What is NAIDOC Week About?

What is NAIDOC Week About?

Australia invites all Australians to celebrate NAIDOC Week. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. The rich history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are recognized and celebrated during this week. 

NAIDOC Week 2020

NAIDOC Week is indeed a great opportunity to appreciate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of Australia.  Everyone is encouraged to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses and donate to social enterprises and charities related to them.

Theme:

The theme for the NAIDOC Week 2020 is “Always Was, Always Will Be.”  This theme recognizes that First Nations people have occupied and cared for the Australian continent for over 65,000 years.

Date:

The NAIDOC Week falls in the first week of July that incorporates the second Friday.  The second Friday of July has been celebrated as the “National Aboriginal Day.”  However, this year it will be celebrated from November 8 – 15, as a result of the global pandemic situation. 

Events:

As with many events in 2020, a majority of NAIDOC Week 2020 events took place online due to the on-going pandemic situation.  Talks, art exhibitions and markets are scheduled to be held across the country during this week.  Here are some of the events which took part in the celebration of the NAIDOC Week;

1. Virtual Indigenous Film Festival (Nov 11 – 15)

The FanForce TV hosted its second virtual indigenous film festival featuring the following five films focused on indigenous stories;

  • In My Own Words
  • The Song Keepers
  • The Flood
  • Wik vs Queensland
  • Westwind: Djalu’s Legacy

2. Club Fringe X Yirramboi: Opening Night Party (Nov 12)

Club Fringe’s opening night party included an all-First Nations line-up including some of Melbourne’s best independent talent.

3. Dance Rites 2020 (November 11 – 14 and 21)

The Sydney Opera House’s First Nations dance competition has returned for its sixth year.  The competition starring more than 350 performers, represented different generations, nations and groups.  Close to 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance groups were to compete in this year’s festival.  The finals are to be aired on November 21.