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We've got a range of events to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations. It’s about seeing, hearing and learning the First Nations’ 65,000+ year history of this country - which is Australian history. We want all Australians to celebrate that we have the oldest continuing cultures on the planet and to recognise that our sovereignty was never ceded. Always Was, Always Will Be.

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Considering the recent health crisis, Liverpool City Council is pivoting NAIDOC Week to an online program which will include several digital offerings between 9 – 13 November – with NAIDOC Week having moved to 8 – 15 November 2020 from July. The theme for NAIDOC 2020 is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’.

Liverpool City Council has created a program of online activations to honour and celebrate the local Aboriginal Community and the culture that Always Was, Always Will Be a part of Liverpool’s History and future.

The NAIDOC Digital Program will be comprised of a number of community-led, and Council department-led videos. Council service areas such as Casula Powerhouse and the Library have contributed to this program. Content will be released over 5 days throughout NAIDOC week, and include kids’ activities and the popular Library Storytime program, a cooking demonstration, musical performances and talks.


The Online Program for NAIDOC Week will be released on Facebook. Please note that Council will also utilise the Urban Screen in Macquarie Mall to screen footage.

Monday 9 November

11am: Welcome, Mayoral Message and NAIDOC Voices Premiere

Tuesday 10 November

11am: Paul Teerman Story in Language

Wednesday 11 November

2pm: Music performances by ELEEA, Deline Briscoe and Jaydan Lillyist
7pm: THE AUSTRALIAM DREAM online screening (free, bookings essential)

Thursday 12 November

9.30am: IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS online screening (free, bookings essential)
11am: Library Storytime, Performance and Workshop by Gumaroy Newman

Friday 13 November

11am: NAIDOC Community – including a talk on artefacts, weaving, cooking demonstration and instructional workout video by Rhys Wesser, former South Sydney Rabbitoh

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Online Film Screening: The Australian Dream

Wednesday, 11 November; 7pm
Free admission. Bookings essential. (Bookings close at 2pm, 11 November) 

Director Daniel Gordon
Written by Stan Grant
Cast Adam Goodes
Genre: Documentary
Distributed by Madman Films 
Runtime: 106 mins
Rating MA15+

The Australian Dream is a documentary that uses the remarkable and inspirational story of Indigenous AFL legend Adam Goodes as the prism through which to tell a deeper and more powerful story about race, identity and belonging. The film will unpick the events of the 2013-15 AFL seasons and ask fundamental questions about the nature of racism and discrimination in society today. Walkley award-winning writer Stan Grant and BAFTA award-winning director Daniel Gordon join forces to tell this remarkable story of one of the most decorated and celebrated players in AFL history. A man who remains a cultural hero; the very epitome of resilience and survival, who continues to fight for equality and reconciliation.

Online Film Screening: In My Blood It Runs

Thursday, 12 November; 9:30am
Free admission. Bookings essential.

Director: Maya Newell
Genre: Documentary
Distributor: Bonsai Films 
Runtime: 90 mins
Rating: PG

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.

Click here to access the Education Kit for In My Blood It Runs

kids and families

Warami! For NAIDOC Week, Paul Teerman shares a special Dreaming Sttory about the Butu Wugun (Black Crow) and the Wilbung (Magpie).

Click on the images to download a printable version.

art and artists

Koori Floor documentation_Judy Watson

Created in 1994, the Koori Floor covers the 600sq metres of the Turbine Hall of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. The Director, John Kirkman invited Brisbane-based Waanyi artist Judy Watson to design the floor of the Arts Centre.

The Koori Floor is located in the large Turbine Hall at Casula Powerhouse; best viewed and appreciated from the upper level walkway in the Turbine Hall. It was designed to acknowledge the Aboriginal presence on the site that predates the siting of European settlement and the construction and operation of the power station.

Judy Watson worked on the piece with artists who have since gone on to great international acclaim, including Gordon Hookey, Cheryl Robinson, Vivian Scott and Brook Andrew, the new Artistic Director of the Biennale of Sydney. Importantly it was created by contemporary Aboriginal artists engaging with the aspirations, values and stories of Aboriginal people from Liverpool and across the region.

We are excited to announce the restoration of our Koori Floor - a major First Nations public artwork on our Turbine Hall floor by Brisbane based Waanyi artist Judy Watson. Created in 1994 Judy Watson worked on the piece with artists who have since gone on to great international acclaim including Gordon Hookey, Cheryl Robinson, Vivian Scott and Brook Andrew. It is an artwork that is now viewed as internationally significant and is a fundamental part of the heritage of Casula Powerhouse Liverpool. Our building and programs were built on Aboriginal land. Always was, always will be.

We will reopen shortly after NAIDOC week on Monday 16 November.

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Explore works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in our Online Collection.

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is home to a collection of over 1,500 artworks. The focus of the collection is to build a legacy from the creativity and commitment of emerging and established artists and showcase artworks that engage, entertain and challenge audiences across our community.

Our collection reflects the diversity and distinctiveness of Liverpool and the Western Sydney region and features many significant Australian contemporary artists.

Geoff Sellman, Abstract in Trees #5, 2016.

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We're proud to present Wali (Possum-Marsupial) Ritual by Djon Mundine OAM on our Turbine Hall screens when we reopen on 16 November.

Djon Mundine is a proud Bandjalung man from the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. He is a curator, writer, artist and activist celebrated as a foundational figure in the criticism and exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal art.

Wali (Possum-Marsupial) Ritual, 2020 is a new video work produced following the bushfires of 2019 – 2020. Due to loss of habitat in the wild-fires and other de-forestation, nearly three billion native creatures in Australia have died - many will become extinct within our lifetime

Image: Djon Mundine OAM, Wali (Possum-Marsupial) Ritual. 3:20 mins. Courtesy of the artist.This project was made possible through a RAF Relief Grant provided by Regional Arts NSW through the Regional Arts Funds Recovery Boost Program.

Koreena Leverett_If Our Ancestors Could See_2019

The 29th Annual Mil-Pra Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) exhibition and art prize celebrates the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in our region and beyond. Presented at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, the 29th Annual Mil-Pra AECG Exhibition entries are open to a variety of artworks, from painting to ceramics and sculptural pieces by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists of all ages living in both NSW and the ACT.

This year, the Mil-Pra AECG Award of $1500 will be awarded to the artist whose work best responds to the 2020 theme ‘Always was, always will be’.

The exhibition runs from 18 November 2020 - 27 January 2021. Join us for the virtual awards ceremony, which will go live at 2pm on Saturday 21 November. For more info, click here.

Image: 2019 Mil-Pra AECG Award, Koreena Leverett, If Our Ancestors Could see, 2019.