NAIDOC Week 2020 events

Always Was, Always Will Be

The theme of NAIDOC Week this year, Always Was, Always Will Be, recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for Australia for over 65,000 years.

There are plenty of ways to celebrate NAIDOC Week this year. We’ve compiled a list of just some of the events and activities going on. Check with your local council or community centre to find out if anything else is happening in where you are.

NAIDOC SA Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony will be broadcast live on Facebook for the wider community viewing and participation.

Mon 9 November 2020 at 10am | via NAIDOC South Australia’s Facebook page.

First Nations Voices | Glen Skuthorpe Band and Tilly Tjala Thomas (just before NAIDOC Week)

Live music returns to Payinthi (Prospect Town Hall) and Club5082 is hosting an intimate event featuring two Aboriginal artists. Ticket includes a complimentary drink.

Fri 6 Nov 7-10pm Payinthi 128 Prospect Road | $15pp

Book here

Nunga Screen | Country Arts SA

Taking place in NAIDOC Week this year, this free event will showcase 13 films across regional South Australia, from town halls, to cinemas to drive-ins. From animation in Nganu and Tjilbruke: A Tale of Two Dreaming Heroes to documentaries to controversy in Mulka Man, Adnyamathanha Elder Roy Coulthard, the last wood carver of the Flinders Ranges who crosses traditional conventions to teach women the art of Mulka wood carving, to courtroom drama in Language Matters to primary school children’s films, each Nunga Screen film has been chosen for its originality, humanity and skill.

Across the films you will recognise well-known names that have paved the way for younger generations including Lillian and Elaine Crombie and Allan Sumner who share their wisdom and strength. Don’t miss FREE event Nunga Screen this year during NAIDOC Week.

  • Sun, 8 Nov at 1pm – Naracoorte Town Hall
  • Mon 9 Nov at 7pm – Hopgood Theatre, Noarlunga
  • Mon 9 Nov at 7pm – Northern Festival Centre, Port Pirie
  • Mon 9 Nov at 7pm – roxbylink Cinema, Roxby Downs
  • Tues 10 Nov 6:30pm – Tandanya (bookings required via website)
  • Tues 10 at 7pm – Club Fleurieu
  • Tues 10 at 7pm – Port Augusta Institute Theatre (bookings via website)
  • Tues 10 at 6pm – Ceduna Memorial Hall
  • Tues 10 at 7pm – Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mount Gambier
  • Tues 10 at 7pm – Port Lincoln Cinema
  • Tues 10 at 6pm – Pink Road House, Oodnadatta
  • Wed 11 Nov 7pm – Marion Cultural Centre
  • Wed 11 Nov 7pm – Burra Town Hall
  • Wed 11 Nov 7pm – Middleback Art Centre, Whyalla
  • Thurs 12 Nov 6:30pm – The Ascot Theatre, Kadina
  • Thurs 12 Nov 6pm – Maree Town Hall
  • Fri 13 No 7pm – Leigh Creek Recreation Centre
  • Sat 14 Nov 6pm – Hawker Institute (bookings online)
  • Sun 15 Nov 1pm – Chaffey Theatre, Renmark
  • Mon-Fri on a loop in café – Gawler Civic Centre

Uluru Statement from the Heart

A thought-provoking event to better understand the Uluru Statement from the Heart by listening to a diverse range of speakers. Hear about how the Uluru Statement came to be, what it seeks, and why it is important. Learn what South Australian Government, the broader community and corporate sectors are doing about the aspirations expressed in the Uluru Statement, see the iconic Uluru Statement from the Heart canvas and receive a printed A4 copy.

Speakers include: Nerida Saunders PSM – ED , Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Department of Premier and Cabinet, David Brown – CE Department for Correctional Services, Kim Cheater – Partner at PwC Australia, Professor Megan Davis – Pro Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Law Centre – University of NSW, Arrin Hazelbane – Senior Aboriginal Policy and Project Officer, Youth Justice Department of Human Services, Jim McDowell – CE, Department if Premier and Cabinet

Tuesday 10-12:30pm – $15 for IPAA members, $30 for non IPAA members | Adelaide Oval or online

Book here

NAIDOC in the Mall 2020

Official Kaurna Welcome to Country ceremony, followed by the official unveiling of this year’s artwork installation by local emerging Ngarrindjeri and Narungga artist Jamaya Branson. Then activities from 11-1:30pm – meet Australian animals with Animals Anonymous, listen to live music from Nancy Bates and Katie Aspel, watch a beading demonstration from local artist Aunty Steph

Tues 10 Nov 10:30-1:30pm | Gawler Place Canopy, Rundle Mall | Free

Aboriginal Jewellery Making Workshop

Join local Aboriginal artist David Booth for a workshop to make your own bracelet and necklace.

Tues 10 Nov 6:30-8:30pm – Torrens Valley Community Centre, Gumeracha | $15pp

Book via Eventbrite here

Aboriginal Art and Craft come and try event | ANTAC Anunangu Ngangkari Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation

Participants will learn and get hands on experience in Traditional Aboriginal Art and Craft techniques, with live music performances throughout the day. Lunch and refreshments provided.

Wed 11 Nov 11am – free | ANTAC – 208 Military Road Henley Beach

More information via Facebook event here

Aboriginal Plant Use Tour at Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Experience an Aboriginal Plant use tour in our beautiful local botanic gardens. Arranged by the City of Prospect council, so will be leaving from there.

Wed 11 Nov 10:30-2pm – $20pp | Meet at Payinthi 128 Prospect Road

Book via Eventbrite here

NAIDOC Week 2020 Community Dance Workshop

Join Aboriginal dancers from the South Australian Indigenous Dance Collective in an interactive dance workshop to try your hand at the culture, dance and movement led by South Australian Aboriginal dancers and celebrate NAIDOC Week 2020 together. Book your place, wear comfortable clothes, bring water and a sense of adventure.

Fri 13 Nov 1-4pm – Free | North Adelaide Community Centre – 176 Tynte St Nth Adl

More information here

Beading workshop with Aunty Steph

Saturday 14 November, 10:30am to 12:30 pm

Book in via Eventbrite

Box Factory Community Centre, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide SA

Multiple Day Events

NAIDOC Week film Screenings

Payinthi, Prospect – 128 Prospect Road | Free

  • Wed 11 Nov 10:30-12pm – In My Blood it Runs
  • Wed 11 Nov 10:30-12pm – Rabbit Proof Fence
  • Thurs 12 Nov 10:30-12pm – In My Blood it Runs
  • Thurs 12 Nov 10:30-12pm – Rabbit Proof Fence

Book online at City of Prospect

Kaurna Art Workshop | Onkaparinga Libraries

Kaurna artist Corey Turner will lead this hands-on art workshop. The workshop includes a Welcome to Country, education on the different art styles of mobs across Australia, and guided painting of a canvas to keep. Wine available to purchase courtesy of Sourc’d Wine and Coffee Bar. All materials provided. $15pp

  • Tues 10 Nov 6:30-9pm – Woodcroft Library
  • Thurs 12 Nov 6-9pm – Noarlunga Library
  • Fri 6 Nov 6-9pm – Aldinga Library

NAIDOC Week Celebrations at Tandanya

Mon 9/11: 12-2pm: Free BBQ & Acoustic Music featuring Nancy Bates | Facebook event here

2pm: Free Weaving Workshop | Facebook event here

Tue 10/11

Wed 11/11:

  • 2pm:  Free Workshop (artform TBC)

Fri 13/11:

  • 4-10pm: TREATY First Nations Music event

A new live music event showcasing SA’s best emerging and established First Nations artists. Confirmed to perform live Darin born and bred rapper J-MILLA, hip hop groups Sonz of Serpent and Dem Mob, rapper RKM aka Rulla Kelly-Mansell, singer/songwriters Tilly Tjala Thomas, MRLN aka Marlon Motlop and Katie Aspel, DJ MoZzi on the decks and MC duties jointly handled by J-MILA and Natasha Wanganeen.

Free tickets via Moshtix here

NAIDOC Week at Dhilba Guuranda | Innes National Park

Innes National Park will be co-managed by the Narungga Nation Aboriginal Corporation (NNAC) and is officially changing its name to Dhilba Guuranda – Innes National Parkthis year, the 50th anniversary of the Park, with official celebrations taking place during NAIDOC Week.

Reflections: Connecting to Country through Art

In a collaboration between University Library and Wirltu Yarlu Aboriginal Education, the artworks on display in this exhibition have been selected by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students from the University of Adelaide’s stellar Indigenous art collection.

Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, North Terrace Campus SA

Exhibition: 26 October – 27 November | Free

Reflections: Connecting to Country Through Art

Port Adelaide Enfield Council have a whole booklet of events for “Nunga Week”, with something on everyday.

City of Port Adelaide Enfield Nunga Week booklet 2020


Online Indigenous Art Market

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is bringing hundreds of Indigenous artists, designers, weavers and carvers from art centres and communities across the country. A diverse range of paintings, textiles, sculptures, decorations and more will be available for purchase online directly from the art centres with 100% of profits going directly to the artists and their communities.

Online Indigenous Art Market

In My Blood It Runs Workplace Screening with Q&A

Documentary screening followed by live Q&A with panellists including members of the film.

Film synopsis: Ten-year-old Dujuan is a child-healer, a good hunter and speaks three languages. As he shares his wisdom of history and the complex world around him we see his spark and intelligence. Yet Dujuan is ‘failing’ in school and facing increasing scrutiny from welfare and the police.

As he travels perilously close to incarceration, his family fight to give him a strong Arrernte education alongside his western education lest he becomes another statistic. We walk with him as he grapples with these pressures, shares his truths and somewhere in-between finds space to dream, imagine and hope for his future self.

Tues 10 Nov 2-4:30pm | $8pp with min 25 people, $10pp with min 10 people, or GA $13.23

Link to Eventbrite registration

Virtual Tour Collection: NAIDOC at the National Portrait Gallery

Celebrate our First Nations Identity for NAIDOC with the National Portrait Gallery collection from the comfort of your own home. Under the 2020 theme Always Was, Always Will Be with April Phillips, Wiradjuri/Scottish educator of the Galari peoples. Always Was, Always Will Be recognises occupation, stories, and resilience. We acknowledge collective communities and the individuals who contribute as leaders of our nation.

When: 12.30-1pm Tuesday 10 November, delivered over Zoom. Book your free spot through our website and we will email you with a link and instructions on how to connect with us using Zoom closer to the time: book here.

Multicultural Cooking Class

Cooking Lemon Myrtle Berry Cake (ingredients you’ll need are listed in link below)

Fri 6 Nov 10:30-11:30am | Free

Link to multicultural cooking class

NAIDOC Week – Always Was, Always Will Be First Nations Storytellers in Conversation

Hear from three celebrated contemporary First Nations storytellers; Claire G. Coleman, Nardi Simpson & Jeanine Leane in conversation with Daniel Browning.

Mon 9 Nov 6:30-7:30pm | Free

Always Was, Always Will Be – First Nations Storytellers in Conversation


Virtual Indigenous Film Festival – NAIDOC Week

11th November – 15th November 2020

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia to celebrate 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.

FanForce TV presents a collection of award-winning Australian films which will premiere throughout the week followed by live Q&As with special guest speakers
including filmmakers, community leaders, professors and more to share, reflect
and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tradition.

NAIDOC Week Film Festival Line Up:

  • In My Own Words – 11th November 7pm AEST
  • The Song Keepers – 12th November 7pm AEST
  • The Flood – 13th November 7pm AEST
  • Wik Vs Queensland – 14th November 7pm AEST
  • Westwind: Djalu’s Legacy – 15th November 7pm AEST

All Access Festival Pass available