NAIDOC events happening near you this weekend.
NAIDOC Week is a chance to spotlight the culture, history and achievements of First Nations people.
The 2023 National NAIDOC Week theme is For Our Elders, with the week acknowledging the role First Nations Elders have played in communities and families across generations.
“They are cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors, leaders, hard workers and our loved ones,” NAIDOC said in a statement when announcing the theme.
“Our loved ones who pick us up in our low moments and celebrate us in our high ones. Who cook us a feed to comfort us and pull us into line, when we need them too.”
For non-First Nations people, our role in NAIDOC Week, as always, is to be an ally.
Here’s how you can celebrate NAIDOC near you this weekend:
New South Wales
NAIDOC in the city
On Saturday, July 8, take a stroll through Sydney’s Hyde Park North to experience food, song, art, dance and stories in the heart of the city.
The event runs from 11am-3pm.
NAIDOC Art and Culture at the Maritime Museum
Throughout NAIDOC Week, the Maritime Museum is hosting an art exhibition showcasing First Nations works from Zenadth Kes, Alick Tipoti, as well as a series of portraits of Indigenous servicemen and women by Belinda Mason.
Spirits Of The Land
Spirits Of The Land is a new large-scale digital projection which will illuminate Hamer Hall’s iconic facade throughout RISING and into NAIDOC Week. You can check it out all weekend.
Electric Fields and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
On July 8, Electric Fields return to Hamer Hall for an exceptional encore performance with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, who will perform the duo’s work with their music, including some new songs.
Australian Capital Territory
NAIDOC Week at Arc Cinema
The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is hosting a series of movie screenings in celebration of NAIDOC Week.
Included in the lineup is Warwick Thornton's recent Cannes hit The New Boy, starring Cate Blanchett, Aswan Reid, Deborah Mailman and Wayne Blair.
NAIDOC March and Family Fun Day
On July 7, from 11am–3.30pm, you can join the march from Tarntanyangga to Parliament House and then celebrate at the markets featuring over 40 stallholders.
Yothu Yindi Performance
Yothu Yindi is performing at Hindley Street Music Hall as part of Illuminate Adelaide on July 7.
NAIDOC Week at AGWA
The Art Gallery of Western Australia is hosting a series of workshops, events and readings to celebrate NAIDOC Week.
NAIDOC Week Family Story Time
Join Dr Julie Owen from the Nurrunga and Ngarrendjeri Nations for a special story time and activities at Casuarina Library at 10am on Saturday, July 8.
NAIDOC Week Film Showcase
To celebrate NAIDOC Week, Reconciliation Tasmania is taking the film Ablaze on the road.
The film follows a Yorta Yorta man, opera singer and Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Arts and Culture at the Victorian College of the Arts Tiriki Onus, on a journey to discover if his grandfather Bill Onus was the first Aboriginal filmmaker. Bill was an entrepreneur, performer and activist, being particularly active during the 1967 Referendum.