Always Was, Always Will Be

Celebrating NAIDOC Week in 2020

10 Nov

Always Was, Always Will Be


It’s NAIDOC week! An opportunity for us all to recognise the history, culture and achievements of First Nations peoples and, through a week long celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led events, to immerse ourselves in the strength and wisdom of the oldest continuing culture on the planet.

The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week is: ‘Always was, always will be’ and recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists…

It’s about seeing, hearing and learning the First Nations’ 65,000+ year history of this country – which is Australian history. We want all Australians to celebrate that we have the oldest continuing cultures on the planet and to recognise that our sovereignty was never ceded.”

2020 National NAIDOC logo

There are so many incredible events and celebrations happening all across the country and, in honour of this important week, we have put together this list of things to watch, read and listen to by First Nations artists, writers, filmmakers, journalists, and musicians.



Film, Documentaries, Theatre, Art, Dance

In My Blood It Runs – Film

Cursed! – Theatre, Belvoir St

Dance Rites – Sydney Opera House (Online event)

Art After Hours: NAIDOC Edition – Art Gallery NSW (Online event)




Books, Journalism, Online Media

Indigenous X – Journalism/Media

Talkin’ Up To The White Woman – Book by Aileen Moreton-Robinson

Dark Emu – Book by Bruce Pascoe

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia – Book by Anita Heiss




– Music, Podcasts

Black Magic WomanPodcast

Thelma Plum: Better In BlakMusic

Coming out, Blak – Podcast

Baker Boy : Complete Collection – Music

Little Yarns – ABC Podcast for kids



For even more NAIDOC events, visit the official NAIDOC week events page, and be sure to follow them on Instagram for their week of takeovers. @naidocweek

And, if you haven’t already, be sure to visit the AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia to learn whose lands you’re on.





We acknowledge and pay our deepest respects to the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work: the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. We know that our industry has been directly responsible for the continued dispossession of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and that sovereignty was never ceded. We encourage you, no matter where in Australia you live, to find out the true history of the land on which you stand.