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Gum leaves are laid on the cobblestones as part of a smoking ceremony at Fed Square

NAIDOC Week at Fed Square

First Peoples
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First Peoples


7-14 July
Various times


Main Square
Swanston St Forecourt
Koorie Heritage Trust
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia


Lift access
Wheelchair accessible

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This NAIDOC Week, celebrate First Peoples culture and histories at Fed Square, with free activities and events. This year’s theme is ‘Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud.’

The fire represents the enduring strength and vitality of First Peoples cultures, passed down through generations, despite the challenges faced. It is a symbol of connection to the land, to each other, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

‘Blak, Loud and Proud’ encapsulates the unapologetic celebration of First Peoples identity. This theme calls for a reclamation of narratives, an amplification of voices, and an unwavering commitment to justice and equality.

Explore the full NAIDOC Week program of free events and activities below.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island flags are waving in the wind on flag poles in front of a blue sky
Flag Raising

8 July, 8.30am-9.30am | Swanston St Forecourt

The annual VIC NAIDOC Flag Raising Ceremony officially marks the beginning of NAIDOC Week in Victoria. It brings members of the community together to publicly commemorate the importance of NAIDOC week.

Koorie Youth Flick Festival

9–11 July, 12pm | Big Screen

Experience the power of storytelling and celebrate First Peoples culture at the Koorie Youth Film Festival. The winning films will be shown on the Big Screen at Fed Square during NAIDOC Week.

NAIDOC in the City

12 July, 3pm–6pm | Main Square

Enjoy this free, inclusive event, with a stellar line-up on the main stage including Briggs and The Deans of Soul, bring the family for arts and crafts, shop at a makers’ market and enjoy delicious food at NAIDOC in the City following the NAIDOC march.


12 July, 3pm-6pm & 13 July, 10am-3pm | Main Square

KHT is partnering with Aboriginal Melbourne, City of Melbourne and Fed Square to present a First Peoples Market of over 25 stalls, showcasing art, craft, design, fashion and more – as well as free workshops facilitated by First Peoples creatives.

KHT Celebrates NAIDOC Week

Make a Mini Bunjil

9 July, 2pm-4pm | KHT, Level 3

Join Jasmine-Skye in this free workshop to make a beautiful, small eagle to represent Bunjil.  Bunjil is a Creator Spirit and Ancestral Being that takes the form of the Wedge-Tail Eagle to some of the people of the Kulin Nations.  You’ll get to learn about the story of Bunjil and then use natural materials to craft your own bird to take home.  This workshop is Mob and Ally-friendly.

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Mini Marngrook Workshop

11 July, 11am-2.30pm | KHT, Level 3

As part of NAIDOC 2024, mob are invited to join Jasmine-Skye in a free workshop to make a small scale marngrook from possum pelt.  You’ll be guided through the techniques to create a satisfying cultural object to take home.

This will be a culturally safe space to learn, make, share and connect.  All materials and tools will be provided.  This workshop is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People only.

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Family Tour with KHT & NGV

13 July, 11.30am | The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Meet at Information Desk, Ground Level

Families and children of all ages can celebrate NAIDOC Week and join KHT and NGV to journey across Fed Square in this tour visiting both galleries. Start the morning off at NGV where you will join NGV Curator of First Nations Art, Michael Gentle and Wadawurrung artist Deanne Gilson to explore First Nations artworks in the NGV Collection. Then head over to KHT to discover artworks by the late Josh Muir as part of the soon-to-end exhibition JXSH MVIR FOREVER I LIVE before learning about some of the important cultural objects in KHT’s Collection. End the tour with an afternoon tea at Koorie Heritage Trust where you will be free to explore the NAIDOC Market and make yourself a Deadly Bracelet or paint a gum leaf.

Free, but bookings are required.

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ACMI Celebrates NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week Shorts

9 July, 7.30pm | ACMI

From Boorloo to the misty scrub of Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country, ACMI’s NAIDOC Week film program presents six short films on Blak resilience and excellence.

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Morning tea and movie for Elders

10 July | ACMI

On Wednesday 10 July, we’re inviting First Nations Elders and carers from Aboriginal Community Elders Services (ACES) to ACMI for a special visit.

If you are a First Nations Elder and would like to attend, please contact Gavin Somers via email at gavin.somers@acmi.net.au or call us (03) 8663 2200.

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia Celebrates NAIDOC Week

Welcome to Country

13 July, 11am-11.30am | The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Ground Level

Join Wurundjeri Elder, Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin AO for a Welcome to Country on the Ground Level of NGV Australia to begin NAIDOC Week NGV Celebrations. Stay to listen to Aunty Joy read her children’s picture book Welcome to Country.

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Bogong Moth Activity with Deanne Gilson

13 July, 12pm-4pm | The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Ground Level

A drop by art-making activity for all ages led by Wadawurrung artist Deanne Gilson. Visitors can join Deanne and her niece Indigo Harrison in the foyer for a workshop focusing on the flight of the Bogong moth.

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Yidaki and Dance Performance by Amos Roach & The Murrundaya Yepengna Dance Troupe

13 July, 1pm-1.30pm | The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Ground Level

Emersed amongst artworks from Wurrdha Marra, join NGV Australia inside the exhibition for a performance of Kulin songs and dance choregraphed by Amos Roach and performed by The Murrundaya Yepengna Dance Troupe.

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Sophie Honess Artist Talk

13 July, 1.45pm-2.15pm | The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Level 3

The Country Road + NGV First Nations Commissions is a biennial mentorship and exhibition program that pairs emerging Australian First Nations artists and designers with an esteemed industry mentor across each state and territory.

Over the past year, artists involved in the commission and mentorship program have used the opportunity to expand or refine their artistic paths. Sophie Honess, a Gomeroi Yinarr artist residing and creating on Gamilaroi Country in Tamworth, New South Wales, embraced the task of interpreting her ancestral land through her textile and weaving artistry. Her latest endeavor involved working with wool to create her most ambitious piece yet.

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Curator Tour: Examining NGV’S Australian Art Collection

13 July, 3pm-4pm | The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Level 2

Join NGV Curators Michael Gentle and Sophie Gerhard as they guide visitors on a journey through NGV’s Australian art collection.

Traditionally the Australian Art Galleries at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia have opened with the story of British arrival. Recently the Collection has been reimagined with the inclusion of historical and contemporary First Nations art in each Gallery space, commemorating 65,000 years of continued First Nations artistic and cultural practice.

In this this tour gain a fresh perspective on Australian art as the Curator’s delve into the Australian Art Collection through the lens of colonisation and First Peoples perspectives. Together, the curators will shine a light on the longer histories behind some of Australia’s most beloved artworks, situating them within the rich and complex stories that make up this country.

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Film: Dig Deeper

13 July, 3pm-4pm | The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Theatre on Ground Level

Dig Deeper into the lives and creative practices of four First Nations artists in this thought-provoking documentary, screened especially for NAIDOC Week.

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