27 September 2023

ABC on track towards NAIDOC Week

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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is marking NAIDOC Week, from 8-to-15 November, with new documentaries, podcasts and live performances by Indigenous artists.

In a statement, the ABC said that in line with this year’s NAIDOC Week theme, Always Was, Always Will Be, it is to celebrate more than 65,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, history and stories across television, radio and online.

“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,” it said.

“A recording of the oration by Pat Turner (pictured), a Gurdanji and Arrernte woman, accompanied by live performances by Paul Kelly and the Barayagal Choir, will be broadcast on ABC TV on 14 November at 2.30pm.”

The ABC said its triple j radio program would broadcast a live concert of Thelma Plum and friends performing in Brisbane on Live At The Wireless on 9 November at 8pm and 15 November at 5pm.

“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,” it said.

“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 Radio is to showcase the talents of Indigenous artists across NAIDOC Week and Ausmusic Month, while a new ABC investigative podcast, Thin Black Line would reveal the story behind the 1993 death in custody of Aboriginal teenager, Daniel Yock.

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