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NAIDOC Week: What it is and How You Can Get Involved

NAIDOC Week is celebrated around the country and recognises the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year, NAIDOC week is 7-14 July 2024. 

NAIDOC Week is the perfect time to learn more about the rich history of our First Nations peoples and enjoy the incredible events happening around the country.

Read more: Five Things You Can do Right Now to Support and Celebrate First Nations Culture

What is NAIDOC Week?

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year from Sunday to Sunday. By attending NAIDOC Week events and activities, you’ll support your local First Nations communities, learn about their histories and participate in the celebrations of one of Earth’s oldest living civilisations. 

Everyone living in Australia – including international students – should make an effort during this time (and always) to learn and pay respects to the original owners of this land.

2024 NAIDOC Week theme

Each year, a different theme is picked for NAIDOC Week. In 2024, the theme is Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud. This year’s theme celebrates the ongoing spirit of Indigenous communities and invites all to stand in solidarity, amplifying the voices that have been silenced for so long.

The NAIDOC Week website explains: “Blak, Loud and Proud” encapsulates the unapologetic celebration of Indigenous identity, empowering us to stand tall in our heritage and assert our place in the modern world…

“It invites all Australians to listen, learn, and engage in meaningful dialogue, fostering a society where the wisdom and contributions of Indigenous peoples are fully valued and respected.”

Awards are also given at the annual National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony, celebrating Indigenous Australians’ contributions to improving lives within their communities and beyond, promoting Indigenous issues to the wider public, or demonstrating excellence in their chosen fields.

How can I get involved?

NAIDOC Week is celebrated across the country through local community events. To find some in your area, visit the dedicated events page and type in your postcode. 

To get you started, some exciting events in major Australian city include:

Sydney – NAIDOC Week at Darling Harbour

7 July – 14 July 2024

International students in Sydney can join the NAIDOC Week celebrations in Darling Harbour all week long! Experience a Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony, spectacular NAIDOC-themed fireworks, traditional performances, music and art exhibitions.

Melbourne – Melbourne Central: Clothing the Gaps

5-14 July 2024

Celebrate NAIDOC Week in Melbourne at Melbourne Central with Clothing The Gaps. Explore their exclusive pop-up shop on Level 1 outside Sephora featuring the 2024 NAIDOC collection. Enjoy the iconic Shot Tower illuminated with custom artwork, celebrating Indigenous identity, strength, and resilience.

Brisbane – NAIDOC Week Film Night

7.30pm, 12 July, 2024 | Brisbane Powerhouse

Check out the NAIDOC Week Film Night at Brisbane Powerhouse on Friday, July 12, 2024. Enjoy First Nations cinema with screenings of “Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped In Black)” and “The New Boy.” This event is free or you can give a donation. Register here to attend.

Adelaide – NAIDOC in the Mall

9 July 2024

Head to Rundle Mall in Adelaide for NAIDOC Week festivities! Enjoy live music by Rob Edwards, Australian animal encounters, native food tastings and more. Don’t miss the Kaurna Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony.

Perth – Maar Koodjal

Until 14 July 2024

Enjoy daily First Nations art and interactive cultural experiences. Highlights include weaving workshops, fashion showcases, visual and digital art exhibitions, musical performances, storytelling sessions, and a pop-up market, all celebrating First Nations culture and history. Check out the program here.

Canberra – First Nations Experiences of Democracy Tour

7-14 July 2024

Hear stories of Wiradjuri elders, activists fighting for a voice in Federal Parliament, and Neville Bonner, the first Aboriginal Australian elected to parliament. Visit heritage sites like the Prime Minister’s Office and Senate Chamber. Spaces are still available for the Saturday and Sunday sessions – reserve your spot now!

Darwin – Jacob Ridgeway and Mr Rhodes Concert

10 July 2024

Catch Jacob Ridgeway and Mr Rhodes live in Darwin for NAIDOC Week! These talented musicians from NSW will share their blend of contemporary storytelling and music. Don’t miss this free event from 7pm to 8:40pm. Tickets are free but required for entry – secure yours here!

Hobart – NAIDOC Street March

12 July 2024

Come along to the NAIDOC Street March in Hobart and march with the Palawa Community. The event departs from TAC Hobart, 198 Elizabeth Street, at 12:15 pm on Friday, 12 July 2024. Be a part of this meaningful celebration during NAIDOC Week.