NAIDOC Week celebrations are held annually across Australia from 4 to 11 July to reflect on the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The theme for NAIDOC Week in 2021 is 'Heal Country!', and calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. 

Digital projections 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions impacting the projection display during National Reconciliation Week, the display is returning for NAIDOC Week to celebrate the cultural strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Artwork made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists will be projected onto City Hall, and from the Barwon Water forecourt, each evening from 6.00pm until 11.00pm from Friday 2 July to Sunday 11 July 2021.

Each piece has been created on Wadawurrung Country and facilitated through The Torch, which provides new pathways by encouraging the exploration of identity and culture through art.

The City has partnered with Barwon Water, Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative, Department of Justice and Community Safety and The Torch.

The artwork featured in this exhibition has been brought to life by local multi-media artist Matt Bonner.

Featured artworks from The Torch are available to purchase via The Torch website, with 100% of the purchase price going directly to the artist.

NAIDOC Week online trail

To celebrate NAIDOC Week last year, we put together a list of 20 key Aboriginal sites and venues around the Greater Geelong region. This year, we're expanding the list with three additional locations. 

Starting in Little River and ending in St Leonards, this online trail was designed in collaboration with the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners to shine a light on some of the hidden (and not so hidden) places of significance across our region.

The 2020 NAIDOC Week project was recognised in the LGPro 2021 Awards for Excellence for its work in partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

You can also view this trail on the Geelong Arts and Culture Trails app

Yannan-ik Yannan-iyu – 'Always was, Always will be' in Wadawurrung language.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wadawurrung People. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We also acknowledge all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of the Greater Geelong community, Elders in our community and our emerging leaders. 







2021 additions

Presenting partners

Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation
Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative
Celebrating NAIDOC Week