“Arts and culture is the biggest medicine, the biggest identity for this country. This is what’s good for our country. Good for our soul.” Stephen Page, 2017
Last year, Bangarra’s stunning, thought-provoking film Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra was released, which we are delighted to have supported through The Tony Foundation. This week, in recognition and celebration of NAIDOC Week, Firestarter will have its Australian TV premiere this Tuesday 6th July at 8.30 on ABC Television. Firestarter tells the pioneering story of how three young Aboriginal brothers – Stephen, David and Russell Page – turned a newly born dance group into a First Nations cultural powerhouse. This screening is one of many opportunities in NAIDOC Week to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This year’s theme – Heal Country! – calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.
More tips on how to enjoy and celebrate NAIDOC week (in a COVID safe way) can be found on the NAIDOC website here.
Alberts acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the Traditional Custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.