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2022 NAIDOC Week events

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The Arnold Bloch Leibler Indigenous Solidarity Network (AISN) has compiled a list of events being held across Melbourne and Sydney celebrating First Nations art, music and culture, as well as advocating for change and justice for First Nations communities.

NAIDOC Week officially commences on Sunday 3 July and runs to Sunday 10 July 2022. During NAIDOC Week, we celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

The week was first celebrated in 1975.  Prior to that, the second Sunday in July was a day of remembrance for First Nations peoples and their heritage.

Each year, during NAIDOC Week, rallies are held across the country advocating for the rights of First Nations peoples. The first of these rallies was staged well before the establishment of NAIDOC, in 1938, when protesters called for full citizen status and equality for First Nations peoples.

This year’s theme is “Get up! Stand up! Show up!” and encourages all of us to champion systematic and collaborative change while celebrating those who have already driven and led change in First Nations communities over generations.

2022 NAIDOC week events

Date

Event details

3 - 10 July
NAIDOC Week Group show

West End Art Space will be showcasing work of First Nations artists throughout NAIDOC week.

Where: West End Art Space, 112 Adderley Street, West Melbourne
Cost: Free

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3 - 10 July
Indigenous Art from the NGV Collection

This broad collection includes familiar masterpieces and new acquisitions by various First Nations artists.

Where: The Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria
Cost: Free

Note: This exhibition is running until 29 January 2023.

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3 - 10 July
For Kin and For Country

This exhibition explores the stories of First Nations people service in the Australian Defence Force.

Where: Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne 
Cost: Free

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1 July,
12:00 - 2:00 pm

In Conversation with Dr. Anita Heiss

Dr. Anita Heiss will launch her new book Am I black enough for you? 10 years on.

Lunch will be provided by the Moroccan Soup Bar.

Where: Queen Victoria Women's Centre, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Cost: $55

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4 July,
7:30 - 9:00 am
 
Future Women celebrates NAIDOC Week 2022 Breakfast Panel

Join an all-women panel discussing the importance of speaking truth to power and putting words into action to ensure a more equitable country for all. The panel event will feature Tanya Hosch (General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy at the AFL), Nerita Waight (Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service CEO), Bridget Cama (lawyer and Co-Chair of the Uluru Youth Dialogue) and Kimberley Benjamin (writer, director and National NAIDOC Committee member).

Where: W Naarm, The Great Room, 408 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
Cost: $130 pp

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4 July,
9:30 am

Flag raising ceremony

The annual Flag Raising Ceremony officially marks the beginning of NAIDOC Week in Victoria.

The event honours the continued connection to culture, country, and language of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with a Smoking Ceremony, Welcome to Country and a moment of silence for those who have gone before us.

Where: Federation Square, Melbourne
Cost: Free

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4 July,
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Film screening: Jasper Jones 

Jasper Jones is the story of Charlie, a teen boy living in a small town in Western Australia. Set in 1969, in the dead of night, Charlie is startled when he is woken by local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones outside his window. Jasper leads him deep into the forest and shows him something that will change his life forever, setting them both on a dangerous journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community. 

Where: Brunswick Library, 233 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Cost: Free

Note: registration is required for this event.

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6 July,
2:00 - 3:00 pm 

Ablaze: Filmmakers Talk for NAIDOC Week

Filmmakers Tiriki Onus and Alec Morgan talk about the making of their documentary Ablaze.

Where: Online
Cost: Free

Note: registration is required for this event.

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7 July,
6:30 pm

Introducing Spinifex Gum

Meet the team behind Spinifex Gum and hear about their journey, hosted by Leila Gurruwiwi (Yolngu woman and cultural awareness advocate).

Where: Iwaki Auditorium, 130 Southbank Bvd, Southbank
Cost: $20

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8 July,
12:00 - 2:00 pm

NAIDOC march

Where: Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, 186 Nicholson St, Melbourne
Cost: Free

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8 July,
10:30 am

RAP launch by Fareshare

This event includes a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony by a Wurundjeri Elder, presentation of the FareShare RAP and custom artwork, and First Nations-inspired nibbles

Where: FareShare Abbotsford, 1-7 S Audley St, Abbotsford
Cost: Free

Note: RSVP is required by 1 July. Email Sam Bliss at sam.bliss@fareshare.net.au

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8 July
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Film screening: Black Divaz

Black Divaz follows the contestants competing in the inaugural Miss First Nations Pageant.
This one-of-a-kind documentary celebrates drag as an art form through the lens of Australian Indigeneity. It sheds light on important social issues surrounding Indigenous politics, queer identity, and overcoming personal tragedies.

Where: Newport Community Hub, 13/15 Mason Street, Newport
Cost: Free

Note: bookings close 12pm on 8 July.

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9 July

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

NAIDOC in the City

The City of Sydney will be celebrating NAIDOC week at Hyde Park North with a day of food, song, art, dance and stories.  The day will begin with a Welcome to Country ceremony and a Calling of the Clans.  There will be theatre shows throughout the day, games and markets among other events!

Where: Hyde Park North, Elizabeth Street, Sydney
Cost: Free

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9 July

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

NAIDOC at the NGV

The National Gallery of Victoria will be celebrating NAIDOC week with a day of free live music (from 12pm), performances, workshops and family friendly activities.  The day begins with a Welcome to Country.

Where: National Gallery of Victoria
Cost: Free

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9 July,
2:00 pm - 3:30pm

Mso + Spinifex Gum

Spinifex Gum will join with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Felix Riebl and Emma Donovan in a symphonic version of a show which is part political and part aspirational, exploring hard-hitting issues of our time, themes of friendship and empowerment, and celebrating what can be achieved when we come together as one.

Where: Hamer Hall, Melbourne
Cost: $55 - $95

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 Ongoing

Art of Incarceration

Launching in NAIDOC Week on Netflix, The Art of Incarceration explores how art and culture can empower Australia's First Nations peoples to transcend their unjust cycles of imprisonment. Seen through the eyes of Indigenous prisoners at Victoria’s Fulham Correctional Centre, and narrated by Uncle Jack Charles (Boonwurring Dja Dja Wurrung), this feature documentary follows the inmates’ quest for cultural identity and spiritual healing as they prepare for life on the outside.

Where: Netflix
Cost: Netflix subscription required

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