Always Was, Always Will Be | Celebrating NAIDOC Week | 6-10 Jul 2020

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Always Was, Always Will Be

Always Was, Always Will Be is a celebration of First Nations artists with original music presented by Adelaide Festival Centre.

Adelaide Festival Centre is bringing together some of South Australia’s most talented musicians to celebrate original music and mark what would have been NAIDOC Week 2020. Originally scheduled for 5 – 12 July, the nationwide event celebrates the heritage, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It has been postponed until 8 – 15 November 2020 in light of community health and safety risks posed by COVID-19.

In the meantime, Adelaide Festival Centre is launching a virtual event featuring accomplished singer-songwriters Jessica Wishart, Nancy Bates, Corey Theatre and Nathan May — along with young upcoming rapper J-MILLA, whose debut single My People has so far exceeded 120,000 views on YouTube.

Each artist has written new music in response to this year’s NAIDOC Week theme: Always Was, Always Will Be. Daily posts on the Festival Centre’s Facebook page will begin with an original song performed by Jessica Wishart, a Bidjara woman who recently released Colours, the first single from her debut full-length album. 

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier AM said the online offering was developed in partnership with UNESCO City of Music and received funding support from Adelaide Festival Centre’s CentrED program, the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation and the State Government’s Music Development Office Project Support Grants Program. 


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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Festival Centre Facebook page.

What:  Always Was, Always Will Be – Celebrating First Nations Artists 

When:    Videos posted 6 – 10 July 2020 

Where:   Adelaide Festival Centre Facebook Page 

Who:   Everyone 

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: NAIDOC website 


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