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School holiday fun in the Redlands

Comics and cartooning, movie-inspired fun and local Indigenous culture headline a jam-packed program of events on offer for kids across the Redlands these school holidays.

Redland Mayor Karen Williams said Council was again offering an extensive program of free events and activities over the next two weeks designed to engage and inspire young people of all ages.

“Redland Libraries, Redland Art Gallery and IndigiScapes have a fantastic line-up of activities on offer these school holidays, with events for environmental enthusiasts, bookworms, aspiring artisans, tech buffs and more,” she said.

“Sample bush tucker, try Indigenous dance and art, and hear the stories of our Traditional Owners at Seek, Unearth, Explore Quandamooka Country, a free family fun day at IndigiScapes on Friday 1 July.

“At the libraries, kids can find Nemo and Dory, make a Lego maze, design and create a smartphone case using a 3D printer, and demonstrate their superhuman hearing abilities during Roald Dahl Day, which coincides with the release of The BFG film.

“From squishy circuits to sticker art, electronics to holiday rhyme and storytime, there’s something for everyone.”

Cr Williams said Redland Art Gallery’s school holiday program included a workshop held in conjunction with their exhibition Gathering Strands, on display at the gallery until 24 July.

“Some of our exhibiting Indigenous artists will host a workshop for kids to learn their craft and weave natural fibres,” she said.

“They can also craft polymer clay creations or create a cartoon character with award-winning cartoonist Phil Judd, while teens can enjoy a zine-making workshop hosted by comic enthusiast Jeremy Staples.”

Activities in the Redland City Council school holiday program are free of charge. Click here for event details and booking arrangements.

Families can also enjoy a thrilling circus escapade of CIRCA – Carnival of the Animals, super sparkly fun at The Fairies – Let’s Party Tour or a heartwarming, bilingual early-years theatre experience at I See You at the Redland Performing Arts Centre,

Redlands Indigenous showcase

National Reconciliation Week will be celebrated in the Redlands with an entertaining short-film festival at the Cleveland library.

The free showcase of indigenous culture will run daily at 10am, noon and 2pm throughout National Reconciliation Week from Tuesday 27 May to Tuesday 3 June.


The week offers a great opportunity to learn more about indigenous life and culture and I hope our short-film festival will help residents do that in an entertaining and interesting way.

A festival highlight will be Dennis Simmons’ Ace of Spades, based on an Aboriginal folklore story that is known throughout West Australia’s Nyoongar country.

For some song and dance, check out Blackbuster, a delightful romance centred on a bashful teenage boy and a publican’s daughter.

The festival also includes Yolngu Guya Djamamirr, The Caretaker, Who Paintin’ dis Wandjina? and Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun.

All the films are rated G or PG. Call the library on 3829 8770 for more details.

You also can join Quandamooka Dreaming’s Sandra Delaney from 11.30am on Sunday 1 June at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, for a talk about her new book, which is loaded with Dreamtime tales and stunning art.

Dates to celebrate

26 May – National Sorry Day: This day is commemorated each year since 1998 to acknowledge the Stolen Generations, indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and communities. Information: www.nsdc.org.au.

27 May – National Reconciliation Week: National Reconciliation Week, which continues to 3 June, celebrates the rich culture and history of the first Australians. Information: www.reconciliation.org.au. The opening day on 27 May also marks the anniversary of the 1967 referendum where Australians voted overwhelmingly to amend the Constitution to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

3 June – Mabo Day: The High Court, in a historic judgement delivered on June 3, 1992, accepted the claim from Eddie Mabo and the other claimants that their people had occupied the island of Mer before the arrival of the British. Information: www.mabonativetitle.com

4 July – Native Title: The anniversary of the rulings giving the Quandamooka people land rights over more than 98 per cent of North Stradbroke Island. The native title agreement acknowledges the Quandamooka people as traditional owners of North Stradbroke, Peel, Goat, Bird, Stingaree and Crab islands and surrounding waters of Moreton Bay.