What’s happening in Ngunnawal country during NAIDOC week 2022

Yum ! Welcome to The CW’s list of everything happening in NAIDOC Week Around the Capital, July 3-10.

NAIDOC week is a time to embrace and educate ourselves about the history, culture and accomplishments of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year’s theme is Get Up! Rise! Show Up!, calling on everyone to raise their voices to fight for change and work together to make good intentions a reality; for implementing institutional change, environmental safeguards, and a comprehensive truth process.

Here are some of the ways you can celebrate NAIDOC Week on Ngunnawal Country:


NAIDOC in Ginninderry: Spend time learning about the importance of native plants through a workshop and bush cooking demonstration, complete with a cave painting as a bonus. The Link building, Strathnairn, Sunday 3 July 12 noon. Free, reservation essential: belcoarts.com.au

Hear the story of a local Bunyip at MEGAfauna afterDARK in Australia’s National Botanic Gardens. Picture provided.

MEGAfauna afterDARK: Experience the National Botanical Gardens at night, follow the trail, learn about the creatures that once roamed our lands and hear the story of a local Gurulidj or Bunyip told by an Ngunnawal storyteller. National Botanical Gardens, July 3,7,8 & 9, 5:30 p.m.; parksaustralia.gov.au

Feather Flower Workshop: At this free event with Gamilaroi Yularoi wife Sarah Loynes, guests are invited to bring their own feathers to create a flower, Tuesday, July 5, 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m.; tuggeranongarts.com

ACT Community Sector Event: Woden Arts invites you to their 8th annual NAIDOC Week event, which opens with a smoking ceremony and features musical performances, art workshops, food stalls and more. Woden Town Square, Tuesday July 5 from 10:45 a.m.; tuggeranongarts.com

Rise! Rise! To arrive!: A day of live music, indigenous artwork and a walk-in workshop with Dale Huddleston. Mawson Shops, Friday, July 8, 10:30 a.m.; tuggeranongarts.com

Wiradjuri Story Time: Join Larry Brand as he brings his nominated book Country Wiradjuri live. Gungahlin Library, Friday, July 8, 10:30 a.m.; Belconnen Library, Saturday July 9, 10:30 a.m.; belcoarts.com.au

Dilly Handbag Weaving: Wiradjuri, Yorta Yorta artist Angela Jane Pisciotta Firebrace teaches participants how to create their own dilly handbag. Woden Library, Saturday July 9, 1 p.m.; belcoarts.com.au

Culture in motion: Bush animal weaving workshop with Ronnie Jordan, a Kalkadoon Pitta Pitta woman. Australian National Botanic Gardens, Sunday July 10, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; eventbrite.com.au


Community Service #1: The NAIDOC Community Art Exhibit features more than 30 original works by inmates incarcerated at the Alexander Maconochie Center created through the facility’s art program. All works on display are for sale, with proceeds going directly into the inmates’ trust accounts. Community Services #1, Narrabundah, now until all works are sold or end of September; communityservices1.org

Tuggeranong Center for the Arts: Hosting three exhibits celebrating First Nations artists through July 16. Jessica Spencer: Nginha Ngurambang Marunbunmilgirridyu, a weaving exhibition exploring the songlines that run through Ngunnawal country like bloodlines. Sculptor Aidan Hartshorn Nganygulia Murunwiginya, Walgalu exhibit tells the story of how the country retains the past in its landscape. Proud wife Wiradyuri Rechelle Turner works in Ngadhu Bandali Ngurambang Gu integrating language into the work of art. tuggeranongarts.com

Source of life: In this exhibition by Indigenous woman Leah Brideson, her works focus on her country, Kamilaroi, and the land she lives on, Ngunnawal. Belconnen Arts Centre, July 8-August 21; belcoarts.com.au

Colonization: Award-winning multidisciplinary artist Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello is of Indigenous, Chinese and Anglo-Celtic descent and aims to challenge socio-economic taboos with her new exhibition. Belconnen Arts Centre, July 8-August 21; belcoarts.com.au

Nancy Sever Gallery: Present Daam Booroo | reflections about the country showcasing recent work by four indigenous artists from the Warmun Arts Center – Mabel Juli; Gordon Barney; Madeline Purdy; Tommy Carroll. Until July 17; nancysevergallery.com.au

MNA: Experience traditional culinary tools alongside contemporary designs on modern appliancesAn Indigenous Culinary Journey: Designed to Live, at the National Museum of Australia, until August 7; nma.gov.au

The 4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony is a testimony to the survival of indigenous cultures bringing together the works of 35 artists, at the National Gallery of Australia until July 31; nga.gov.au

The creation of Emily Kame Kingwarreye Earth as part of the Login experience at the National Museum of Australia until October 9. Picture provided.

Link: Take an immersive journey through rich indigenous culture through artwork, photography, music and scent at the National Museum of Australia, through October 9; nma.gov.au

National Portrait Gallery: The Parkes Gallery hosts the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibitions featuring the works and faces of First Nations people, through October 9; portrait.gov.au


Showcase NAIDOC: Acclaimed singer, songwriter and entertainer Dale Robert Huddleston is joined by emerging Ngunnawal performer Alinta Barlow for an afternoon of music at Cornerstone Pub, Gungahlin on Saturday July 9 at 3pm; belcoarts.com.au

Hand down: Yolnju singer Daniel Wilfred is joined by jazz singer Sunny Kim in this Australian Art Orchestra performance at the National Museum of Australia on Sunday July 3 at 6pm; nma.gov.au

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