Virtual NAIDOC Week 2020

NAIDOC Week is an Australian observance lasting from the first Sunday in July until the following Sunday. The acronym NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. It has its roots in the 1938 Day of Mourning, becoming a week-long event in 1975.

Due restrictions for Coronavirus pandemic, Naidoc Week was deferred.

Due the Ring of Steel and numbers of people who can gather together – Victorian National NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations will be held ONLINE from the 8-15 November. This will be a Virtual NAIDOC Week. This post has been updated (twice). Please click “read more” to see new events.


Victoria – Virtual Events

Flag Raising Ceremony
MONDAY 9 NOVEMBER 9.30am – 10.30am

The annual Flag Raising Ceremony officially marks the beginning of Vic NAIDOC Week. See our flags raised and flying high at Federation Square.

This event brings together community to honour the connection to culture, country, and language of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with a Smoking Ceremony, Welcome to Country and a moment of silence for our people who have gone before us.

In partnership with Fed Square, this years event will be streamed live.

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Land, water and fire: the science of a continuous culture
The Australian Academy of Science celebrates NAIDOC Week with a presentation on Land, water and fire: the science of a continuous culture online, on Monday 9 November at 5:30pm. You are invited to join in as they explain how Indigenous knowledge and science of land, water and fire can inform and improve the management of the natural world. Read more here

Pride Night (virtual)
NAIDOC Pride Night

in 2018, The pride night was reborn and brought back to it’s best, proudly becoming an official event on the Vic NAIDOC events calendar, with Victoria being first committee in Australia to officially celebrate the LGBTIQA+ community with a stand-alone event.

This year, past performers will join new performers as they host a high energy, vibrant and fun virtual watch party LIVE, celebrating all things PRIDE


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NAIDOC Week Event ‘Cultural Burning’ Webinar
The University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health

The University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health invite you to their 2020 NAIDOC Event ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ featuring a panel of speakers on Cultural Burning from 11:00 – 12:00pm Friday 13th November 2020. Read more here

THE MARCH (virtual)
Naidoc Week Virtual March

FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER 11.45am start

Virtually walk alongside Aunty Pam and Uncle Jack as they share some of their personal memories, stopping at historic landmarks, reminding us all of the importance and history of why we march. The March streaming will commence at 11:45am from Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) and conclude at Federation Square

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Naidoc Week Community Caberet

SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER 6.30pm – 9.30pm

We’re bringing the cabaret back to it’s original home with a night full of entertainment and community spirit to cap off the week we love so much. Expect music, comedy, and plenty of stories from community recalling some of their memorable moments over the years.

Artists: Register Now

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These are the 5 key events organised by the Victorian Naidoc Week committee.
2020 Naidoc Week Virtual Events

This year’s theme is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’. Make sure you keep updated with this year’s events and resources, which we will be sharing via our eNews, Facebook, and website.


NAIDOC Week 2020
Tyrown Waigana, a Perth based artist and designer, has been named as this year’s winner of the prestigious National NAIDOC Poster Competition for his piece ‘Shape of Land’. To find out more about this year’s artwork and winning artist and to download a digital copy of the 2020 National NAIDOC Poster visit the NAIDOC website. Free printed copies of the poster will be available in coming months via National NAIDOC.

#NAIDOC2020 #AlwaysWasAlwaysWillBe


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(Images and text copyright Victorian Naidoc Week Committee 2020)



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