Always Was, Always Will Be. The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week pays homage to the First Nations people who have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. Here is a quick overview of some of the events and celebrations happening this NAIDOC Week. (Image Source: NAIDOC)

By Alexandra Bull | @ally_bull19

National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week is a celebration of the culture, history, and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Typically held earlier in the year but moved to November 8–15 this year, NAIDOC Week is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’, which recognises the First Nations people who have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

Local community celebrations during NAIDOC Week are heavily encouraged, and South Australia has an array of events celebrating NAIDOC Week, which you too can attend.

If you are located in the Adelaide Hills, the Adelaide Hills Council is running an Aboriginal jewellery-making workshop at the Torrens Valley Community Centre on Tuesday November 10, hosted by local Indigenous artist David Booth. For an entry fee of $15, you will be able to make your own Indigenous bracelet or necklace using beads, tiger tail wire crimps and claps.

David Booth is also hosting a traditional art workshop in Norton Summit on Friday November 20, where you can learn all about traditional Aboriginal art (dot art) by creating a community mural.

If you are not the creative type, there are a variety of other celebrations being held all over the city.

Held in numerous areas all over the state, Nunga Screen features an entertaining array of independent films for all ages, from the up-and-coming to established filmmakers. With a variety of films on offer, this film event is dedicated to bringing communities to share in culture. 

Located in Queenstown just 10 minutes from the CBD, the NAIDOC Twilight Celebration is an event suited for families with children aged zero to four to celebrate all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Held on Friday November 13, you will be able to experience a night of food, art, music and so much more at the Kalaya Children’s Centre.

Wanting to do something a little more active with your celebrations? A workshop designed for children aged five and up, the Didge and Dance Workshop for Kids is hosted by David Booth, where you can participate in an interactive dance movement workshop, as well as share stories, games and lots more dancing! This event will be held in Gumeracha on November 16 and in Norton Summit on November 19. Book quickly so you don’t miss out!

‘Reflections: Connecting to Country through Art’ is a collaboration between the University of Adelaide and Wirltu Yarlu Aboriginal Education. The artwork on display in this exhibition has been selected from the University of Adelaide’s wonderful Indigenous art collection by the university’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students. This event is free and running until November 27 in the Ira Raymond Exhibition Room in the Barr Smith Library at Adelaide University’s North Terrace campus.

These are just a few of the celebrations and events that are being held in Adelaide and its surrounding areas throughout NAIDOC Week and the rest of November.

All planned events and gatherings follow physical distancing and hygiene protocols that adhere to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Booking are essential with most of these events, so make sure you head to the NAIDOC website and book in advance so you do not miss out.

Whatever part of Adelaide you are in, there will definitely be a celebration for you to partake in.