An official flag raising ceremony, an online exhibition and live performance by Pirritu will be amongst the highlights of NAIDOC Week in Brimbank this year (8-15 November 2020).
NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.
The 2020 NAIDOC Week theme, Always Was, Always Will Be, recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.
The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
Council is holding a range of online NAIDOC Week events that are open to all.
All events are online and at no charge.
Flag raising ceremony
- Sunday 8 November
Lisa Maza, Jacqui Watkins, Eangano Singehebhuye will take part in the Flag raising ceremony.
The Story of Who I am
- Sunday 8 November to 8 December
This project brought together both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and non-Indigenous women to yarn and create an art piece. Participating in a number of online sessions the women reflected on where they come from, who are the important people in their life, and what helps to keep them strong.
Stories from Iso - Storytelling Session with Mandi Barton
- Saturday 14 November, 10.30am via Zoom
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are invited to join Yorta Yorta artist Mandi in this workshop and share your Isolation/lockdown stories of struggles and triumphs through yarning and creative activities. Hear Mandi speak about her artwork 'Healing' in Caroline Springs, and her perspective of First Nations people’s collective resilience during lockdown.
Resonate and In Conversation
- Sunday 15 November, 3pm followed by In Conversation at 3.30pm
Bowery Online Stage Series, Ngiyampaa man and First Nations singer-songwriter Pirritu, aka Brett Lee, brings a mix of indie, pop and roots. Known for his honesty and melodic storytelling, his songs reflect his personal journey and stories of sadness, love and hope. After the performance, stay online for a special In Conversation with Lisa Maza featuring Pirritu.
Children’s NAIDOC Week art packs – Endangered Fauna of Brimbank: Habitats
- Learn about endangered native animals of Brimbank by creating your own diorama habitat. Did you know, long before European settlement, Aboriginal people hunted, fished or gathered their food from the land, rivers and ocean? They were always careful not to take too much and take only what they needed. To receive an art pack, please call 9249 4555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Australian Ballet presents ‘Wilaygu’ Workshops and Performance
- Sunday 8 November to Sunday 15 November
Learn a health and wellbeing dance to make you feel good with the ‘Dance with Wilay’ workshops. There are two videos to choose from, one for juniors and an accessible version with additional options. Enjoy a video performance of ‘Wilaygu Ngayinybula//Possum's Two Minds’, which blends ballet and contemporary dance styles in a fun and thought-provoking story about Wilay (possum in Wiradjuri language) who has two minds. Choreographed by First Nations dancer Ella Havelka.
Visit NAIDOC for more events, links and information.