Museums Victoria presents extensive NAIDOC Week programming

Continuing its commitment to highlighting First Peoples

Museums Victoria is proud to continue its commitment to highlighting the living cultures of Australia's First Peoples by presenting extensive NAIDOC Week 2018 celebrations. 

This programming encompasses a new exhibition at Melbourne Museum, workshops, talks, a NAIDOC edition of Nocturnal, and Victoria's 2018 NAIDOC awards, which will be held at Melbourne Museum.

Running across two weeks from July 1 (Victorian NAIDOC Week) and July 8 (National NAIDOC Week), Museums Victoria invites all members of the public to learn about and honour the incredible individual stories and cultures of Australia's First Peoples. Its commencement will be marked with flag-raising or smoking ceremonies across Museums Victoria campuses on Monday July 2. 

Melbourne Museum's headline NAIDOC exhibition for 2018 will be housed in the Birrarung Gallery at the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Titled 'Because of Her, We Can' in line with the theme of NAIDOC 2018, it throws a spotlight on twelve Victorian First Peoples women who have achieved extraordinary things. Extensive storytelling will sit alongside images of these remarkable women from various sovereign nations. Objects on display will include a series of digging sticks, traditional women's tools, which are housed in Museums Victoria's collection. 'Because of Her, We Can' also provides valuable contextual information about the history of NAIDOC. Opening on June 30, 'Because of Her, We Can!' runs to October 14. 

Manager of the First Peoples Department at Museums Victoria, Genevieve Grieves, expands on the 'Because of Her, We Can' exhibition and Museums Victoria's NAIDOC Week programming; "We are excited to be a part of honouring the many contributions of our women to our communities and to the nation. For too long, the histories and present realities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have not been celebrated or well known.  We are happy to be a part of changing this for the greater good."

In conjunction with the launch of 'Because of Her, We Can!', Melbourne Museum will proudly play host to the 2018 Victorian NAIDOC Awards. On Friday June 29, the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre will host and celebrate of an exciting line-up of nominees in the categories of Mr and Miss NAIDOC, NAIDOC Sportsperson and NAIDOC Patron. The winners, high-achievers in their fields and ambassadors for their communities, are highlighted throughout NAIDOC Week. More information about this opening event of Victorian NAIDOC Week is available here.

Melbourne Museum's monthly live music series Nocturnal is excited to present a NAIDOC-themed program this month, comprised of First Peoples  performers and including expert talks themed around First Peoples living cultures, histories and knowledge. Queensland singer-songwriter Thelma Plum, Melbourne rhythm 'n' blues tour de force Mojo Juju and up and comer Kaiit will play live, with Wiradjuri DJ Sovereign Trax to set the scene. Tickets are on sale now and available here. 

The Immigration Museum is currently displaying Barangaroo Ngangamay, an exhibition honouring Old Lady Barangaroo, and celebrating the strength, diversity and creativity of the Aboriginal women who come together for ceremony, healing and remembering. In complement, Museums Victoria's First Peoples department will host several workshops throughout NAIDOC Week. These include a cultural workshop for Koorie and First Peoples women, and an afternoon screening of the Barangaroo Ngangamay film, featuring the filmmakers sharing behind-the-scenes stories. 

To engage with and educate young people about NAIDOC Week, a number of family school holidays activities are planned. The Immigration Museum will host children's dance workshops on July 3 and 4, tied to the themes of Barangaroo Nagangamay. Melbourne Museum is offering a school holiday canoe workshops, plus regular tours of the Milarri garden. Two brand new First Peoples tours will also be introduced throughout NAIDOC Week at Melbourne Museum. More information is available via the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre website.

With this programming, Museum Victoria affirms its commitment to placing First Peoples living cultures, histories and knowledge at the core of its practise. Museums Victoria respectfully acknowledges the First Peoples to whom the land on which its institutions stand, and pays its respects to their elders, past, present and emerging. 

Museums Victoria - NAIDOC Week programming 2018


Because of Her, We Can! – opens June 28, Melbourne Museum
Bagangaroo Ngangamay – open now, Immigration Museum


NAIDOC Awards (Victoria) 2018 – June 28, Melbourne Museum
Barangaroo Ngangamay: Film Screening + artist talk –  July 1, Immigration Museum
Women's Cultural Workshop –  July 2, Immigration Museum - RSVP here
Flag Raising Cermonies – July 2, Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and Moreland store campus
Smoking Ceremony – July 2, Immigration Museum
NAIDOC Week Nocturnal event  7pm, July 6, Melbourne Museum
The Intersection of Art & Historical Collections lecture July 18, Melbourne Museum - RSVP here

Family programs and activities

Canoe School Holiday Activity – 11am, July 2 to July 15, Melbourne Museum
Barangaroo Ngangamay: Dance workshops – July 3, Immigration Museum - RSVP here
First Peoples Tour – 1pm, July 2, Melbourne Museum 
First Peoples Tour – 1pm, July 3, Melbourne Museum
First Peoples Tour – 1pm, July 4, Melbourne Museum
Milarri Garden Tour – 11am, July 9, Melbourne Museum
Milarri Garden Tour – 11am, July 10, Melbourne Museum
Milarri Garden Tour – 11am, July 11, Melbourne Museum

Anastasia Casagrande
Anastasia Casagrande
Media & Communications Officer
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0466 622 621

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