Poster painted by Bigambul woman, Cheryl Moggs, from Goondiwindi, the painting portrays the 2018 theme, Because of her, we can! showing the courage and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. 

We are coming to the end of NAIDOC week, but there are still some events being held over the weekend in Victoria.
The theme, ‘Because of Her We Can’ is a powerful shout out to the “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play – active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.”

Upcoming Events around Victoria

Indigenous Literature Week : Sunday, July 8, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, July 15, 2018 (All day)

Cost of Entry: Free, this is a virtual event

Indigenous Literature Week aims to encourage people to read books by Indigenous authors and to promote their work.

Celebrating NAIDOC Week at the Y Water Discovery Centre : Sunday, July 8, 2018 – 09:00 to Sunday, July 15, 2018 – 12:30

Event Venue: Y Water Discovery Centre, Yea

Wumindjika. Welcome. Come, learn and celebrate the history and culture of the Taungurung people, the traditional owners of the lands that the Y Water Discovery Centre was built on.

Josh Muir Kulin Mural Unveiling Melbourne Central : Sunday, July 8, 2018 – 10:00 to Sunday, July 15, 2018 – 19:00
Cost of Entry: Free
Event Venue: Shot Tower Square, Melbourne Central

At the side of one of Melbourne’s oldest industrial landmarks, a new artwork tracing the history of the country’s oldest inhabitants will be unveiled. As part of NAIDOC Week– Melbourne Central is proudly launching its latest artwork commission, Kulin Mural, by Yorta Yorta, Gunditjmara and Barkindji artist Josh Muir.

Blackie Blackie Brown: Thursday, July 5, 2018 – 19:00 to Sunday, July 29, 2018 – 18:00
Cost of Entry: $35–$72, Event Venue: Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne

On a dig in the Australian outback, archaeologist Dr. Jacqueline Black unearths a mystical skull from a hidden mass grave. It talismanically transforms her into arse-kicking indigenous superhero Blackie Blackie Brown. Her mission: to track down every last descendant of the men who killed her ancestors and have her revenge. It ain’t about forgiveness. It ain’t about reconciliation. This is about Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death. The unstoppable Nakkiah Lui (Blaque Showgirls, ABC’s Black Comedy) and Declan Greene (Calpurnia Descending) team up with Barkindji, Birri-Gubba illustrator Emily Johnson and digital animation studio Oh Yeah Wow. The result is a hilarious live-action bad-arse blaxploitation superhero comic book that will have you baying for blood.

Stonnington Community Celebrations: Friday, July 13, 2018 – 16:00 to Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – 17:30
Cost of Entry: FREE, Event Venue: Hartley’s Community Dining Room Uniting Prahran 211 Chapel Street , Prahran 3181

Join us for a traditional Welcome to Country delivered by our Traditional Owners, followed by a Smoking Ceremony and stay on for afternoon tea provided by The Mission Caters from Uniting Prahran. There will be performances by local musicians and an exhibition of artwork created by local school children. More information:

Colony: Frontier Wars : Thursday, March 15, 2018 – 10:00 to Sunday, September 2, 2018 – 17:00

Cost of Entry: FREE, Event Venue: NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne
Colony: Frontier Wars explores the period of colonisation in Australia from 1788 onwards and its often devastating effects on First Peoples. The period, that to many was the discovery of a ‘wondrous’ southern continent, was to others an invasion of homelands occupied for many millennia. This powerful exhibition reveals aspects of what Aboriginal people have experienced as a continuing consequence of colonisation, through works of art.