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Cultural Celebrations

Aboriginal people in the Byron Shire come together to acknowledge several significant days and special events throughout the year.

Byron Shire Council support the celebration of these important cultural events by contributing to an annual program of events.

You can also see previous years' Cultural Celebration events.

Close the Gap Day is about addressing inequalities in Indigenous Health and Life Expectancy.

Each year National Reconciliation Week (May 27- June 3) celebrates the rich culture and history of the first Australians. It's the ideal time for all of us to join the reconciliation conversation and to think about how we can help turn around the disadvantage experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples commemorate January 26 as Survival Day. On Survival Day Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples hold events which promote Indigenous Culture and celebrate cultural survival.

National Sorry Day is commemorated on May 26 each year to acknowledge the Stolen Generations. Celebrations in 2008 marked the 10th Anniversary of the "Bringing them Home Report". In addition, Sorry Day 2008 celebrated the monumental act of Acknowledgement and Apology by the new Australian Parliament that took place on 13 February.

NAIDOC week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week falls in the first full week of July each year.