NAIDOC Week (named after the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) is the first full week in July each year. It celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This year marks the 53rd year of NAIDOC celebrations and the theme is ‘Unsung Heroes: Closing the Gap by Leading Their Way’.
Bunjilaka is presenting a number of events to celebrate NAIDOC Week, including a retrospective exhibition and performance art installation from the Ilbijerri Theatre Company, the longest running Indigenous theatre company in Australia and the only one in Victoria.
On 7 July, museum visitors and the Victorian Minister for Arts, Hon. Peter Batchelor MP, previewed the exhibition and performance of Jacky Jacky in the Box, which features Indigenous performers in a glass case labelled as if the person inside were a museum object.
Jacky Jacky in the Box will be performed 11am-3pm on 9, 10 and 11 July.