciliation Week art mural for Melbourne Quarter in 2022.

Sergy Boy will be recognising National Reconciliation Week by offering First Nations beverages during its happy hour specials on June 1, from 4–7pm. Explore the flavours of Jarrah Boy, brewed on Kabi Kabi country in Queensland by founder Dale Vocale, a proud Monero Ngarigo man from East Gippsland, Victoria. Or sip on Sobah Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Australia's first non-alcoholic craft beer company founded by Dr Clinton Schultz, a proud Gamilaraay man from Queensland. Live music will enhance this vibrant atmosphere.

Join Melbourne Quarter in celebrating National Reconciliation Week, as it honours the rich tapestry of First Nations cultures and contributions that enrich the community.


Images: Melbourne Quarter

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