June 29, 2022

NAIDOC Week 2022

Written by Amelia

NAIDOC week activities 2022

This year NAIDOC week celebrations will be held from July 3 - 11, in recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples who have driven and championed change across generations.

We at Peninsula Hot Springs have had a connection with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who live on the Mornington Peninsula since it was established in 2005. Creating deep cultural partnerships with both Willum Warrain (home by the sea) and Living Culture, we have sought counsel and have been inspired by their traditional stories and practices to help shape the landscape and indigenous inspired experiences on offer today.

In recognition of this annual celebration, we have curated a program of events to include storytelllers, inspiring leaders and indigenous artists who share power through sound. Follow us to the springs for this year’s NAIDOC week activities.

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Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander communities have a proud history of getting up, standing up and showing up for systemic change and cultural progression. This years theme 'Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up' supports narrowing the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians and driving change surrounding justice, equity and recognition.

celebrating NAIDOC week at the springs

NAIDOC Week opening ceremony | Monday July 4 | 4pm to 6pm

We will begin our celebrations with an opening ceremony featuring stories from Boon Wurrung, Yorta Yorta and Wurndejri Elder Uncle Shane Charles.

Uncle Shane Charles

Uncle Shane Charles was born in Shepparton; a strong Yorta Yorta, Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung man and 'passionate advocate for reconciliation who enjoys sharing cultural knowledge to make a difference'. He is a highly experienced and inspirational Aboriginal leader with a strong track record across a range of sectors including education and training, justice, and cultural heritage within both Aboriginal and mainstream organisations. He is the co-chair on the board of Reconciliation Victoria and co-chair on the Aboriginal Studies and Indigenous Strategies Committee at La Trobe University

NAIDOC Week Amphitheatre Concert | Wednesday July 6 | 5pm to 7pm

Mid-week, we invite Ganga Giri & Carissa Nyalu to our open-air Amphitheatre stage to perform their powerful and traditional Indigenous sounds all whilst telling stories of culture through music.

Ganga Giri

Ganga Giri is a didgeridoo virtuoso, innovator and descendant of the Palawa people of Tasmania, who fuses this ancient instrument with electronic production and vocals, this music is about connecting to culture.

Ganga Giri started playing the drum kit at eight years old, and has travelled the world learning, studying tabla in India, and using a range of percussion instruments on stage, including djembe and congas as part of his rhythmic beat driven style.

Ganga has taken dance-floors of the world by storm with his unique Australian sound; modern primitive world music fused with deep earth bass music.

With eleven albums to date, and two decades of touring across Australia, Canada, USA, Europe, New Zealand and into Asia, Ganga has performed everywhere from large outdoor festivals to dance clubs, outdoor arenas, hidden caves and sacred temples, and this will be his first concert at Peninsula Hot Springs.

Celebrate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Carissa Nyalu

Carissa Nyalu is a Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung singer/songwriter based on Boonwurrung country on the Mornington Peninsula.

Carissa will take you on a journey to a place where you can feel her deep connection to her ancestral roots. Her love for being on Country and singing in language make for some raw and real acoustic songs that come straight from the soul.

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NAIDOC Week closing ceremony | Sunday July 10 | 5pm to 6pm

Concluding NAIDOC week for this year is storyteller, composer, director, producer, musician and soundscape designer, Yotra Yorta Winyarr Allara.


Allara is a powerful Yorta Yorta winyarr. She is a storyteller, composer, director, producer, musician and soundscape designer. With humour and integrity, Allara uses the double-bass and sound samples from Country to weave textures for healing in her work “I am Sovereign, I am Free”. Allara's innovative music speaks to Blak justice and sovereignty.

Allara was the recipient of the Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent (Music Victoria Awards 2021) and is a founding member of Ensemble Dutala.

Allara is driven by collaboration and improvisation, inspired to bring language and cultural practice to the forefront of her work. Celebrate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

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