July 1, 2021

naidoc week activities and celebrations for 2022

Written by Emily

It’s time again to celebrate one of our favourite weeks of the year: NAIDOC Week.

NAIDOC Week, which runs from 4-11 July is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Peninsula Hot Springs have had a connection with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 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.

Each July NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

book bath house bathing

visit the official NAIDOC week website

This year’s theme is ‘Heal Country’ which means embracing First Nation’s cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage, that the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders are respected equally to the cultures and values of all Australians.

This year’s theme also brings with it a call to action for all of us to “continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.”

Here at the hot springs we’re celebrating with a week long program of immersive performances, experiences and activities with our First Nations family.

naidoc week 2021 musical playlist

We are pleased to be able to share Kutcha Edward's NAIDOC Week 2021 playlist, playing all week in our Amphitheatre.

Kutcha Edwards has been prolifically combining songwriting and activism since 1991, when he joined Koori group Watbalimba and began the remarkable journey that has taken him from the tiny Riverina town of Balranald to tours of Australia and the world. It is his experiences as a survivor of the Stolen Generations and his proud Mutti Mutti heritage that has shaped his diverse creative output in groups like Blackfire and The Black Arm Band. At the same time he's also been able to forge a successful solo career combining his ‘Bidgee’ blues with traditional songs of people and country.

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