NAIDOC Celebrations

What is NAIDOC?

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. As National NAIDOC occurs during the semester break, UQ celebrates NAIDOC in August. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Don't miss Deadly Noize - the closing event of this year's UQ NAIDOC Festival. Come along to this 4-hour concert line-up of some of the biggest First Nations artists in Australia today including co-headliners Budjerah and Mo'Ju, and supporting acts Cloe Terare and Kristal West.

UQ NAIDOC Festival

1-6 August

2 August, 12-12:30PM
Professor Aidan Byrne, Provost of UQ and Professor Bronwyn Fredricks, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Engagement will be opening the NAIDOC Festival at UQ.

2 August, 11AM-4PM
Enjoy a variety of market stalls at the UQ NAIDOC Festival hub, including a food truck by 3 Little Birds.
2 August, 11AM-3PM
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) Book Swap is a fantastic way to celebrate reading locally, and raise much-needed funds to continue the ILF's work. You will also learn more about Indigenous culture and language, while doing something small to make a big difference.
2 August, 1-4PM
In celebration of NAIDOC week at UQ, join us for a 3 hour Art workshop with Indigenous Artist Ang Bennett at St Lucia.
2 August, 2-3PM
For UQ NAIDOC Festival, UQ Art Museum will be presenting a panel discussion with local members of the international collective Ensayos.
2 August, 3-4PM
To celebrate UQ NAIDOC Week Festival, we're hosting a curatorial tour of the new iteration of Oceanic Thinking.
2 August, 5:30-8:30PM
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Trivia event as part of UQ NAIDOC celebrations. Open to UQ Staff, UQ Students and the community.
3 August, 2:30-3:30PM
Exploring the connection between Environment, Social and Governance, Traditional Owners and Sustainable Investing
4 August, 8:30AM-12:15PM
Join the lively discussion around Co-Designing and bringing data to life, Indigenous materials and the co-design process and Oral histories and the co-design process.

Gatton events

1 August, 5–7PM
Join us as we Celebrate the start of UQ NAIDOC Week with a Welcome to Country with custodian Aunty Margaret.
2 August, 5–8PM
Discover all the Bush food on the Gatton campus followed by a Bush tucker cooking class.
3 August, 11AM–2PM
Learn about and take part in a basket weaving workshop, and enjoy a cooking demonstration where you can watch, taste and ask questions.
4 August, 5–6PM
In celebration of NAIDOC week at UQ, join us for a 3 hour Art workshop with Indigenous Artist Ang Bennett at Gatton.

Herston events

3 August, 11:30AM–12PM
Professor Maree Toombs, the Associate Dean (Indigenous Engagement) for the Faculty of Medicine, will officially open the festival with a speech.
3 August, 12–1PM
Join us in the Breezeway outside Café Dose for the celebration of UQ NAIDOC Festival with art activities and market stalls, including a 3 Little Birds food truck.
August 3, 12-1PM
An opportunity specifically for Herston based Indigenous staff and students to build connections and internal networks.
3 August,1-3PM
The Faculty of Medicine is holding a screening of the award-winning film, "Djäkamirr".

4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony

26 August - 26 November | Ceremony remains central to the creative practice of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. In August UQ Art Museum will host the 4th National Indigenous Art Triennial from the National Gallery of Australia, an exhibition that will animate and heal to reveal how ceremony is at the nexus of Country, culture and community.

Deadly Noize Concert 2022

Learn about this visionary project, spearhead by UQ, to embed and embody Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander design principles, ways of seeing and knowing which have always been, throughout millennia, and a central focus of cultural strength and knowledge.

National NAIDOC Week

3-10 July

1 July, 10PM-2PM
Celebrate the talents and achievements of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Experience a Traditional Welcome and Smoking Ceremony, taste some Bush Tucker fusion foods or check out the largest gathering of Aboriginal Artists in the region.
3 July, 11:30M–12:30PM
On this tour you’ll hear from First Nations storytellers and creatives as they highlight artworks from QAGOMA’s Indigenous Australian Art Collection and explore the complex stories of history, culture and place that they tell.
7 July, 11:30AM-1PM
Join Racing Queensland with their launch of Innovate RAP, Welcome to Country performed by Songwoman Maroochy Barambah, an unveiling of the Racing Queensland Yarning Circle, the Raising of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags and a light BBQ.
10 July, 11AM
The Long Walk commemorates Aboriginal AFL player Michael Long’s walk from Melbourne to Canberra in 2004, to take a stand against racial abuse. The walk will begin at The Brisbane Wheel in South Bank and walk to The Gabba.
Open until 20 November
Drawn from the Collection, this exhibition of works by Indigenous Queensland artists demonstrates the makers’ engagement with cultural, familial, historical and political movements, their assertion of sovereignty and desire for political and social equality.
Congratulations to Professor Bronwyn Fredericks who has been awarded a 2022 National NAIDOC Week award for decades of work to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Celebrate the with Larissa Behrendt, from ABC’s Speaking Out, as she interviews recipients of the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours, Anita Heiss, Aunty Glendra Stubbs, Yvonne Weldon and Corey Tutt.

Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

Universities are agents of change and responsibility must be shared across all areas of UQ to create change. If you have any questions about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment, you can visit the UQ Jobs webpage or contact:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Team


Acknowledgement of Country

The University of Queensland (UQ) acknowledges the Traditional Owners and their custodianship of the lands on which UQ operates.

We pay our respects to their Ancestors and their descendants, who continue cultural and spiritual connections to Country.

We recognise their valuable contributions to Australian and global society.