Celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at our national cultural institutions from 2-9 July.

30 June 2017

Highlights include the National Gallery of Australia’s Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial, which showcases a diverse range of works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Featured artist Tony Albert is holding two workshops during NAIDOC week, which encourage the whole family to create art with playing cards and found objects.

The National Library of Australia is commemorating this year’s NAIDOC Week theme Our Languages Matter with a collection talk, presenting some of the earliest written records of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

Get creative with Kalkadoon woman Ronnie Jordan as she shares her skills at the National Museum of Australia’s (NMA) traditional weaving workshop. There is also still time to see the NMA’s Evolution: Torres Strait Masks exhibition, which celebrates the rich and continuing tradition of mask making in Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait).

The National Film and Sound Archive, in association with the NMA, is presenting a screening of Mabo: Life of an Island Man, followed by a Q&A with director Trevor Graham and special guest Gail Mabo. The award winning documentary follows the life of Indigenous Australian land rights campaigner Eddie Koiki Mabo.

Below is the full list of events during NAIDOC Week:

Tuesday 4 July

Wednesday 5 July

Thursday 6 July

Friday 7 July to Saturday 8 July


For more information about NAIDOC Week celebrations around Australia, visit the NAIDOC website.