Always was, always will be: NAIDOC Week on ABC

The ABC will celebrate the continuous culture and achievements of the world’s oldest living storytellers across NAIDOC Week, from 8-15 November, with new documentaries, podcasts and live performances by Indigenous artists such as Thelma Plum, Emma Donovan and Kutcha Edwards.

In line with this year’s NAIDOC Week theme “Always Was, Always Will Be”, the ABC will celebrate more than 65,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, history and stories across television, radio and online.

Live events

The ABC is the host broadcaster of the University of Sydney’s 20th anniversary of the Dr Charles Perkins Oration and will livestream the event on the ABC Indigenous and University of Sydney Facebook pages and ABC Australia Facebook and YouTube sites, on 12 November at 8pm AEDT. A recording of the oration by Pat Turner, a Gurdanji and Arrernte woman, accompanied by live performances by Paul Kelly and the Barayagal Choir, will be broadcast on ABC TV on Saturday 14 November at 2.30pm.

To celebrate NAIDOC Week and Ausmusic Month, triple j will broadcast a special live concert of Thelma Plum and friends performing in Brisbane on Live At The Wireless on Monday 9 November at 8pm and Sunday 15 November at 5pm, as Plum brings her debut album Better in Blak to life, backed by a stellar line-up of special guests.

ABC Melbourne will present a special NAIDOC Week concert featuring Kutcha Edwards, Kee’ahn and Emma Donovan and The Putbacks to be broadcast across Australia on ABC Radio on 10 November from 2pm and the ABC Facebook and YouTube sites from 8pm.

Television

ABC iview’s NAIDOC Week collection of programs will feature works from emerging Indigenous screen storytellers, produced in partnership with Screen Australia, plus recent documentaries The Australian Dream, FREEMAN and In My Blood It Runs.

ABC Kids’ NAIDOC Week collection on iview features Indigenous-led content such as Little J & Big Cuz and Play School Story Time. ABC ME and ABC Kids will also broadcast “good morning” messages in Indigenous languages from across Australia, in line with the ABC’s Elevate Reconciliation Plan commitment to bring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and voices into the national conversation.

Music show The Sound will celebrate NAIDOC Week with performances by Indigenous artists such as Archie Roach, Tasman Keith, Briggs and Christine Anu, on Sunday 8 November at 6pm. Also on the music front, Indigenous rapper Briggs will take over the Rage couch on 14 November from 11.30am to midday and 11.54pm to 5am, while new ABC Music album Deadly Hearts – Walking Together, released on 6 November, features young Indigenous artists reimagining iconic songs.

Gardening Australia will explore Australia’s native flora and hear stories from a D’harawal Elder on connecting to land and nature, on Friday 6 November at 7.30pm.

New documentary Walkabout Wickets will follow the 2018 National Indigenous Cricket Team as they tour the United Kingdom, retracing the steps of the 1868 Aboriginal cricket team – Australia’s first sports team to tour overseas – on Tuesday 10 November at 8.30pm.

Radio

ABC Radio will showcase the talents of Indigenous artists across NAIDOC Week and Ausmusic Month. triple j will kick off the week with a healing and welcome performance by the Muggera Cultural Group and triple j Drive will present an Unearthed NAIDOC Week collaboration with Kee’ahn, Kobie Dee and River Boy working together on a new song. triple j Unearthed will also feature 24 hours of music from First Nations artists on Saturday 14 November, while Double J will host Emma Donovan as Artist in Residence and a Kev Carmody J Files.

ABC Classic and ABC Jazz will start each morning with Acknowledgements of Country, while ABC Classic will also feature and live and studio recordings by Indigenous musicians each day at 1pm across NAIDOC Week. ABC Classic has also launched the virtual Classic Choir, featuring a new carol commissioned by the ABC from Deborah Cheetham, a Yorta soprano and composer.

ABC RN will celebrate Indigenous leaders, artists and performers across multiple programs, including Speaking Out‘s coverage of the Dr Charles Perkins Oration and special interviews on The Music Show, The Book Show and The Stage Show – which will showcase the best of Indigenous theatre in 2020.

RN’s All In The Mind will look at Indigenous-led efforts to tackle the crisis of youth suicide, on Sunday 8 November at 12.30pm. Also on RN, The Minefield (Wednesday 11 November at 11.30am) will ask whether Aboriginal political concepts can be accommodated by political liberalism, while The History Listen‘s feature “The Scholar’s Hut” will explore the training ground for some of Australia’s leading civil rights activists (Tuesday 10 November at 11am).

Podcasts

Gripping new ABC investigative podcast Thin Black Line will reveal the story behind the 1993 death in custody of Aboriginal teenager Daniel Yock, which sparked anger fueled by decades of bad blood between Brisbane police and the local Indigenous community. The six-part investigation, presented by Walkley Award-winning journalist Allan Clarke (Unravel True Crime: Blood On The Tracks), will be available on the ABC listen app from 8 November.

ABC Kids listen podcast News Time will present a special Indigenous episode with guest host Miriam Corowa, featuring stories on Deadly Science, Indigenous veterans on Remembrance Day and the Mad Proppa Deadly music camp. ABC Kids listen program Lullabies will also feature Indigenous lullabies commissioned as part of the ABC’s $5 million Fresh Start Fund.

Additional news, analysis and insights about NAIDOC Week and broader issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be available across the week on ABC News, ABC TV and ABC Radio, as part of the ABC’s ongoing commitment to telling and sharing Indigenous stories.

Go to abc.net.au/indigenous

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