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Join in and celebrate NAIDOC Week 2021.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local First Nations’ community.

The NAIDOC 2021 theme – Heal Country! – calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

We encourage people to attend events in their local area, while taking care to abide to current COVID directions.

Below is a list of events in the greater Adelaide area to help you plan your NAIDOC week celebrations.


Central Adelaide

First Nations Women’s Embodied Performance Practices

5th July – 6:30pm
Odeon Theatre, 57a Queen St, Norwood SA 5067

Presented by ADT’s International Centre for Choreography with Adrianne Semmens, ADT’s 2021 Associate Artist, as part of NAIDOC Week. A panel of First Nations practitioners gather to speak on their practices and recent work. The panel be they from dance, theatre, community arts or activism artists are invited to engage in a conversation about their processes, practices, collaboration, core values and critical issues.

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NAIDOC in The Mall

6th July – 10:30am
Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with community and the City of Adelaide in Rundle Mall.

Meet Australian animals with Animals Anonymous.
Listen to live music from the Rob Edwards and Katie Aspel.
Learn how to bead with Aunty Steph Gollan.
Enjoy free face painting.
Learn with Life Without Barriers.

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NAIDOC March and Family Fun Day **Postponed**

9th July – 11:00 am
Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square)

Join us at Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square) as we march to Parliament House. The NAIDOC March will leave Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square). Celebrations will follow at the family fun day at Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square) with over 40 stall holders from Government and Non-Government organisations, Men’s Zone, Women’s Zone, Elders Zone, Be Active Zone, Small Business Zone and Children’s Zone, Food and free concert.

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Museum of South Australia Guided Tour from Newmarch Gallery

9th July – 11:30 am
Newmarch Gallery, 128 Prospect Road, Prospect, SA 5082

Departing from Newmarch Gallery, enjoy a short journey to the Museum of South Australia for lunch at the Museum Cafe (included in your ticket price) .

After lunch enjoy an exclusive tour of the Museum’s Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery with Dr Jared Thomas, Curator Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Material Culture.

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NAIDOC Ecumenical Church Service **Rescheduled to Sunday 11th**

11th July – 6:00pm
Pilgrim Uniting Church, 12 Flinders Street, Adelaide SA

Join a community church service paying respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons.

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Northern Adelaide

Kids Healing Country

8th July – 11:00am
Apex Park, Julian Tce, Gawler, SA 5118

A family-friendly event for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander kids of all ages.
Join us for a day of fun and educational activities for kids who are celebrating NAIDOC Week 2021.
– Free community event

– Wildlife education

– Food & entertainment

– Kids activities

– Henna & face painting

– Bouncey castle

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Sharing Culture through Art

9th July – 10:30am
Playford Civic Centre Library

We will be learning and identifying symbols that you might see in aboriginal paintings, reading a story and also drawing the story using the symbols we have learnt.

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Eastern Adelaide

Film screening ‘Servant or Slave’

7th July – 6:30pm
Campbelltown City Council Chambers, 172 Montacute Road, Rostrevor SA 5073

Join us during NAIDOC Week for a screening of the film ‘Servant or Slave’ (2016).

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Traditional Basket Weaving and Placemat Workshop

7th July – 2:00pm
Campbelltown Public Library Meeting Rooms, 171 Montacute Rd, Newton, SA 5074

Artists from Marra Dreaming will run a dot painting/place-mat painting and a basket weaving workshop at the library to celebrate NAIDOC Week. Participants will be able to take their placemats home after the session and baskets will be displayed around the library.

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Southern Adelaide

Mayor’s Reception

7th July – 10:00am
Hopgood Theatre, Ramsay Place, Noarlunga Centre, SA 5168

NAIDOC 2021 invites the nation to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders as they do the cultures and values of all Australians.

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Children’s Art Workshop

7th July – 10:00am
Aldinga Library, 11 Central Way, Aldinga Beach, SA 5173

Join a special NAIDOC Week art workshop with local Aboriginal artist and Kokatha woman, Micky Barlow. Create your own lino prints and dot paintings to take home and listen to Micky as she teaches us more about some beautiful Aboriginal artefacts.

$15 per child. Suitable for children aged 8 to 15.

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Leaf Painting – a traditional dot painting workshop

9th July – 10:30am
Marion Cultural Centre Library, 287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park, SA 5046

Join Daphne Rickett, Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri and Latji Latji Elder at this workshop that provides a fun and interactive introduction to local Indigenous art techniques. Paint gum leaves using Aboriginal symbols and dot painting and learn the stories these symbols depict.


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Painting for Kids

9th July – 12:30am
Marion Cultural Centre Library, 287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park, SA 5046

Join Kaurna Ngarrindjeri, Latji Latji Elder Aunty Daphne in a special workshop of aboriginal painting. Listen to interesting background stories and learn some tips and tricks on making an amazing artwork. Materials supplied. Suits children ages 7 years +.

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Western Adelaide

Basket Weaving and Dot Painting

5th July – 9:30am
West Lakes Library

Learn the art of basket weaving and make a placemat using dot painting techniques with Aboriginal artists from Marra Dreaming. Bookings are essential.

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Stories with Damien Coulthard

8th July – 10:30am
Civic (Woodville) Library

Damien Coulthard is an Adnyamathanha and Dieri man, co-author of the book Warndu Mai, an artist and teacher who loves to share his knowledge with all. Come join Damien for a morning of stories, activity, culture and fun. Bookings are essential.

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Warndu Mai Author Talk and Food Tasting with Damien Coulthard and Rebecca Sullivan

8th July – 1:00pm
Civic (Woodville) Library

Join Authors Damien Coulthard and Rebecca Sullivan as they share their inspirational journey to creating their newest book ‘Warndu Mai (Good Food).

This will also include some of their favourite ingredients with you to taste as they take you to the places these beautiful foods grow.

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Virtual events

National Portrait Gallery Interactive NAIDOC live stream

9th July – 3:30pm

Experience a live and interactive video tour through the exhibitions of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra – from the comfort of your own home! In this special guided tour, the National Portrait Gallery celebrates NAIDOC Week and the 2021 theme – Heal Country- by investigating the inherent connection between place and identity through our rich collection of portraits of people who have been and are engaged in healing country.

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