NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginies and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields.

Activities take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week in the first full week of July.

  Kadoo by Natalie Bateman
Waverley Library

This collection of paintings is about Natalie’s connection to her grandmother’s country on the far South Coast of NSW and understanding the importance of returning to this place. They are about Natalie’s connection to country and are a way to honor her Nan, Murial Stewart as a remarkable proud, strong Aboriginal Woman that belongs to the Yuin Tribe of the South Coast.

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  Dharawal Language Workshop
Monday 4 July, 3 - 3.30pm
Waverley Library

This workshop is designed for primary school aged children 6-12 years.
Join us for this special NAIDOC and School Holiday opportunity to learn a variety of words, sayings and songs in Dharawal language. This session will be hosted by cultural educators from the Gujaga Foundation.

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The Tracker Film Screening
Friday 8 July, 10am - 12pm
Waverley Library

When a white woman is murdered in 1920s Australia, a police officer (Gary Sweet) ventures into the outback with a small crew in search of the Aboriginal fugitive (Noel Wilton) accused of the crime. In his group are a newcomer to the country (Damon Gameau), an old sage (Grant Page) and an Indigenous tracker (David Gulpilil, NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Winner) who is not fully trusted by the racially prejudiced officer. As the pursuit through this dangerous territory drags on, tensions begin to rise between the crew members.

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NAIDOC at Centennial Parklands
This event has been cancelled due to wet weather. The event will be rescheduled later in the year.

Join our special NAIDOC event as we celebrate history, culture, and achievements of our First Nations peoples.  Witness an immersive smoking ceremony and welcome, storytelling and dance performances by Warada Dance Group and Brolgas Dance Company. At the closing of the event, join our Education Rangers on a guided spotlight tour of Lachlan Swamp or have a yarn around the campfire.
Proudly delivered in collaboration with Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils.

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I Liked It...But
Thu 7 – Sat 9 July, 7.30pm
Sun 10 July, 5pm
Bondi Bowlo, Bondi  

Naarm-based Joel Bray is a proud Wiradjuri dancer and performance-maker who performed with European companies and choreographers and with Chunky Move.
I Liked It, But… (I Didn’t Know What the F#!k it was About) goes where few ‘experimental contemporary immersive performance’ works dare to tread – out of the theatre and into the bar, to see what passes the ‘pub test’.

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The Nib Presents: Ellen Van Neerven in conversation with Luke Patterson
Friday 8 July, 6 - 7.30pm
Waverley Library

The Nib is thrilled to partner with Red Room Poetry to present Ellen van Neerven, one of Australia’s most dynamic and acclaimed young storytellers, as they share their poetry and discuss their work and experience as the 2021 Red Room Fellowship recipient with poet Luke Patterson.

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Bondi Aboriginal Walking Tour with Walangari  Karntawarra
Friday 15 July, 10-11.30am
North Bondi Diggers and Golf Tower - Corner of Blair St and Military Rd, North Bondi, NSW 2022

Join Walangari Karntawarra for an Aboriginal walking tour around Bondi’s coastline. See some of our most famous locations and learn about how the First Peoples utilised the areas bountiful resources and the fascinating history of the area. The walk is a gentle, one and half hour, downhill journey, stopping at points of interest along the way.

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  Indigenous Music Appreciation Class
Friday 29 July, 3.30-4.30pm
Waverley Library  

The Music Appreciation Class will be celebrating Indigenous music and culture. Our qualified musicologist, who has training from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, will be giving an informative talk about Indigenous culture, music, and rights.

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