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Celebrating Vic NAIDOC Week from 5 – 12 July

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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the place now called Victoria, and all First Peoples living and working on this land. We celebrate the history and contemporary creativity of the world's oldest living culture and pay respect to Elders – past, present and future.

While National NAIDOC Week has been postponed until November due to the impacts of Covid-19, we will still be sharing a program of digital content from 5-12 July to mark the original week. It’s important that we celebrate the powerful Indigenous voices in our arts community. We will continue to share these stories, not just during this week but all year round.

We’re honoured to share incredible past performances by First Nations artists and companies that have graced our stages, along with a collection of talks, interviews, articles and playlists.

Explore the full program below.



Jack Charles V The Crown

Jack Charles V The Crown
ILBIJERRI Theatre Company

Streaming from Friday 10 July, 7pm
Available until Friday 24 July, 7pm

An extraordinary tale told by one of Australia’s living treasures, based on his life and spoken in his own words. Uncle Jack Charles is an Australian legend: veteran actor, musician, Koori elder and activist, but for a good portion of his 74 years he was also an addict, a thief and a regular in Victoria’s prisons. Originally performed in the Fairfax Studio in 2010 and 2016.

Photo by Bindi Cole

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A Not So Traditional Story

A Not So Traditional Story
By Nathan Maynard. Produced by Terrapin Puppet Theatre.

Streaming from Monday 6 July, 12pm
Available until Thursday 16 July, 12pm

Join us on an epic quest full of adventure, laughs and Tasmanian Aboriginal culture! This beautiful production by award-winning playwright Nathan Maynard tells an important story of friendship, bravery and identity for children aged 5+. Originally performed in the Fairfax Studio in 2019.

Photo by Bryony Jackson

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Interviews & Talks

Australian Music Vault Hip Hop Panels

In October 2019, the Australian Music Vault hosted Tell It Like It Is - First Nations Hip Hop Forum celebrating the unique First Nation’s voice that is Indigenous hip hop.

Tell It Like It Is – First Nations Hip Hop Forum (Part 1)

Acclaimed Indigenous hip hop artists Dizzy Doolan, Lady Lash, and Philly discuss the role of hip hop in exploring issues of family, culture, healing and sovereignty.

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Tell It Like It Is – First Nations Hip Hop Forum (Part 2)

Acclaimed Indigenous hip hop artists Neil Morris (DRMGNOW), Munkimuk, and SojuGang discuss the role of hip hop in exploring issues of family, culture, healing and sovereignty.

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Australian Music Vault Long Play Series

As part of our commitment to capturing and sharing great Australian music stories, the Australian Music Vault asked some of the country’s most influential trailblazers and unsung heroes to open up about their lives in music.

Lou Bennett AM

Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung woman Dr Lou Bennett AM is a singer, songwriter, director, actor and educator. In this interview with Jane Gazzo, she talks about the first time she stepped on stage, her time with Tiddas, and Black Arm Band.

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Archie Roach AM

Proud Gunditjmara Bundjalung man Archie Roach AM is one of Australia’s most loved and respected singer-songwriters. In this interview with Namila Benson, he talks about his early writing and recording, and becoming the first songwriter to win an International Human Rights Achievement Award.

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Vic NAIDOC Week Playlist

Celebrate Vic NAIDOC Week with a playlist of diverse First Nations voices from the place now called Victoria.


The Australian Music Vault is committed to capturing and sharing great Australian music stories and honouring lifetime contributions to the industry.

Jack Charles V The Crown: 10 Years Later

Jack Charles V The Crown 10 Years Later

To celebrate the online season of this work, Uncle Jack Charles (writer and performer) and Rachael Maza (Director) reflect on what it was like creating this award-winning production, a decade after its original premiere.


Cesar Rodrigues

Australian Indigenous Hip Hop

Discover the history of this powerful musical force to be reckoned with, and its contribution to complex social, cultural and political messages in contemporary Australian conversations.


Wilma Reading

Wilma Reading

Kalkatungu and Erub Islander soul singer Wilma Reading performed all over the world - yet her incredible story remains relatively unknown in her own country.




“Three women, two guitars, one spirit.” This is the phrase that truly encapsulates the Tiddas’ stories, songs and sound.


Roger Knox

Roger Knox

A proud member of the Gomeroi Nation, Roger Knox’s music has brought joy and healing to audiences from remote communities to capital cities.



If you enjoyed our Vic NAIDOC Week 2020 digital program, we encourage you to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.

Here are some great places to start:


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