Always Was, Always Will Be | Nov 8 - 15

Celebrate the history, culture and achievements of our First Nations peoples with an array of activities and performances throughout NAIDOC Week 2020.

The 2020 NAIDOC Week theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ acknowledges that our nation’s story didn’t begin with documented European contact; the very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations peoples.

For over 65,000 years, the land on which Geelong Arts Centre stands has been a significant site for gathering, belonging and storytelling for the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation. Geelong Arts Centre continues this tradition by embracing and celebrating the culture of Australia’s First Peoples and First Nations globally.

Supporting NAIDOC Week is an important pillar of Geelong Arts Centre’s programming commitment and acknowledgment of a long-lasting reconciliation journey, in honouring the arts, culture and storytelling of First Nations peoples.


At Home Entertainment

On November 6, kick off nine days of celebration with Scott Darlow’s heartfelt acoustic performance, before immersing yourself in a week of culture through Geelong Arts Centre’s On Demand content including an ABC special featuring Jessie Lloyd's Mission Songs Project on November 8.


These educational presentations have been designed as a springboard to further explore and discuss the theme of reconciliation and, more broadly, Aboriginal cultures and histories.


Throughout the week we will release exclusive interviews with Indigenous artists, advocates and storytellers.

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Ryrie St Building Illumination

Friday 13 until Sunday 15 November

Be sure to drive past our Ryrie Street building at night to see dazzling reds, yellows, greens and blues inspired by the 2020 National NAIDOC logo splashed across the façade. Aboriginal art is the oldest unbroken tradition in the world, and is iconic for its use of these colours to communicate and share stories.