NAIDOC WEEK

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

NAIDOC 2021 celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year's theme, Heal Country!, calls for us all to continue to seek greater protections for Aboriginal lands, waters, sacred sites and cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

Liverpool has a proud First Nations heritage and history which is why NAIDOC Week holds a special place in our City's calendar. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, NAIDOC Week was celebrated digitally last year. This year, Liverpool City Council is pleased to return to a comprehensive, face-to-face program culminating in a Family Fun Day in Miller.

Smoking Ceremony


EVENT SCHEDULE

The Liverpool City Council Program for NAIDOC Week can be found here

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Film Screening: We Don't Need A Map

DATE: Friday, 9 July 2021
TIME: 8pm
DURATION: 1hr 25 min
TICKETS: FREE but bookings essential
RATING: M15+ 

Brought to you by Screen NSW - NITV - Screen Australia.

This is the story of the hijacking of an Australian icon.

The Southern Cross is the most famous constellation in the Southern Hemisphere. Ever since colonisation it’s been climbed, appropriate and hotly contested for ownership by a radical range of Australian groups. But for Aboriginal people, the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual. And just about completely unknown. For a start, the Southern Cross isn’t even a cross – it’s a totem that’s deeply woven into the spiritual and practical lives of Aboriginal people.

Now one of Australia’s leading filmmakers, Warwick Thornton, tackles this fiery subject head-on in a bold and poetic essay-film. ‘We Don’t Need a Map’ challenges us to consider the place of the Southern Cross in the Australian psyche.

Imbued with Warwick’s cavalier spirit, this is a fun and thought-provoking ride through Australia’s cultural and political landscape.

Click here to learn more about the film

kids and families

ART AND SOLE with Blak Douglas
Suited for ages 5-10
Tuesday, 6 July 2021
11am - 12:30pm
FREE but bookings are essential 
All materials included.


In Art & Sole with Blak Douglas, children will get to create their own graphic designs of the soles’ of their feet. Blak Douglas will teach them the key skills and techniques of graphic design in a fun and engaging environment.

Blak Douglas will use pop culture, Hip Hop to introduce children to ideas of identity.

This is a free workshop but bookings are essential.

Blak Douglas is a modern Aboriginal Artist with a celebrated career now spanning two decades. His work is currently on display at Casula Powerhouse, as part of the LOSS exhibition.


PAINT YOUR STORY with Uncle Kevin
Suited for ages 16+
Friday, 9 July 2021
9:30am - 11am
FREE but bookings are essential 
All materials included.


Come join us at Casula Powerhouse for Stories and Painting Workshop for Naidoc Week with artist and Aboriginal Education Assistant, Uncle Kevin Bulter.  During the workshop, Uncle Kevin will lead participants in a painting workshop. The participants will get to learn from his impressive artmaking skills and will be encouraged to create their own paintings that tell their own story.

This is a free workshop, but bookings are essential.

NAIDOC Week 2021: Heal Country!
25 June - 11 August
Liverpool City Library 

To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2021, Liverpool City Library in partnership with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre presents an exhibition featuring artworks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists collected over the last 30 years through the annual Mil-Pra AECG Art Prize.

The artworks capture this year’s NAIDOC theme Heal Country! encouraging audiences to reflect on the importance of respecting, protecting, and celebrating the culture and Country of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.