Always Was, Always Will Be. These five words have a power that cannot be denied.

Fittingly they make up the theme for NAIDOC Week in a year when connection to culture, country and community has been tested like never before.

In the interest of safety for the community, Liverpool City Council will host NAIDOC Week online (via Council's Facebook page) over five days from 9 – 13 November, having moved NAIDOC Week from July due to COVID-19 restrictions. Council, in collaboration with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Liverpool City Library, has curated a fantastic online program of activations to honour and celebrate the local Aboriginal community and the culture that will always be part of Liverpool’s history and future.

Read on to find out more.

NAIDOC Week 2020

Program release will be on Facebook as per the below schedule:

Monday 9 November

11am: Welcome, Mayoral Message
6pm: NAIDOC Voices Premiere
Tuesday 10 November11am: Paul Teerman Story in Language
Wednesday 11 November2pm: Music performances by ELEEA, Deline Briscoe and Jayden Lillyist
7pm: THE AUSTRALIAM DREAM online screening (free, bookings essential
Thursday 12 November9.30am: IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS online screening (free, bookings essential)
11am: Library Storytime, Performance and Workshop by Gumaroy Newman 
Friday 13 November11am: NAIDOC Community – including a talk on artefacts, weaving, cooking demonstration and instructional workout video by Rhys Wesser, former South Sydney Rabbitoh

Council will also utilise the Urban Screen in Macquarie Mall to screen footage.

NAIDOC Voices is a commissioned piece by Indigenous Videographer Ryan Lee, showcasing our region and local Elders and community members. This video asks what NAIDOC means to our local Aboriginal Community, and what the theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ means to them.

Paul Teerman is a senior Aboriginal man of the Darug Nation (Warmuli Skin) in Sydney, New South Wales, and has led a story in language for the NAIDOC Program.

Visit the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre website for more information.

Explore works by aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in our Online Collection.

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is home to a collection of over 1,500 artworks. The focus of the collection is to build a legacy from the creativity and commitment of emerging and established artists and showcase artworks that engage, entertain and challenge audiences across our community.

Our collection reflects the diversity and distinctiveness of Liverpool and the Western Sydney region and features many significant Australian contemporary artists.

Visit the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre website for more information.

Created in 1994, the Koori Floor covers the 600sq metres of the Turbine Hall of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. The Director, John Kirkman invited Brisbane-based Waanyi artist Judy Watson to design the floor of the Arts Centre.

The Koori Floor is located in the large Turbine Hall at Casula Powerhouse; best viewed and appreciated from the upper level walkway in the Turbine Hall. It was designed to acknowledge the Aboriginal presence on the site that predates the siting of European settlement and the construction and operation of the power station.

Judy Watson worked on the piece with artists who have since gone on to great international acclaim, including Gordon Hookey, Cheryl Robinson, Vivian Scott and Brook Andrew, the new Artistic Director of the Biennale of Sydney. Importantly it was created by contemporary Aboriginal artists engaging with the aspirations, values and stories of Aboriginal people from Liverpool and across the region.

We are excited to announce the restoration of our Koori Floor - a major First Nations public artwork on our Turbine Hall floor by Brisbane based Waanyi artist Judy Watson. Created in 1994 Judy Watson worked on the piece with artists who have since gone on to great international acclaim including Gordon Hookey, Cheryl Robinson, Vivian Scott and Brook Andrew. It is an artwork that is now viewed as internationally significant and is a fundamental part of the heritage of Casula Powerhouse Liverpool. Our building and programs were built on Aboriginal land. Always was, always will be. CPAC re-opens shortly after NAIDOC week on 16 November.

Visit the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre website for more information.

Visit the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre website for more information.

Music – iso-sessions by Aboriginal Musicians

ELEEA Award winning singer-songwriter and avid solo traveller, ELEEA, is releasing new single ‘Space’ from ‘The Travel Collection’ - an anthology influenced by her independent backpacking trips to 35+ countries. ELEEA is a force to be reckoned with, making music that mixes sensitivity and strength. Her rich vocals and mature songwriting has seen her perform throughout Australia and internationally. Playing 100+ original shows each year, festival performances and support slots, ELEEA knows how to captivate a live audience and take them along on her journey. ELEEA was a featured artist on The Voice Australia, as well as playing at Edinburgh Fringe (busking stage), Mullumbimby Music and Bleach* Festivals and showcasing at Australian Music Week. Recently, ELEEA won the 2018 Queensland Music Soul/Funk/R&B Award, received additional Finalist and Highly Commended QMA placements, won the Miss World Australia Talent Category and placed in Top 10 for Miss World and Top 30 for Miss Universe. In her burgeoning career, she has focused on her music, as well as taking the road less travelled, harnessing her diverse life experience to stay creatively inspired. From her rural Mullumbimby roots, to competing on national pageant stages, working in animal welfare, and travelling consistently, ELEEA’s life, music and performances are anything but dull and will leave you feeling inspired to be fearless, independent and chase adventure.

Deline Briscoe is a strong Yalanji Songwoman from the Daintree Region of Far North Queensland. Her roots planted deep in Yalanji culture and Gospel vocals Deline combines the two worlds in her 2018 Album "Wawu". Deline’s Career spans over 2 decades with some of Australia’s most celebrated vocalists including Archie Roach, Lou Bennett, Paul Kelly, Shane Howard, Emma Donovan, Airileke, Andrea Keller, Iian Grandage and has toured the world with two vocally exquisite ensembles, Black Arm Band and Mission Songs Project. Wawu is a stunning solo album which collaborates with Producer Airileke (Yothu Yindi), Pianist Stephen Maxwell (Jimmy Cliff) and 5 time ARIA Award winning composer Andrea Keller recording an exquisite piece of art in the track “Sonrise”. While the ethereal Tree (co-written with Bart Willoughby, based on a poem by Kevin Gilbert), is a Hymn to creation and nature. Reinventing the Tiddas track “Ignorance is Bliss” in a hip-hop, jazz infused version that moves your soul featuring their Harmonies. The mood of "Wawu" is compassionate and redemptive. In both subject and style, the album’s acoustic hiphop/jazz/roots fusions draw parallels with Lauryn Hill’s groundbreaking The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Deline’s live vocal delivery has the ability to change hearts, minds and even change the weather. Interweaving Wulngkabadi (Yalanji traditional singing) with a jazz, hip-hop, soul infusion. Her extraordinary compositions are enriched by brilliant musicians, Airileke (drums) and Stephen Maxwell (keys/bass). "Wawu" is a show that is an absolutely necessary experience.

Jayden Lillyst is a Gunditjmara singer songwriter who creates a refreshing mix of soul, blues, country and rock. Influenced heavily by stories within Aboriginal music that came before him, he aims to continue that story. Beginning as a solo acoustic act around Melbourne, to then being involved with various acts such as Stray Blacks (Vocals, Guitar, Bass), SKIN Choir (Vocals, Guitar), and Koorie coverband ‘The Blackies’, and performing at a range of community events such as Share The Spirit, The Victorian NAIDOC Ball and the Koorie Night Markets. Jayden has had the pleasure of working with some of Victoria’s best Aboriginal Musicians such as Robert Champion, Uncle Kutcha Edwards, James Henry, Jessie Llyod, Lee Morgan, Maylene SlaterBurns, Uncle Robert Bundle and the Late Uncle Peter Rotumah to name a few. Jayden has also been involved with live music in Ballarat since 2012 (with bands Swamp Monkey, Chasing Mojo and Intervention) prior to moving to Ballarat in 2017 and calling Ballarat home

Storytime can be such a great way to spend time with kids and grandkids - singing songs and sharing stories together. For today's Storytime, Sandy and Rosheen are going to share with you a great book by Sally Morgan and Blaze Kwaymullina called, 'Helping Little Star'. It's a beautiful book, with Sally Morgan's art illustrating the story, and we hope you enjoy it.

Visit the Liverpool City Library website for details.

Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2020 from home by singing and dancing along with performers Gumaroy Newman and Lisa Lawrence. Gumaroy will share some tips on playing the Yidaki (didgeridoo), teach you to sing Happy Birthday and count to five, share some stories about his family, and recite some of his poetry for you.

Gumaroy Newman

Gumaroy Newman is an Indigenous performer, yidaki (didgeridoo) player, traditional song man, poet and cultural educator. An engaging performer and proud man descending from the Wakka Wakka and Gamilaroi nations, he has performed at festivals including the Glastonbury Festival, Edinburgh Folk Festival and Woodford Folk Festival. He has worked with His Holiness The Dalai Lama and with artists such as Arrested Development, Michael Franti, Bunna Lawrie, Ganga Giri, Shane Howard and Shannon Knowles.

Lisa Lawrence

Lisa Lawrence is a traditional dancer and singer from the Waanyi Gugu Thaypan nations. Her mother is originally from Palm Island, the Bwcolgman Nation, which means ‘many tribes united’. She has been a guest performer for many groups, festivals and artists during her career spanning over 30 years.

Wednesday, 11 November 7pm


Director Daniel Gordon Written by Stan Grant Cast Adam Goodes Genre: Documentary Distributed by Madman Films Runtime: 106 mins Rating MA15+

The Australian Dream is a documentary that uses the remarkable and inspirational story of Indigenous AFL legend Adam Goodes as the prism through which to tell a deeper and more powerful story about race, identity and belonging. The film will unpick the events of the 2013-15 AFL seasons and ask fundamental questions about the nature of racism and discrimination in society today. Walkley award-winning writer Stan Grant and BAFTA award-winning director Daniel Gordon join forces to tell this remarkable story of one of the most decorated and celebrated players in AFL history. A man who remains a cultural hero; the very epitome of resilience and survival, who continues to fight for equality and reconciliation.


Thursday, 12 November; 9:30am


Director: Maya Newell Genre: Documentary Distributor: Bonsai Films Runtime: 90 mins Rating: PG

Ten-year-old Dujuan is a child-healer, a good hunter and speaks three languages. As he shares his wisdom of history and the complex world around him we see his spark and intelligence. Yet Dujuan is ‘failing’ in school and facing increasing scrutiny from welfare and the police. As he travels perilously close to incarceration, his family fight to give him a strong Arrernte education alongside his western education lest he becomes another statistic. We walk with him as he grapples with these pressures, shares his truths and somewhere in-between finds space to dream, imagine and hope for his future self.


Souths Cares: Warm-up and Workout with Rhys Wesser

Rhys Wesser, former Rabbitoh, walks you through a simple warm-up and workout routine in Bigge Park, Liverpool. Rhys is a part of the Liverpool Opportunity Hub, an initiative of Souths Cares.

Liverpool Opportunity Hub – Souths Cares

The Liverpool Opportunity Hub became operational in January of this year. Their programs are designed to support Indigenous students in years 5 through to year 12 and continuing that support for a further 12 months after our students leave school. Souths Cares are currently servicing both high schools and primary schools, Government and Catholic Schools within the Liverpool Government Area. We are currently delivering the following programs within our schools:

  • Breakfast Bootcamps
  • In Class support
  • Cultural / Mentoring Programs
  • Yarning Circles

If you have any further enquiries please contact Kelly Pulevaka – Program Coordinator

We are very excited to be here in Liverpool servicing the schools and the wider community.

Artefacts Talk with Uncle Darrell Fabar

Uncle Darrell Fabar has created numerous artefacts by hand. Uncle Darrell shows us artefacts from a number of regions and countries, and how they are utilised.

Weaving with Aunty Lexie Carroll

Aunty Lexie Carroll talks us through handmade woven baskets and their various uses by women. We see the technique used by women to create woven items and their intricacy.

Cooking Demonstration with Jody Orcher

Jody Orcher uses locally sourced bush tucker ingredients to create a wonderful seafood spread, and a special sweet treat for Christmas. Recipe cards available soon!