Djirri Djirri Dance Group / Lauren Hutchinson
Image courtesy Djirri Djirri Dance Group / Lauren Hutchinson

NAIDOC Week 2020


Always Was, Always Will Be

NAIDOC Week is a time for recognising the achievements, culture, heritage and stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year's theme is 'Always Was, Always Will Be', and it encourages us to explore the meaning of these words as a nation – to acknowledge our shared history and to look to the future.

ACMI will be celebrating NAIDOC Week with several events to be revealed in coming weeks, and we are excited to announce that we will be featuring the Djirri Djirri Dance Group. Djirri Djirri, the only female Wurundjeri dance group, are Traditional Custodians of Melbourne, and they perform traditional dances and songs in Woiwurrung language. As part of NAIDOC celebrations we are also excited to reveal that we will be featuring a special in conversation event featuring iconic writer/directors Tony Briggs and Tracey Rigney.

ACMI acknowledges the Traditional Owners, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, on whose land we meet, share and work. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.



8–15 Nov 2020

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Big Mob Brekky

The first all-Indigenous breakfast show

We meet the hosts, Shahni Wellington and Ryan Liddle, a few days before making TV history to talk cooking segments, NAIDOC Week celebrations and to find out what’s on their screens.

Ryan Liddle and Shahni Wellington - hosts of Big Mob Brekky - SEO

Artist spotlight

The futurist First Peoples artworks of Jarra Karalinar Steel

For NAIDOC week, we teamed up with local artist, Jarra Karalinar Steel, to create a digital art piece to celebrate the week and the theme “Always was, Always will be”.

Jarra Karalinar Steel

NAIDOC Week Education Resources

Explore our film and TV resources to explore works that will build knowledge and understanding about First Peoples' culture and perspectives.

Education: NAIDOC Week 2021
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