Lockhart River celebrated the launch of a hip hop video Healing Spirit, featuring young people from the community, on May 16 - 18.
Apunipima’s Health Promotion and Tackling Smoking Healthy Lifestyles teams, working in partnership with Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) Indigenous Program Development Unit, commissioned Indigenous Hip Hop Projects to create music videos with the Lockhart River and Aurukun communities during 2014.
Young people from Lockhart River attended a series of hip hop workshops in January this year. Facilitated by Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, the workshops saw the young people explore culture, community and health and write and perform their track Lockhart River Love Song for the Indigenous Hip Hop crew’s cameras.
Aurukun workshops will take place in April with the video due to be launched in July.
Advanced Health Worker - Tobacco and Healthy Lifestyles Gerrald Lasserre said the Lockhart River community loved every minute of the production process and the launch was a great success.
‘The project would not have happened without the tremendous support of Indigenous Hip Hop Projects and the Lockhart River community,’ Mr Lasserre said.
‘The video captures young people’s singing and dancing talents as well as their messages on smoking, exercise, the importance of culture and their affection for Lockhart River. The song is a real celebration of local creativity and culture.’
The launch took place over three days (starting 16 May) and included a Welcome to Country, Traditional Indigenous Games, cultural activities and a disco.