sydney 2003

anonymous asked:

Srry idk if this is a stupid question but is it ok for white/non aboriginal aussies to call australia day invasion day (aka call it what it is lmao)

Hey! Thanks for the question:

In short, calling Australia Day “Invasion Day” is a 100% okay thing for non-Aboriginal people to do as it is (like you said), calling the day what it is. 

January 26th is a day of invasion, a day of mourning, and a day of remembrance. For non-Aboriginal people to call Australia day by one of these names you are aligning yourself with the Indigenous peoples and acknowledging the faults of the Europeans in their invasion of this land. Do not do this if you have no intention on carrying through with your actions, though. 

Do not call January 26th Invasion day if you intend to celebrate with beer and BBQs and non-Indigenous community events without reflection on the lives lost, communities destroyed, people dispossessed, and children stolen because of European invasion. 

A bit off track but still somewhat relevant to the question: 

If you want to get involved with Indigenous community events on the day and you live in a major city: 

  • Adelaide organises Survival at the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Tandanya, at Semaphore.
  • Canberra invites you to learn about Aboriginal culture and storytelling with dance and music in Commonwealth Park and at Australia Day Festival at the National Museum of Australia.
  • Melbourne holds the Share the Spirit festival in the Treasury Gardens (since 2002), and another Survival Day celebreation in Borthwick Park, Belgrave.
  • New South Wales celebrates the Saltwater Freshwater Festival at 10 rotating locations (Coffs Harbour, Taree, Karuah and others).
  • Perth has an event called Birak Concert (Birak is the Noongar season for December and January; previously called Too Solid) in the Supreme Court Gardens. Survival concerts have been held in Perth since 2000.
  • Sydney celebrates Yabun since 2003. It means “song with a beat” in the language of the Eora, the original people of the Sydney region. The event is held in Victoria Park.

- Zac


Revenge of the Sith | Behind the Scenes | The Jedi Training

In order to prepare for his stunts and the much-anticipated duel between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Hayden Christensen was required to arrive in Sydney back in 2003 three months prior to the Revenge of the Sith filming. He did six hours of sword fighting and another two hours of training — an hour solid of weights and an hour of cardiovascular work. He also had to eat six times a day to bulk up for his role of the fallen Jedi. In the end, he added 11 kilograms to his frame.

The main part of his training constituted of rehearsing his fight scenes with Kyle Rowling (Count Dooku’s stunt double) and Michael Byrne (Palpatine’s stunt double), with whom he practiced for his duel with Obi-Wan. Nick Gillard received his own small camera crew from George Lucas and filmed the entire process as test shoots for the stunts and lightsaber battles in Episode III, which means that Hayden Christensen not only filmed most of his stunts and swordfighting, but also participated in the test shoots and thus became an integral part of the creative process behind the choreography of his own fight scenes.


We’re Going to Be Friends, The White Stripes

Sydney, Livid Festival, October 11th 2003