The Message Stick Vehicle at Moonlight Cinema

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In the prelude to NAIDOC week nationwide, Port Douglas will host its first NAIDOC celebrations with an outdoor movie screening of the nationally recognised documentary: The Message Stick Vehicle. Produced by local film-makers Michael Butler and Samantha Martin The Message Stick documentary has been broadcast on the ABC, NITV, AUSTAR and Emirates Airlines.

The Moonlight Cinemas and QT Resort in Port Douglas will host the NAIDOC film night as part of the launch of The Message Stick Vehicle arriving in Port Douglas and Mossman. The film will screen on Tuesday 2nd of July 2013 (last Tuesday of the school holidays). The cinema opens at 6.00 pm and the film starts at 7.30 pm.

The evening will begin with a welcome to country and an Indigenous performance by the Mossman Gorge dancers. Traditional artists will also be painting the final artwork on the vehicle.  The evening will be full of visual adventures and entertainment and a memorable cultural experience for locals and visitors alike.

A celebration where you can sit back under a billion stars, relax and immerse yourself in an expedition that celebrates the beauty of outback Australia and three very different people taking a journey to discover our Indigenous cultures.

About The Message Stick Vehicle documentary;

The identity of The Message Stick Vehicle has been fashioned by extremely important Aboriginal Elders, Artists and performers. The Message Stick Vehicle is a modern day motorized version of a Message Stick, which re-enacts a 50,000year old story of message sticks that travelled from one tribe to another passing on important messages.

The Message Stick vehicle has embarked on an enormous journey throughout Australia, the vehicle’s first journey was as an Army Ambulance in the Vietnam war and it’s second journey had transformed the visual of the vehicle as it travelled around Australia for the past 17 years into a motorized art gallery.

World ambassadors such as Nelson Mandela, Gough Whitlam, Jack Thompson, Evonne Goolagong Cawley have also endorsed this educational project and our most recent Australian ambassador added to the vehicle has been Ian Thorpe’s hand prints as Ian Thorpe has done incredible work throughout small remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

Food and beverages will be available on-site, beanbags @ ½ price and don’t forget to bring chairs, rugs and an adventurous heart.

Tickets          on line at www.festivalupnorth.com or purchase tickets at the door

$10      Youth (5 to 16)

$15      Adult 17+

$10      Age & Disability Concession

$40      Family (2 adults 2 youth)

$100    Groups of 10