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Special Australian and International events, festivals, education specific days/weeks and education programs that may be of interest to educators.

Event Date/s

ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018: The Anzac Centenary 2014-2018 commemorates one hundred years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War. Themed curriculum support resources on the ANZAC Centenary are available on this site. For more information about the Anzac Centenary visit www.anzaccentenary.gov.au

1 January 2014 –
31 December 2018

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017: The United Nations has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This year aims to encourage both private and public tourism stakeholders to work together to make tourism a catalyst for positive change. For more information visit www2.unwto.org/tourism4development2017

1 January 2017 –
31 December 2017

National Folk Festival: National Folk Festival: A five-day festival held every Easter in Canberra. It draws together people from Australia and the world to share in songs, dances, tunes, and verses that have flowed through the ages. Music resources focused on the the violin/fiddle are available in the themed curriculum support resources on this site. For more information visit folkfestival.org.au

13 April 2017 –
16 April 2017

Easter: Easter is a time for celebrating new life and the arrival of spring. Based around the Christian story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, Easter is celebrated differently all around the world. Easter-themed resources are available in the themed curriculum support resources section of this site.

14 April 2017 –
16 April 2017

ANZAC Day: ANZAC Day is a national day which commemorates the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. Themed curriculum support resources on the ANZAC Centenary are available on this site, or for more information and education resources about ANZAC Day visit the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Anzac Portal at anzacportal.dva.gov.au

25 April 2017

National Simultaneous Storytime: In 2017, National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) will take place on Wednesday 31 May at 11am AEST. It aims to promote literacy and the value of reading by encouraging more young Australians to read and enjoy books. For more information visit www.alia.org.au/nss

31 May 2017

World Oceans Day: This day encourages young people to take an interest in ocean conservation by ‘Wearing Blue and Telling Two’: wear blue clothes and tell someone two facts about why the ocean is important and requires protection. For more information visit worldoceansday.org

8 June 2017

National Buddy Day: An initiative of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, this day encourages primary schools across the country to celebrate friendship and raise awareness of bullying. For more information visit www.betterbuddies.org.au

15 June 2017

NAIDOC Week: Held each July, NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and recognise the contributions Indigenous Australians make to our country. For more information visit www.naidoc.org.au

2 July 2017 –
9 July 2017

Book Week: Each year the Children’s Book Council of Australia celebrates Children’s Book Week. This is a celebration of Australian Children’s Literature and brings together schools, libraries, booksellers authors, illustrators, parents, teachers and children. During this time the Book of the Year is also announced. The theme for 2017 is ‘Escape to Everywhere’. For more information visit cbca.org.au/cbca-childrens-book-week

18 August 2017 –
25 August 2017

Hearing Awareness Week: Hearing Awareness Week aims to raise community awareness of hearing impairment and how to protect your hearing. For more information visit www.hearingawarenessweek.org.au

20 August 2017 –
26 August 2017

Australian Organic Awareness Month (AOAM): Held every September, AOAM celebrates certified organic products across a diverse range of industries including fresh produce, packaged food and beverages, skincare, cosmetics, textiles, pet food and more. For more information visit austorganic.com

1 September 2017 –
30 September 2017

Australian Citizenship Day: Australian Citizenship Day provides a wonderful opportunity for all Australians to reflect on the meaning and importance of Australian citizenship. For more information, and education resources visit www.border.gov.au/Trav/Citi/Curr/Even/Australian-citizenship-day/Schools

17 September 2017

Remembrance Day: Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War in 1918. It is observed with a minute’s silence at 11am. There are Remembrance Day resources in the themed curriculum support resources section of this site. For more resources visit anzacportal.dva.gov.au

11 November 2017

National Recycling Week: This week aims to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling. For more information and education resources visit schoolsrecycle.planetark.org

13 November 2017 –
19 November 2017

International Day of People with Disability: This is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. For education resources visit www.idpwd.com.au/celebrate/teachers/

3 December 2017

Christmas Day: Christmas Day is celebrated all around the world in many different ways. Although traditionally a Christian holiday, people from all cultures now celebrate Christmas. There are Christmas-themed resources in the themed curriculum support resources section of this site.

25 December 2017

Australia Day: On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. Various Australia-themed resources are available in the themed curriculum support resources section of this site. For more Australia Day resources visit www.australiaday.org.au/education-and-games/

26 January 2018

Winter Olympic Games: The next Winter Olympic Games will be held over 17 days in PyeongChang, South Korea. For more information visit www.pyeongchang2018.org

9 February 2018 –
25 February 2018

Harmony Day: Harmony Day activities and celebrations assist students to understand how people from different backgrounds live together, in harmony. Harmony Day resources are available in the themed curriculum support resources section of this site and on the Harmony Day website www.harmony.gov.au/schools

21 March 2018

Commonwealth Games: The XXI Commonwealth Games will take place on the 4-15 April on Queensland’s Gold Coast. For more information visit www.gc2018.com, or for education resources visit education.qld.gov.au/community/events/commonwealth-games.html

4 April 2018 –
15 April 2018

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018: Contested every four years, the World Cup is one of the most watched sporting events in the world. In 2018, 32 teams will compete in Russia to determine which nation is the world’s best in Football (soccer). For more information visit www.fifa.com/worldcup

14 June 2018 –
15 July 2018