Inspire the next generation

Arts Centre Melbourne will host a variety of exciting events across NAIDOC Week, 3 – 10 July.

Arts Centre Melbourne proudly continues its work with First Nations artists and communities in celebrating their storied culture, country and resilience.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The 2022 NAIDOC theme GET UP, STAND UP, SHOW UP! is a powerful statement to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as they declare their proud history of getting up, standing up, and showing up each and every day.

Explore the events below.

In Person Events


Celebrate NAIDOC at Home

A side-on picture of Kutcha Edwards - a bald man wearing a maroon shirt and dark blue suit jacket - and several backup musicians performing onstage. Kutcha is lit in purple, while his backup musicians are lit in a dark orange. 

Kutcha Edwards Circling Time launch

Two decades after his debut solo album, critically acclaimed Mutti Mutti singer songwriter Uncle Kutcha Edwards launched his 5th studio album Circling Time at Arts Centre Melbourne. We’re delighted to share a special online stream of the full concert, available to watch on demand.

Available from 3 July at 5pm until 10 July at 11.59pm.

Find out more about this Digital Concert


Kutcha Edwards, an older, bald man wearing a maroon shirt and a dark blue suit jacket, performs onstage. He is singing into a mic held in one hand and the other is stretched out. The stage is dark and lit slightly pink.

New Direction Paved In Circles

Exploring the spirit and soul of Uncle Kutcha Edward’s career, Monique Grbec discovers the musician’s latest record, Circling Time is one of the most vivid and important releases to date.

Read New Direction Paved In Circles

Archie Roach - an older, bald man wearing a black suit jacket, black jeans, a red vest, a patterened t-shirt and a necklace in the colours of Indigenous Australia. He is sitting onstage in front of a mic on a stand, one hand on his knee and the other holding the hem of his t-shirt. Behind him to the right is a man who is standing and holding a possum skin cloak. Behind him to the left is a man sitting down playing the double-bass. There are branches of gum, speakers, , lights and a video display showing a deep orange in the background.

Signs of Inspiration, Resilience and Presence

"Get up! Stand up! Show up!" – Isabelle Oderberg uncovers photographers Tiffany Garvie and Jacinta Keefe’s strong connection to this year’s NAIDOC Week theme and how it is represented through their work.

Read Signs of Inspiration, Resilience and Presence



If you enjoyed our NAIDOC Week 2022 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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