A RECORD 500 singers will gather at Benowa State Primary School next Friday to sing the national anthem in Aboriginal language as a warm up for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in 2018.
Yugambeh Museum Director, Rory O’Connor, said the Gold Coast Aboriginal community is committed to promoting the culture and language of the region as the Coast prepares for the Commonwealth Games.
“Elders in our community are excited by the chance to sing the national anthem in Yugambeh to a world audience,“ Mr O’Connor said.
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“Friday is part of the journey of getting our community ready to share our language and culture with the wider community.”
The event will kick off at 11.45am with a traditional smoking ceremony followed by the national anthem sung by students from Benowa State Primary School and Benowa State High School.
The performance forms part of The Drumley Walk 2014, an annual 3 day walk organised by Yugambeh Museum to commemorate the journey of Billy Drumley from Beaudesert to Southport to visit family.
The Drumley Walk commences on Wednesday 6th August in Beaudesert, followed by students walking at Mt Tamborine on Thursday and concludes at Benowa State High School on Friday.