Big, Beautiful and Sexy showgirl and star of theatre musical The Sapphires, Casey Donovan, has joined the line-up of local talent who will perform at the City of Sydney’s biggest-ever NAIDOC Week event at Hyde Park.
Ms Donovan, who was the youngest winner of the Australian Idol series winning the title at just 16 will perform some of her ARIA Award- and Deadly Award-winning songs at the free event, Under the Beach Umbrella – Spirit of the Tent Embassy, on Monday 2 July.
“I’m really excited to be performing in the inaugural City of Sydney’s NAIDOC Week concert in Hyde Park,” Ms Donovan said.
“It’s important we celebrate the champions who fought hard for our rights and to renew the spirit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
“I hope the concert continues to help Australia unite as one country. As we continue to close the gap, we must acknowledge our forbears and learn from their experiences and sacrifices.”
Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said it was terrific Ms Donovan had agreed to join the exciting program of music, food, dance and art at the new NAIDOC Week event.
“Casey is an inspiring young woman who has achieved so much at a young age,” the Lord Mayor said.
“NAIDOC Week is an important celebration of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. It’s a chance for all Sydneysiders to learn more about their wonderful culture and acknowledge their rightful role in our nation’s history and future.”
Ms Donovan will perform from 1.20pm at the Main Stage area at Hyde Park North, while the event will feature three other areas of entertainment, including a Dancestry Circle, a Workshop Area and a dedicated Kidz Zone.
The national theme for NAIDOC Week 2012 is Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 Years On, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy at Canberra.
NAIDOC Week, from 1-8 July, celebrates the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, which grew from the first Aboriginal political groups of the 1920s.