What's on in NAIDOC week

It's NAIDOC week—and this year's theme is Because of Her We Can, honouring, in particular the mothers, grandmothers, sisters and aunties who have birthed, shaped and upheld our communities. Several of the major performing arts companies are staging special works or presentations to mark the week.

What's on in NAIDOC week



Over the course of the week Bangarra will be releasing a series of interviews from different dancers as they share the stories of the important women in their lives.

Jasmin Sheppard: https://youtu.be/FIZrB2zSPZ8
Yolanda Lowatta:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmMnYiahr8M

They also celebrated with a free, post-show In Conversation event afterDark Emu during the week at Sydney Opera House.

Cathy Cragie moderated a discussion between Artistic Director Stephen Page and author Bruce Pascoe on the big themes raised byDark Emu, across culture, agriculture, technology and colonisation.


Belvoir are opening up applications for their 2018 Balnaves Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship an evolution of the Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright Award.

In 2018 the Award is taking an exciting new shape and will now become a fellowship, which will see the winner given the opportunity to work within Belvoir in 2019 as a resident artist and receive $25,000 over a year-long period to create their new work. Also in 2018, the award will broaden to also encompass directors who can drive the creation of a new, Indigenous-led, stage work, whether that be a new play, an adaptation or through a devised process.


Black Swan's Skylab rehearsals coincide with NAIDOC Week,Skylab is the first play written by Melodie Reynolds-Diarra, a proud Wongutha, Nadju woman from Western Australia. Melodie is a WAAPA graduate, first appearing inNo Sugar at Belvoir St and most recently appeared in highly successfulBlack is the New White for Sydney Theatre Company.

During their Skylab season, they will have a pop-up museum featuring some incredible items on loan from Esperance Museum including an actual piece of the space station on loan from WA Museum. There will also be a special discussion on Thursday 30 August at 6pm reflecting on this memorable event.


Malthouse are currently presenting Nakkiah Lui’s highly lauded productionBlackie Blackie Brown: the Traditional Owner of Death from 5—29 July.


Last week Queensland Theatre toured My Name is Jimi to Bamaga as part of the 2018 NPA Cultural Festival - Keep The Flame of Culture Burning. This week for NAIDOC they will be sharing across social media the episodic journey and experience for the cast and creatives to be part of this festival and perform Australia’s first mainstage Torres Strait Islander production in front of 900+ community members.

Follow TAB dancer @ellahavelka throughout the week and read her latest blog to find out what #NAIDOC2018 means to her (www.ellahavelka.com/blog ) #becauseofherwecan